Zanes Law Injury Lawyers https://zaneslaw.com Arizona Personal Injury Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:12:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Arizona Personal Injury Zanes Law Injury Lawyers Arizona Personal Injury Zanes Law Injury Lawyers https://zaneslaw.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg https://zaneslaw.com Neglecting to Use Turn Signals Properly Contributes to Millions of Car Accidents https://zaneslaw.com/neglecting-use-turn-signals-properly-contributes-millions-car-accidents/ https://zaneslaw.com/neglecting-use-turn-signals-properly-contributes-millions-car-accidents/#respond Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:04:18 +0000 https://zaneslaw.com/?p=3851 Neglecting to Use Turn Signals Properly Contributes to Millions of Car Accidents It seems like such an easy thing for a driver to do: Hit the signal before executing a turn. However, according to research at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) improper use of turn signals accounts for nearly 2 million accidents per year. […]

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Neglecting to Use Turn Signals Properly Contributes to Millions of Car Accidents

It seems like such an easy thing for a driver to do: Hit the signal before executing a turn. However, according to research at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) improper use of turn signals accounts for nearly 2 million accidents per year. By comparison, distracted driving receives much more public attention, yet it is the cause of half as many accidents, some 950,000 crashes per year.

In the SAE study, researchers observed 12,000 cars nationwide and found that 48 percent of drivers failed to use their turn indicators during lane changes or neglected to turn them off afterward. Twenty-five percent of the drivers didn’t signal when making a turn. Based on these numbers, researchers estimate that drivers make signaling errors 750 billion times per year—some 2 billion times per day—substantially increasing the risk of a multi-vehicle accident.

The report calls for law enforcement to put more effort into sanctioning drivers who fail to signal correctly. It also calls for new cars to be equipped with a warning system to indicate when your turn signals aren’t being used properly.

Why It’s Important to Use Your Turn Signal

Using your turn signal is a very simple and effective way of reducing collisions. It allows you to communicate with others on the road, giving drivers time to slow down while you change lanes or turn.

Moreover, it’s the law.

As Richard Ponziani, President of RLP Engineering and author of the SAE report, emphasizes: “[A]ll drivers have an ongoing duty to use [their turn signal], just as they have a duty to stop at a stop sign or at a red light.”

 

How to Use Your Turn Signal Effectively

  1. Turn on your turn indicators about 100 feet (in some states, it’s 200 feet) in advance of your intended maneuver. These maneuvers may include turning, changing lanes, parking or merging into traffic.
  2. Look carefully for vehicles and pedestrians before making the maneuver.
  3. Turn off your signal after the maneuver is complete. Leaving indicators on can confuse drivers around you.

If we all use our turn signals correctly, we can significantly reduce the number of accidents with just a flick of the wrist.

Have you been involved in a collision where turn signals were not used correctly?  We can help you. Contact Zanes Law at (844) 926-3752 to see how we can help.

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The Tragedy of Backup Accidents https://zaneslaw.com/tragedy-backup-accidents/ https://zaneslaw.com/tragedy-backup-accidents/#respond Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:25:50 +0000 https://zaneslaw.com/?p=3848 The Tragedy of Backup Accidents Any auto accident involving injury or death is tragic, but backup accidents can be particularly heartbreaking. A backup accident occurs when a driver reverses into a person, object or another car. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an average of 210 people are killed, and 15,000 are […]

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The Tragedy of Backup Accidents

Any auto accident involving injury or death is tragic, but backup accidents can be particularly heartbreaking. A backup accident occurs when a driver reverses into a person, object or another car.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an average of 210 people are killed, and 15,000 are injured in backup accidents each year. Of those killed, 26 percent are adults over age 70 and about 31 percent are children under age five. In back-overs involving children, a close relative is behind the wheel 70 percent of the time.

Hopefully, these numbers will soon decrease.

The NHTSA has mandated that as of May 1, 2018, automakers must include rear visibility technology in new vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds. A 2014 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) report showed that rear cameras reduce blind spots by as much as 90 percent, and that they are more effective at helping drivers avoid objects than parking sensors.  Another IIHS study showed that rear cameras are expected to prevent 1 in 6 police-reported crashes.

How to Reduce the Risk of a Backup Accident

Backup accidents are almost entirely preventable. Here are five ways you can backup safely.

