A QuoteWizard article featured Simeone & Miller, LLP’s Thomas Simeone, who shared
his legal opinions regarding drowsy driving. The article discusses statistics,
potential dangers, methods of prevention, and insurance implications associated
with drowsy driving.
According to the article, lack of sleep essentially mimics the effects of
alcohol intoxication. It states that going 18 hours without sleep is equivalent to operating
a vehicle with a .05% blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Similarly, driving
while going 24 hours without sleep is comparable to a .10% BAC, which
is over the legal limit.
Included in the article are statistics from the Governors Highway Safety
Association, showing that
83.6 million daily drivers in the United States, on average, operate their vehicles while
deprived of sleep. This results in an average of 328,000 total accidents
and 109,000 injuries yearly. This is an unfortunate trend that has led
to countless individuals sustaining serious injuries, many of which are
Attorney Simeone says that many of the insurance implications that may
arise due to drowsy driving are dependent on the driver’s admission
of fault. In many cases, a driver cited for driving while drowsy may not
face any kind of changes in insurance premiums. This is because the insurance
company may not be aware of what the citation was for unless the driver
If, in fact, a citation for drowsy driving is listed on a person’s
record, it can increase the likelihood that the driver would have to pay
a higher premium. These consequences are similar to any kind of reckless
driving citation such as speeding, failing to yield, driving while intoxicated, and more.
Unfortunately, each year, victims of car collisions caused by drowsy driving
face expensive medical bills, time spent from work, and more. It is during
this time that it is important for injury victims to retain legal counsel
to help them seek compensation for the damages they have sustained. Proper
representation can be a hugely beneficial part of helping a victim move
forward without concerns of financial hardship.
At Simeone & Miller, LLP, our Washington, D.C.
auto accident lawyers are dedicated to helping our clients seek the justice and compensation
they deserve. We have represented thousands of clients in a vast range
of cases, including crashes caused by drowsy driving. If you or someone
you love was injured, it is important to know you have someone on your
side protecting your rights and holding the negligent party accountable
for their actions.
Ready to begin? We encourage you to
contact our team and learn how we may be able to help you.