Claremont Auto Accident Attorneys Help Victims of Drowsy Driving Car Accidents in Southern California
Drunk driving car accidents are so upsetting because we immediately think about how the driver made the choice to drink and drive despite knowing how dangerous it was. Yet other activities such as speeding and drowsy driving kill as many people every year as drunk driving, but we don’t see the same moral outcry. Choosing to speed or drive while fatigued are also voluntary decisions drivers make that can have disastrous consequences, and both are examples of negligent or intentional misconduct. The Claremont personal injury attorneys at Blasser Law help drowsy driving car accident victims recover compensation when they are injured because of the negligence of another.
Dangers of Drowsy Driving Car Accidents
Driving in Los Angeles and southern California requires constant vigilance to changes in road conditions and traffic patterns. Road construction is perpetual, and rush hour sometimes seems to last all day, and veterans of Los Angeles freeways should not be surprised to find themselves driving 50 miles per hour one minute and ten miles per hour the next, with little to no warning of a sudden traffic slowdown. A tired driver simply lacks the mental alertness and ability to attend to his or her surroundings and react and respond in an appropriate and timely manner.
When a driver actually falls asleep at the wheel, if only for a few seconds, the chances of a serious car accident occurring are significantly increased. An unconscious driver is physically unable to brake or make any evasive maneuvers to avoid a crash. Collisions with drivers who are asleep at the wheel are therefore often more severe and occur at higher speeds than other types of car accidents. Drowsy drivers are also more likely to be involved in deadly head-on collisions as they can drift into oncoming traffic without realizing it.
California Legislature Seeks to Raise Awareness about Drowsy Driving
As far back as 2005, the California Legislature passed a concurrent resolution (SCR 27) proclaiming April 6 as Drowsy Driver Awareness Day. The resolution cited ten years of crash reports revealing over 41,000 injuries and 100 deaths due to collisions involving a drowsy driver. This day marks the anniversary of the wife of a California Highway Patrol officer whose wife died in a fatal car accident after falling asleep at the wheel. This date is memorialized in California every year as the officer, the CHP and state agencies continue to raise awareness about this deadly danger. More recently, a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drowsy driving accounts for nearly ten percent of all car accidents.
Get Professional Legal Help after a Drowsy Driving Car Accident in Los Angeles
Police can’t test a driver for lack of rest like they can with intoxication. Uncovering the causes of a car accident, including determining whether the driver was fatigued or asleep, requires the expertise of skilled and experienced attorneys and accident investigators who look at many different pieces of evidence to determine fault in an auto accident. The attorneys at Blasser Law have over ten years of experience investigating Los Angeles area car accidents and holding negligent drivers accountable to the victims they have injured. Let a car accident attorney help you too if you have been injured in a drowsy driving car accident in the San Gabriel Valley or surrounding areas.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Los Angeles metro car accident caused by a drowsy driver, contact Blasser Law in Claremont at 877-927-2181 for a no-cost consultation with a team of skilled, experienced and dedicated southern California personal injury attorneys.