  1. Walk around your car. Before getting behind the wheel, circle your entire vehicle to check for children, space limitations, obstructions, uneven surfaces or other potential dangers.
  2. Use safety devices properly. Make sure rearview and side mirrors are correctly adjusted and pay attention to your rear camera if you have one. But never rely exclusively on these devices. Always look and listen for activity around you.
  3. Back up slowly. Expect that something will appear in your path while backing up. Go slowly, be prepared to stop immediately, and only back up the shortest distance necessary.
  4. Use a spotter. In complicated backup situations or when children are present, ask someone outside the car to help you reverse safely. Remember that you are still entirely responsible for backing up carefully.
  5. Avoid backing up. If possible, avoid backing up at all. Think of potential backup complications when choosing a parking space.

Although rear-view technology can help make backing up safer, accidents still happen. If you’ve been involved in a back-over accident, contact Zanes at (844) 926-3752 to see how we can help.

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Two new technologies to transform driving and reduce accidents https://zaneslaw.com/two-new-technologies-transform-driving-reduce-accidents/ https://zaneslaw.com/two-new-technologies-transform-driving-reduce-accidents/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:19:20 +0000 https://zaneslaw.com/?p=3843 Two Amazing Developments That Can Revolutionize Auto Safety Technologies that seemed far-fetched or prohibitively expensive a decade or two ago are now federally-mandated vehicle safety requirements—such as backup cameras and alarms to automatic tire pressure monitors. (This process will only accelerate when GM’s self-driving, steering-wheel-free car hits the consumer market in 2019.) But two cutting-edge […]

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Two Amazing Developments That Can Revolutionize Auto Safety

Technologies that seemed far-fetched or prohibitively expensive a decade or two ago are now federally-mandated vehicle safety requirements—such as backup cameras and alarms to automatic tire pressure monitors. (This process will only accelerate when GM’s self-driving, steering-wheel-free car hits the consumer market in 2019.) But two cutting-edge developments in particular have some incredible implications for automotive safety.

The Pedestrian Airbag

More than 5,000 pedestrians are killed, and tens of thousands more seriously injured each year, in car-pedestrian accidents.

GM is combating this, with a patent for an innovative airbag that protects pedestrians from serious injury or death in a car-to-person crash. This airbag is located in the small fender area between a car’s side doors and hood, and it is designed to deploy just before impact.

Most fatal pedestrian accidents aren’t when a pedestrian is bounced away from a vehicle, but when he goes “up and out,” striking the windshield or side posts, rolling over the hood and hitting the ground. This means an airbag that covers the hood and windshield would cushion the pedestrian’s initial impact and prevent the upward flinging motion that can be so catastrophic.

Although the pedestrian airbag isn’t yet commercially available in any GM vehicles, it holds great promise.

Brain-to-Vehicle Technology

If you’ve ever dreamed of telekinesis as a superpower, Nissan’s new brain-to-vehicle technology may seem to bring your dreams to life within the decade. This predictive technology promises to read drivers’ brainwaves to implement the brain’s commands—with a reaction time milliseconds faster than the driver’s own body.

Drivers can still operate the vehicle, but they can enjoy the benefit of a constant autopilot as backup, and the ability to control the gas, brake and steering with nothing more than your thoughts is likely to be an irresistible draw.

While new technologies are making cars (and walking) safer every day, accidents still happen. If you’ve been involved in an accident, contact us to see how we can help.

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GM’s Self Driving Car is on its Way https://zaneslaw.com/gms-self-driving-car-is-on-its-way/ https://zaneslaw.com/gms-self-driving-car-is-on-its-way/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 17:37:13 +0000 https://zaneslaw.com/?p=3840 Sharing the Road With GM’s Autonomous Car While the flying cars depicted in The Jetsons may be a project for the next generation, the advent of GM’s self-driving Chevy Bolt, slated for release in 2019, has made autonomous automobiles a reality. GM’s surprising announcement comes ahead of Ford’s promise to build an autonomous car by […]

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Sharing the Road With GM’s Autonomous Car

While the flying cars depicted in The Jetsons may be a project for the next generation, the advent of GM’s self-driving Chevy Bolt, slated for release in 2019, has made autonomous automobiles a reality. GM’s surprising announcement comes ahead of Ford’s promise to build an autonomous car by 2021, and as Google prepares to pilot its driverless minivans in a Phoenix, Arizona, ride-hailing program.

