Is Drowsy Driving as Dangerous as Drunk Driving?

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The dangers of driving while intoxicated are well-known. But what happens if you get behind the wheel without a good night’s sleep? If you live in or around Parkersburg and you’ve been injured in a car accident, our skilled lawyers can help you pursue your case against the reckless driver.

Though drunk driving is dangerous, irresponsible and puts everyone in the immediate vicinity of the impaired driver’s vehicle at risk, you might be surprised to learn that drowsy driving can be similarly hazardous. For example, studies show that staying awake for 18 hours straight can result in the same mental impairment as a blood alcohol concentration of .05 percent, which is more than half the legal limit.

Both lack of sleep and alcohol diminish cognitive skills, negatively affecting the safe operation of a vehicle in similar ways. Intoxication and tiredness both impact driving by:

  • Diminishing alertness
  • Slowing reaction time
  • Compromising judgment and decision making.

Just because drunk driving is illegal and drowsy driving is not doesn’t mean a sleepy driver can’t be held liable for causing a car accident. Regardless of the condition of the other driver at the time of the crash, you might still be entitled to damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other compensation for your injuries.

If you were hurt in a car accident, please contact Jim Leach, L.C., or call 1-304-865-8530 today to schedule a no-cost evaluation of your case. Our lawyers are pleased to serve clients in or around Parkersburg, West Virginia.