Q If I am in an accident with a drowsy driver, am I entitled to compensation?
If you were hit by another vehicle while traveling on one of Boise’s roadways, you are not alone. According to the Idaho Transportation Department, 22,347 traffic crashes occurred in 2013 alone. Of those, 213 people were killed, and 11,344 were injured. While the exact number is unknown, at least some portion of these accidents can be attributed to a drowsy driver. A person who gets behind the wheel while sleep deprived, is substantially impaired. At times, this impairment is as severe as if the person were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you were the victim of a car crash that was caused by a drowsy driver, the answer is yes, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, property damage, expenses, and pain and suffering.
Highest Risk Groups for Drowsy Driving Accidents
If you think that drowsy driving accidents are rare, you are mistaken. Any person, regardless of age, gender, or socioeconomic class, can cause these crashes. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has identified certain groups of people who are most at risk of involvement in a drowsy driving accident. These groups include the following:
- Teenagers and young adults, typically between the ages of 16 and 29. Young men in particular seem to be at the highest risk of these accidents. This group accounts for nearly two-thirds of all drowsy driving accidents.
- People with untreated sleep conditions. Sleep apnea and narcolepsy are just two of the medical conditions that increase the risk of a drowsy driving accident. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that they even suffer from a sleep condition, which prevents treatment that can minimize the risk of a crash.
- People who work in shifts. Studies have shown that night shift workers average 1.5 fewer hours of sleep on a daily basis than those who work on the day shift. The fatigue that results from this reduced sleep time can increase the risk of a drowsy driving accident.
Regardless of whether the drowsy driving accident that injured you was caused by a driver who falls into one of these categories, you may have a claim for compensation. We have helped countless accident victims obtain the compensation that they deserve. To learn more, we encourage you to view our client testimonials page today.