The convenience of an autonomous vehicle can’t be beat, but many Americans are still wary of sharing the road with vehicles that lack basic controls like steering wheels and gas pedals. A recent Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety poll showed a whopping 64 percent of Americans are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about driving alongside self-driving vehicles. Another 75 percent of respondents are uncomfortable with auto manufacturers’ ability to remotely disable vehicle controls like the steering wheel, brake and gas pedals.

Compounding these concerns is GM’s recent petition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). GM is seeking permission to deploy its autonomous car without first complying with all federal safety standards. Some of GM’s requested accommodations are logistical; after all, it’s impossible to have a steering wheel airbag in a vehicle without a steering wheel. But many aren’t convinced that relaxing these safety requirements is a good idea when it comes to such new technology.

On the other hand, a shift to driverless vehicles could ultimately mean safer roadways. 2016 was the deadliest year for American drivers in nearly a decade, with the National Safety Council reporting 40,000 deaths and more than 4.6 million auto-accident-related injuries. A car without a human driver also lacks the potential for human error, and an average driver will be involved in at least three or four accidents over his lifetime.

But the near certain reduction in overall crash rates, once self-driving vehicles become the norm, may be cold comfort to those who know that these autonomous cars are deliberately designed and programmed to minimize crash-related casualties. This raises some interesting liability questions when it comes to personal injury and wrongful death claims.

While the true effect of new car automation is yet unknown, we know the effect of car accidents, today. Accidents happen, and they can change people’s lives, in an instant. If you’ve been involved in an accident, contact us to see how we can help.

 

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Rowdy Kids and Distracted Drivers: A Dangerous Mix https://zaneslaw.com/rowdy-kids-distracted-drivers-dangerous-mix/ https://zaneslaw.com/rowdy-kids-distracted-drivers-dangerous-mix/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:00:59 +0000 https://zaneslaw.com/?p=3836 Rowdy Kids and Distracted Drivers: A Dangerous Mix To combat the dangers of distracted driving, many states have outlawed the use of cell phones while driving, and a single distracted driving ticket can be enough for your auto insurer to drop your policy. But one of the most common distractions is traveling with kids. In […]

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Rowdy Kids and Distracted Drivers: A Dangerous Mix

To combat the dangers of distracted driving, many states have outlawed the use of cell phones while driving, and a single distracted driving ticket can be enough for your auto insurer to drop your policy. But one of the most common distractions is traveling with kids. In fact, one study found that dealing with kids in the car is 12 times more dangerous than talking on the phone.

How Kids Distract Drivers

A 2013 study from Monash University revealed that use of a hands-free cell phone accounted for only about 1 percent of total driver distraction. Meanwhile, driving with children in the vehicle—even relatively well-behaved children—led drivers to spend more than 3 minutes of every 16-minute trip with their eyes off the road.

Front-seat passengers didn’t have this same effect, leading researchers to hypothesize that the need to use the rear-view mirror (or physically turn around) to interact with kids in the back seat is the key element when it comes to distracted driving.

Ensuring Safety with Kids in the Car

Although traveling with children in the back seat may be unavoidable, there are some ways to make your trip safer.

  1. Be Prepared

That’s advice from Consumer Reports—anticipate needs such as water bottles, snacks, tissues—and put them in arm’s reach so neither you nor the children must dig around trying to find things when they’re needed.

  1. Set Ground Rules

Again from Consumer Reports—as soon as children are old enough to understand, set ground rules for acceptable behavior in the car. Make these rules easy to follow and enforce.

  1. Keep Your Eyes On the Road

Make a concerted effort to keep your eyes forward and on the road at all times. Although it can be tempting to reach into the back seat to break up an altercation or hand a child a bottle, even these momentary diversions can are long enough to cause a serious accident.

  1. Pull Over If There’s an Issue

It’s always better to add a couple of minutes to your trip by pulling over to a safe spot on the road and continuing only after your kids have calmed down than to attempt to mediate a fight while driving.

By keeping these safety tips in mind, as well as remaining aware of the tremendous impact kid-distracted driving can have on the safety of everyone in your vehicle, you’ll be much better equipped to avoid accidents.

