According to AAA, there is an increased risk for fatal car accidents for a full six days following the annual “spring forward.” Risks can increase by as much as 8% during this time, making it important that you remain extra cautious during the first week of daylight saving time. If you are injured by someone who was not being as cautious, our Omaha car accident lawyers are here to help. Give us a call at 402-371-4300 to schedule a consultation and learn more.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that, in a recent study, nearly 96% of respondents considered driving while sleepy “[A] serious threat to their safety and a completely unacceptable behavior.” More than 250,000 people fall asleep at the wheel every year and studies have found that people who sleep seven or fewer hours every night are twice as likely to get into a car accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration attributes 71,000 injuries and 1,500 deaths a year to drowsy driving. Clearly, the perception of AAA’s survey respondents is quite accurate.
Tragically, despite finding the behavior “unacceptable,” an alarming number of motorists drive while sleepy, and in the week following daylight saving time, drowsy drivers on the road increase significantly. You can help protect yourself and others by getting sufficient sleep, driving more cautiously, and being prepared for the erratic behavior of the sleepy drivers around you. You cannot, however, always rely on your good decisions to fully protect you from someone else.
If you are hurt or a loved one is killed by a drowsy driver, our experienced personal injury attorneys can help. Working with you individually, we are prepared to build your case, fight for your rights, and help you secure the full compensation you are due.
To schedule your consultation at Copple, Rockey, & Schlecht, please contact us today. We have offices in Norfolk and Omaha, Nebraska to better serve victims of serious injury throughout the state.