Driving when sleep deprived can be just as bad as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It impairs your mental abilities and makes it harder for you to judge your placement on the road. Recently, Congress had suspended resting rules for truckers, allowing them to stay on the road longer. Truck drivers are now allowed to be on the road for up to 82 hours without resting. Drivers with little sleep can create dangerous conditions for themselves and others on the road.
If you have been in an auto accident with a drowsy driver in Jersey City, you’re going to need an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side. Contact Jersey City injury lawyer Anthony Carbone today for a free consultation.
How Bad is Drowsy Driving?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 crashes a year which result in 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says driver fatigue is the number one factor in large truck crashes.
New Jersey has tried to battle drowsy driving by passing Maggie’s Law. The law states drivers who, after staying awake for 24 hours, get into a fatal accident will be charged with vehicular homicide. It was named after Maggie McDonnell, who had died in a head-on collision with a fatigued driver. The best way to combat drowsy driving is not getting behind the wheel at all.
Have you been in an accident?
If you or a loved one were injured after a car or truck accident involving a drowsy driver, don’t wait much longer. For more than 25 years, experienced Jersey City car accident attorney Anthony Carbone has been helping his clients get what they deserved. Contact us today for a free consultation.