While you may eliminate distractions from your own vehicle and driving, other drivers may not be as responsible—to dire consequences. If you become the victim of distracted driving and need a lawyer’s assistance, contact Zanes Law.

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Four Biggest Auto Accident Stories of 2017 https://zaneslaw.com/four-biggest-auto-accident-stories-2017/ https://zaneslaw.com/four-biggest-auto-accident-stories-2017/#respond Thu, 04 Jan 2018 22:29:12 +0000 https://zaneslaw.com/?p=3831 Four Biggest Auto Accident Stories of 2017 Each year, millions of Americans are involved in auto accidents, but few of these crashes make national news. With 2017 in our collective rear view mirror, let’s glean some important safety tips from the most high-profile auto accidents, so we can all have a safer 2018. #1: Texas, […]

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Four Biggest Auto Accident Stories of 2017

Each year, millions of Americans are involved in auto accidents, but few of these crashes make national news. With 2017 in our collective rear view mirror, let’s glean some important safety tips from the most high-profile auto accidents, so we can all have a safer 2018.

#1: Texas, March 2017—Texting While Driving Kills 13

In a small town near Concan, Texas, about an hour west of San Antonio, a 20-year-old driver crossed the center line and struck a church bus head-on. The accident tragically resulted in 13 fatalities. As reported by USA Today, one witness reported that he spoke to the young driver just after the accident, and the driver admitted texting was a contributing factor.

This senseless loss of life illustrates the immense potential for harm that can come from distracted driving. You may be tempted to text, tweet or browse the web while behind the wheel, but doing so—even for just a second—can lead to disaster.

#2: Florida, June 2017—Tennis Superstar Venus Williams at Fault in Fatal Accident

Not all fatal crashes involve high speeds.

While crossing an intersection at around 5 miles per hour, Venus Williams was broadsided by another vehicle. According to the New York Times, witnesses reported that Williams had run a red light in her large SUV, as the other driver’s smaller car entered the intersection, striking Williams’s vehicle and causing fatal injuries to the car’s elderly passenger.

It’s important to yield the right of way and ensure an intersection is clear before you begin to cross. It’s better to be cut off by another driver and lose a second or two of time than to aggressively maneuver into an intersection and risk a collision.

#3: California, October 2017—Couple Who Survived Vegas Shooting Killed in Car Crash

ABC News reported that a married couple who survived the Las Vegas massacre was tragically killed just two weeks later in a single-car accident. This accident took place at the entrance of the couple’s gated community. The vehicle left the road without braking, struck one of the gated community’s cinder-block pillars, ruptured its gas tank, rolled over, and burst into flames.

With the vast majority of car accidents taking place within 25 miles of home, it can pay to be extra vigilant, even when your destination is in sight.

#4: Pennsylvania, December 2017—Christmas Eve DUI Crash Sends 9-Year-Old Flying 30 Feet

On Christmas Eve, Lashelle Gibson was booked on suspicion of DUI after causing an accident that, in a true Christmas miracle, didn’t result in any serious injuries.

The allegedly intoxicated Gibson had her two children—an eight year-old and nine year-old sons— sitting unrestrained in the rear cargo area of her SUV. When Gibson tried to pass another car, she struck a center barrier and the car spun out of control. Her 9-year-old son flew out of the car—30 feet—to land under a guardrail. Meanwhile, her other son flew backward and hit the vehicle’s rear window.

This accident involved a perfect storm of poor decisions: drinking and driving; driving children without proper restraints; allowing children to ride in the cargo area of a vehicle, and attempting to pass on a highway shoulder. Any of these factors alone could have led to a far more disastrous outcome.

Drivers may create dangerous conditions on the road for you and other drivers. If you become the victim of this behavior and need a lawyer’s assistance, contact Zanes Law.

 

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How To Safely Drive During The Busiest Travel Days Of the Year https://zaneslaw.com/safely-drive-busiest-travel-days-year/ https://zaneslaw.com/safely-drive-busiest-travel-days-year/#respond Thu, 21 Dec 2017 17:45:58 +0000 https://zaneslaw.com/?p=3828 How To Safely Drive During The Busiest Travel Days Of the Year The AAA reports that traffic increased by 54 percent during Thanksgiving week in 2016, making these days some of the busiest travel days of the year. If you decide to hit the road during high-traffic days, consider six safe driving tips. Plan Your […]

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How To Safely Drive During The Busiest Travel Days Of the Year

The AAA reports that traffic increased by 54 percent during Thanksgiving week in 2016, making these days some of the busiest travel days of the year. If you decide to hit the road during high-traffic days, consider six safe driving tips.

