Falling asleep at the wheel while driving can have deadly consequences – and it’s far more common than you may think. Each year, more than 100,000 car accidents nationwide occur due to driver fatigue. That’s one accident every five minutes every day. Sleeping driver accidents result in 71,000 injuries and 1,550 fatalities on average each year nationwide.
Who’s driving while asleep at the wheel? Most people probably think long-distance truck drivers do so the most. And it is true the Federal Highway Safety Administration has designated driver fatigue as the number one priority for truck safety. But it’s not just tired truck drivers causing accidents. More than 60 percent of adult drivers have admitted driving while feeling drowsy within the past year. Even more shocking, 37 percent or 108 million drivers have confessed to actually falling asleep at the wheel. And of those who have fallen asleep at the wheel, 13 percent revealed they have done so at least once a month.
Driving while tired might seem innocent. But drivers who choose to drive when they know they’re tired put everyone at risk on the road. That’s why Michigan includes driver fatigue under the state’s reckless driving statute.
Have you been injured by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel? Confused about what to do after an accident? Navigating through all the paperwork and red tape after a serious accident can be extremely difficult. You might think insurance companies will take care of everything. But insurance companies often are not looking out for your best interests.
You need someone with experience dealing with serious accidents and unresponsive insurance companies. You need someone who will tenaciously work to pursue the justice you deserve. You need the Law Offices of Goodman Acker.
Our knowledgeable, professional attorneys have years of experience handling accidents involving drivers asleep at the wheel throughout Michigan. Don’t let someone else’s reckless behavior ruin your life. Take action. Contact Goodman Acker today. We mean business.