Fatigued Driving Car Accidents in Miami
When looking at car accidents, a lot of focus is put on factors including intoxication, high-speed, and carelessness as major contributors. However, one significant factor that is seldom addressed is fatigue. Although most would agree that fatigue affects driving, they wouldn’t think it is a leading cause for car accidents in Miami.
Show Me the Facts
According to a recent study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 1 in every 5 vehicular accidents is caused by fatigue instead of the 2 to 5% figure that previous studies have shown.There are many reasons why it is difficult to determine when fatigue is a contributor to an accident, one being the lack of tests, which can detect fatigue.
Recent studies by NHTSA show that there are certain demographics,which contribute a significant proportion of all driving related accidents due to fatigue. Men in the 18 to 29 age group are more likely to drive while drowsy than women. Furthermore, fatigue car accidents are not restricted to a geographical location or area.
Why Do Fatigue Car Accidents Occur?
To understand why fatigue causes accidents, one needs to look at the impairments that an individual starts suffering from when he or she is drowsy. When an individual is awake for an extended period of time, or longer than he or she is accustomed to, his or her performance or ability to perform basic tasks, such as driving, declines significantly. Fatigue slows down reaction time, which can mean the difference between life and death in car accidents. Fatigue also causes deficits in information processing, which significantly reduces performance while driving.
Australian researchers have shown that being awake for eighteen hours is equivalent to having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.05, in terms of impairment. Furthermore, being awake for 24 hours straight is equivalent to a BAC level of 0.10. In most states in the U.S., A BAC level of 0.08 or above is considered a high level of intoxication.
It is more difficult to press charges against someone who causes an accident due to fatigue than someone who causes accident due to driving under the influence. This is because it is easier to detect a drunk driver than a driver suffering from fatigue.
What to Do if a Fatigue Car Accident Occurs
If you or someone you know has recently been the victim of a fatigue car accident in Miami, then it is necessary to talk to an experienced and proficient fatigue car accident lawyer in Miami.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury caused by a drowsy driver, contact us as early as possible for a free initial consultation to ensure that your rights are fully protected and that your needs are met in a timely fashion.