  1. Plan Your Route

Before you travel, plan your route and detour around busy roads and heavy traffic. Also, update your GPS, so you can improvise an alternative route if necessary.

  1. Allow Extra Travel Time

Numerous vehicles on the roads and potential bad weather can increase your travel time. Build a cushion into your schedule, to avoid speeding and maintain safe driving.

  1. Tune Your Car

Road safety starts with a tuned vehicle. Check the brakes, fill the fluids, inspect the tires and top off the gas tank as you prep your vehicle for safe holiday travel.

  1. Limit Distractions

When you’re focused on the road, you’re more likely to spot potential hazards and remain safe. Turn off your cellphone and ask your passengers to keep the volume down as you limit distractions.

  1. Avoid Aggressive Driving

Practice safe driving techniques as you limit accident risks.

  • Don’t speed.
  • Maintain a three-second following distance behind other vehicles.
  • Use your turn signal.
  • Focus on the road.
  • Yield when possible.
  1. Plan Pit Stops

The monotony of driving, lack of sleep and other factors can make you feel drowsy and cause you to experience impairment similar to legal intoxication reports the National Sleep Foundation. At least every two hours, stop for an ice water, short nap or a quick walk as you recharge and stay alert.

These six safe driving tips can protect you on the road. However, accidents do happen. Contact Zanes Law at (844) 926-3752 if you suffer an injury and need professional assistance during busy travel days.

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Your Legal Responsibility When You Host Guests https://zaneslaw.com/legal-responsibility-host-guests/ https://zaneslaw.com/legal-responsibility-host-guests/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:33:49 +0000 https://zaneslaw.com/?p=3824 Being a Good Host: Legal Responsibilities To Guests At Your Home You cleaned the bathrooms and stocked the fridge for your guests. Have you inspected your home for potential hazards like slippery sidewalks? According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, even falling furniture threatens safety since around 11,076 children suffered injures from furniture tipovers between […]

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Being a Good Host: Legal Responsibilities To Guests At Your Home

You cleaned the bathrooms and stocked the fridge for your guests. Have you inspected your home for potential hazards like slippery sidewalks? According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, even falling furniture threatens safety since around 11,076 children suffered injures from furniture tipovers between 2008 and 2010. Before hosting guests, understand your legal responsibility for their safety.

Categorize Guests

Every state legislature enacts unique laws that help courts determine injury liability for accidents that occur on private property. Guest categories are one factor these laws consider. Guests could be uninvited trespassers, invitees who visit your property for primarily business purposes, or licensees invited onto your property for pleasure. In Arizona, your holiday guests most likely fall into the licensee category.

Take Responsibility To Prevent Injuries

Generally, your guests must take reasonable precautions to maintain their safety while they visit you. As the property owner, you also hold responsibility to warn visitors of potential hazards and take reasonable action to identify and eliminate any risks.

Tips To Keep Your Property Safe

Consider following these tips to improve your property’s safety before guests arrive:

  1. Repair structural problems, including broken stair railings or rotten deck boards.
  2. Rope off any areas you can’t repair.
  3. Remove dangerous items such as a rusty swingset.
  4. Secure tripping hazards, including electrical cords.
  5. Clear potential hazards such as loose branches on the sidewalk and mold in the bathroom.
  6. Install adequate lighting throughout your property.
  7. Secure televisions, bookcases and other items that could fall on someone.
  8. Restrain your dog.
  9. Install a fence around the pool, and provide adult supervision for all swimmers.

If you host guests this holiday, you could be held responsible for their injuries. Familiarize yourself with the services offered by Zanes Law as you address any potential liability.

