AAA Study on Drowsy Driving Shows Dangers

AAA Study May be Useful for Georgia Car Accidents and Trucking Accidents Lawyers to Show Negligence

As a car accidents and trucking accidents attorney in Gwinnett County, Georgia, who is available to handle cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia, a news story today about drowsy driving dangers is of particular interest. The study by the American Automobile Association (AAA), as reported in the USA Today, demonstrates that sleepy drivers account for around 10% of all car accidents, at levels eight times higher than previous estimates, causing thousands of wrongful deaths each year. All Georgia car accidents lawyers and trucking accidents lawyers should be aware of this study as evidence of the drowsiness of drivers in car and truck wrecks can sometimes be used to prove negligence.

The USA Today report linked above indicates the AAA study was extensive, as it was conducted between 2010 and 2013 and involved over 3,500 drivers who allowed for cameras to be placed in their vehicles to monitor their eyes for drowsiness. In the end the study showed that 9.5% of all car accidents and 10.8% of more serious accidents involved drowsiness. This is significantly higher than the reported statistics of drowsiness being involved car accidents in the 1% to 2% range that the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has previously reported.

Georgia Car Accident Cases

Georgia personal injury and car accident lawyers should focus on the time of day in cases where liability is disputed. In deposing defendant drivers, a focus on activities leading up to an auto accident showing sleep deprivation can be a useful tool in establishing negligence. This sometimes will be apparent in early morning and late night crashes.

Georgia Trucking Accident Cases

Sleep deprivation is always a focus of Georgia trucking accident lawyers during the investigation of trucking wrecks. Federal regulations prohibit fatigued driving:

"No driver shall operate a commercial motor vehicle, and a motor carrier shall not require or permit a driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle, while the driver's ability or alertness is so impaired, or so likely to become impaired, through fatigue, illness, or any other cause, as to make it unsafe for him/her to begin or continue to operate the commercial motor vehicle. However, in a case of grave emergency where the hazard to occupants of the commercial motor vehicle or other users of the highway would be increased by compliance with this section, the driver may continue to operate the commercial motor vehicle to the nearest place at which that hazard is removed." 49 CFR § 392.3.

Additionally, federal regulations at 49 CFR §§ 395.1 - 395.38 place limitations on the number of hours truck drivers can work and require the keeping of logs to account for time.

Drowsy driving and sleep-deprived driving is a much bigger problem and greater danger than previously thought according to this new AAA study. Please stay safe on Georgia roads and avoid driving drowsy.

If you or a loved one have suffered a personal injury or wrongful death in a Georgia car accident or trucking accident, please contact Gwinnett County based personal injury lawyer Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation. 

Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia and is based in Lawrenceville, one mile down the road from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Call him today for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585. The information above is for informational purposes only as of the date of publication and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.

Thanksgiving the deadliest day of the year on the roads

November is here and the holidays are right around the corner. Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy family and give thanks for all of our blessings. It is also a holiday where lots of people are on the roads traveling. Unfortunately, it is the deadliest day of the year on our roadways. 

A story in Forbes (click here) shows the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration) statistics where Thanksgiving is the deadliest holiday on the roads. Thanksgiving, in particular is deadly because of the combination of about 50% more drivers on the roads along with higher than usual alcohol consumption.

Please stay safe this holiday season. Keep in mind the dangers of traveling by car and drive defensively on Thanksgiving. If you see a suspected DUI driver contact 911 immediately.

If you would like to speak with an attorney about an automobile accident injury or fatality please contact Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation today.

Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia and is based in Lawrenceville, one mile down the road from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Call him today for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585.The information above is for informational purposes only as of the date of publication and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.

Safety Tips for One of the Most Dangerous Nights: Halloween

Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia and is based in Lawrenceville, one mile down the road from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Call him today for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585.

Halloween is next Tuesday. Let's take a minute to review some basic safety tips to keep your children safe. According to CDC statistics kept between 1975 and 1996, child pedestrian fatalities are four times higher on Halloween evening when compared to all other evenings during the course of the year. Halloween has become in recent years as much of an adult holiday as a child holiday. NHTSA reports that on Halloween in 2012 48% of crash fatalities involved drunk drivers compared to 31% on an average day that year and that 28% of those crashes involved pedestrians compared to 14% on an average day. When trick-or-treating please remember:

  • Children should be accompanied by an adult
  • Older children should travel in groups   
  • Trick-or-treaters should have flashlights, glow sticks, and reflective articles of clothing
  • Don't wear disguises that obstruct vision
  • Stay on sidewalks or off the roadways
  • Walk facing traffic
  • Look both ways before crossing and use crosswalks and intersections to make crossings
  • In addition to looking, listen for traffic
  • Never come out into the street from between parked cars or run into the street
  • Parents should establish a time for their older children to return home and should have set check-in times by mobile phone

Halloween should be a fun night for children. The tips above are by no means all-inclusive. Please remember to use common sense to keep your children safe on Halloween. If you or a loved one have been injured in a Halloween accident contact attorney Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation today.

The information above is for informational purposes only as of the date of publication and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.