You probably know that in Florida, to have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 is to be legally drunk. What you may not know is that to be awake for 24 straight hours will make you act like someone with a .10 BAC. Drowsy driving, then, can be just as dangerous as DUI.
The effects of drowsiness on drivers
When drivers do not get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep every night, they may find it harder to pay attention to the road and to their surroundings. They may be oblivious to pedestrians crossing or to vehicles traveling in their blind spot. It becomes more difficult to notice dangers, too, like debris on the road. If a tire blows out, drowsy drivers will be slow to react.
Why truckers are susceptible to drowsiness
More than most passenger vehicle drivers, long-haul truck drivers are susceptible to drowsiness. Part of the reason is their long hours. The rule is that they can drive 11 consecutive hours, after which they take a break of 10 hours. Truckers may choose to drive late at night or early in the morning, though, when drowsiness levels are naturally high. Others may even break the rule and drive longer as a way to make more money.
A lawyer for seriously-injured crash victims
When motor vehicle accidents end in serious injuries that PIP benefits simply cannot cover, then victims may be able to pursue a personal injury claim. The process could take a lot out of you, especially if you’re still trying to recover physically and emotionally, so it would be advisable to have legal assistance. A lawyer may speak on your behalf at the negotiation table, presenting proof of the defendant’s negligence that was gathered by investigators and other third parties.