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Holiday Traffic Facts, Figures and Fatalities Can Improve Travel Safety https://zaneslaw.com/holiday-traffic-facts-figures-fatalities-can-improve-travel-safety/ https://zaneslaw.com/holiday-traffic-facts-figures-fatalities-can-improve-travel-safety/#respond Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:03:07 +0000 https://zaneslaw.com/?p=3820 Holiday Traffic:Facts, Figures, and, Sadly, Fatalities About 91 percent of holiday travelers drive to their destinations, reports the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). If you’re one of those travelers, consider several holiday traffic facts, figures and, sadly, fatalities as you prepare to travel safely. Travel Facts AAA found that over 96 million people traveled […]

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Holiday Traffic:Facts, Figures, and, Sadly, Fatalities

About 91 percent of holiday travelers drive to their destinations, reports the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). If you’re one of those travelers, consider several holiday traffic facts, figures and, sadly, fatalities as you prepare to travel safely.

Travel Facts

AAA found that over 96 million people traveled during the 2016 holiday season. In other years, up to 53 percent of long-distance holiday travelers drive more than 99 miles to their destinations and visit family and friends,

according to the USDOT. This same USDOT study found that over 90 percent of travelers visit destinations in the U.S. and spend slightly less than three night away from home.

Traffic Figures

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving remains the busiest long-distance travel day,  reports the USDOT, as travelers driving an average of 214 miles.

To avoid the heaviest traffic on this day, advises Travel + Leisure, travel before 2 p.m. and after 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, Thanksgiving Day retains the spot as the busiest travel day for revelers who drive less than 99 miles from home.

Fatalities

Speeding and alcohol contribute heavily to holiday traffic fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that 39 percent of fatal holiday crashes stem from alcohol use, and speeding causes 30 percent of fatal holiday crashes.

Fun Facts

If food prompts you to hit the road over the holiday, you’re in good company. The most Googled term of Thanksgiving remains “buffet,” notes Travel + Leisure.

Google Maps requests for “ham shop” increase by 20 percent on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, too.

As you travel safely this holiday season, factor in traffic facts and statistics. We also invite you to contact us at (844) 926-3752, if you experience an accident and need professional help.

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How Dangerous Is It To Drive While Tired? https://zaneslaw.com/dangerous-drive-tired/ https://zaneslaw.com/dangerous-drive-tired/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:34:55 +0000 https://zaneslaw.com/?p=3816 How Dangerous Is It To Drive While Tired? While driving home from work, a car drifts into your lane. At first, you think the other driver may be driving drunk, but you realize he’s “driving tired.” But let’s review the research—which basically has found that fatigued driving is just as dangerous as driving under the […]

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How Dangerous Is It To Drive While Tired?

While driving home from work, a car drifts into your lane. At first, you think the other driver may be driving drunk, but you realize he’s “driving tired.” But let’s review the research—which basically has found that fatigued driving is just as dangerous as driving under the influence.

  1. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

According to NHTSA, driver fatigue accounts for 100,000 crashes annually. These accidents cause 71,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths.

  1. National Sleep Foundation

In 2005, the National Sleep Foundation found that 60 percent of Americans drove at least once when they felt drowsy, and one in three drivers fell asleep behind the wheel. So it’s common, but is it dangerous: Yes. The study also found that 11 million people admitted to experiencing an accident or near accident because they were tired as they drove.

  1. AAA Foundation 2014

More than one in three drivers have fallen asleep at least once while behind the wheel. And once again—the frequency of the sleepy driver doesn’t diminish the risk: In 2014, drowsy drivers drifted out of their lane or off the road and were involved in 21 percent of all fatal crashes.

  1. AAA Foundation 2016

Accident risk increases when drivers sleep less than five hours a day or less than seven of the past 24 hours.

  1. Transport Accident Commission

After being awake for 17 or more hours, driver reaction slows. Tired drivers also demonstrate the same impairment as those who are legally drunk.

  1. Driver Fatigue and Alertness Study

Drowsiness increases when drivers operate a vehicle at night. In fact, time of day makes drivers more tired than if they are on the road for many hours.

  1. National Sleep Foundation 2002 Sleep in America Study

Lack of sleep causes behavioral issues on the road. Drowsy drivers may:

  • Make errors—65 percent
  • Get impatient— 64 percent
  • Disagree with others— 44 percent
  • Struggle to complete tasks without injury— 37 percent

Seven studies show that driving while tired is a serious threat to safety on the road, yet millions of drivers do it.

If you are the victim of an accident that’s associated with drowsy driving, contact a compassionate attorney at Zanes Law for details on how to proceed.

 

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