A two-car accident on Highway 264 east in Greenville was caused by one of the drivers falling asleep at the wheel. According to police, both vehicles were traveling in the westbound lanes when one of the drivers – who was traveling in the left lane – fell asleep and smashed his vehicle into a van that was in the right lane. The impact caused the van to roll over several times and land in the eastbound lanes.
The driver of the van was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver who fell asleep was uninjured. He has been charged with reckless driving.
Drowsy driving crashes continue to increase each year and according to a new study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the problem of drowsy or fatigued driving is much more serious than what federal government estimates show it to be. Statistics from the AAA study revealed that one in 10 vehicle accidents are caused by a fatigued driver, while federal data says that only 1 to 2 percent of all crashes are a result of drowsy driving.
In the AAA study, 3,500 drivers were monitored over a period of several months, using dashboard cameras and other equipment. There were more than 700 crashes recorded and in almost 10 percent of those crashes, drowsy driving was determined to be the cause.
AAA has conducted multiple studies on the issue of drowsy driving crashes. These studies have revealed multiple dangers of fatigued driving. Adults should be getting at least seven hours per sleep every night, yet almost 20 percent of Americans sleep for less every night. Losing two or three hours of that required sleep quadruples a driver’s risk of being in a crash. Those crashes are responsible for more than 20 percent of all fatal crashes in this country.
The bottom line, according to all these studies, is that getting behind the wheel of a vehicle when you haven’t had enough sleep is the same as getting behind the wheel if you have been drinking – and can be just as deadly.
North Carolina Drowsing Driving Crashes
If you have been injured in a crash caused by a fatigued driver, contact a North Carolina car accident attorney to find out what damages you may be able to pursue in a car accident claim.
The Carolinas personal injury attorneys from Shapiro & Appleton have successfully advocated for many distracted driving accident victims in obtaining the financial compensation they deserved, including medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other losses their injuries have caused. Call our office today at 800-752-0042 for a free case evaluation.