The Threats of Drowsy Driving
Residents of New Mexico have to share the road with a wide array of different drivers. This can significantly increase your chances of being involved in a car accident. There are many risks associated with fatigued driving--a hazard that can potentially result in serious car accidents.
Drowsy driving often happens when someone gets in the driver’s seat despite knowing that they are exhausted and need to get a bit of sleep. Drowsy driving doesn’t get nearly as much bad press as behaviors like drunk or distracted driving does, so it is still a pretty frequent occurrence, with many drivers across the state and country getting behind the wheel of a car without adequate rest.
How Drowsy Driving Impacts Drivers
In reality, drowsy driving can have a serious impact on the driver’s mental and physical capabilities, with these two being the greatest causes for concern. For instance, fatigued motorists have similar coordination issues and delayed reaction times as experienced by intoxicated drivers. They are also much less likely to react to roadway hazards, preventing them from coming to a complete stop in time to avoid a crash. Drowsy drivers are more likely to swerve unexpectedly, and they are unlikely to avoid colliding with other drivers that could be in their path.
Also, drowsy driving can cause serious car accidents due to the fact that fatigued motorists are unable to react to roadway hazards in a timely fashion. These motorists may even nod off behind the wheel and drive into oncoming traffic, adjacent lanes, or swerve off the road entirely and hit a pedestrian.
Seek Legal Help After a Crash
Have you been injured in a crash that happened because a driver was noticeably tired? You should consider contacting a New Mexico personal injury lawyer to learn more about how you can perhaps recover lost compensation to cover your injuries and other damages.
Drowsy Driving Accidents in New Mexico
The threat posed by fatigued motorists is drastically understated. We all know how dangerous it is to drive drunk or while texting, but there are not too many awareness campaigns tackling drowsy driving. However, it is still a serious risk, and drowsy drivers cause tens of thousands of crashes every year.
In fact, there are more than 72,000 crashes attributed to drowsy drivers each year. In 2013, 800 people were killed by fatigued motorists. These drivers can be held responsible for your injuries with the help of a New Mexico car crash attorney.
Taking on big insurance companies can seem like an insurmountable task on your own. That is why the legal team at Will Ferguson & Associates is here to help you through every step of the legal process to obtain your deserved compensation. Contact our law offices today at (505) 243-5566 if you or a loved one has been unfairly injured by a drowsy driver.