Oklahoma Drivers Need to Stay Safe When Driving in Fog

Spring breaks the risk of foggy weather to Oklahoma City, Edmond, Nichols Hill and Guthrie. Unfortunately, fog ends up reducing visibility significantly. A personal injury lawyer knows that this can significantly increase the risk of motor vehicle collisions. Drivers need to be aware of the added risks associated with foggy driving and should make sure they take steps to try to avoid motor vehicle collisions that fog could cause. night-walk-1441280-4-m

Fog and Oklahoma City Accident Risks

A study published by the National Institutes of Health indicates that fog can double the risk of a motor vehicle collision occurring. The study was designed to get a realistic idea of how fog affects driving ability. Many past studies on the impact of fog have tested drivers by reducing the contrast of everything in their vision in a driving simulation. However, these past studies more closely resembled circumstances of driving with a foggy windshield, rather than the realities of driving through real fog. The new study involved a more realistic simulation of foggy weather, adjusting contrast based on how fog actually affects visibility.

When it is foggy, the road surface closer to the horizon generally appears more fuzzy and faint than nearby locations. The study accounted for this, and provided 12 drivers with two simulated driving scenes that tested what it was like to drive in both moderate and severe fog.

The research showed that fog influence speed perception and drivers tend to slow down when it is foggier out. This undermines earlier research indicating that drivers tend to go too fast for fog conditions. It also suggests that speed is not necessarily one of the primary reasons why the accident risk increases so much during foggy weather. This leaves researchers and safety experts with questions about how to most effectively prevent accidents in fog, since slowing down is not enough to make motorists safe when visibility is reduced under foggy weather conditions.

Smart Motorist has some tips that motorists should consider to try to stay safe. Suggestions include:

  • Slowing down, which research suggests drivers are already doing. Drivers may start to feel more comfortable with the fog if it persists over time and can slowly increase their speeds. Be sure to keep an eye on the speedometer in order to avoid that.
  • Turning on headlights but never high beams, which can make it harder to see by reflecting off the fog.
  • Turn on fog lights if you have them. Many European cars have extra-bright rear auxiliary fog lights that can significantly increase visibility.
  • Don’t use your emergency flasher, as studies have shown that drivers tend to inadvertently drive towards flashing lights that attract the eye.
  • Avoid stopping in the middle of the road. if you cannot keep driving, pull your vehicle completely off the road onto the road shoulder.
  • Keep focused on the right edge of the road to guide the position of your vehicle, rather than the center line, to reduce the chances of crossing into oncoming traffic.

Fog is the most dangerous hazard that exists, so drivers need to ensure they are doing everything they can to try to stay safe.

Accident attorneys in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Nichols Hill and Guthrie can help injured victims. Contact the Dan Davis Law Firm at 1-800-Hurtline or visit http://www.dandavislaw.com/ to schedule your free consultation.

Can Automatic Braking Reduce Oklahoma City Rear-End Accidents?

25
Feb
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Since 1960, 613,501 lives have been saved by advancements in vehicle technologies like seat belts, electronic traction control systems and air bags. Drivers throughout Oklahoma City, Edmond, Nichols Hill and Guthrie have benefited from these technologies. When new safety technologies come out that have a positive impact, they may eventually may be included as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), which provides information to consumers about how cars perform. When safety features prove to be especially beneficial to saving lives, the NHTSA may move towards not just recommending but actually requiring that the technologies be installed in all new vehicles that are manufactured. park-brake-1435251-m

A personal injury lawyer knows that the NCAP is continually being updated by the NHTSA, and in 2013, the agency requested public comment about the types of safety technologies that should be included in the next update. Many commenters spoke out in favor of automatic emergency braking systems (AEBS), which can significantly reduce the chances of rear-end accidents occurring. Because these systems may reduce the risk of one of the most common types of car accidents, the NHTSA has decided to add two different AEB systems to its NCAP.

Requiring Automatic Braking Technologies in New Vehicles

The two new types of automatic emergency braking technologies that will be included are called crash imminent braking and dynamic brake support. Crash imminent braking (CIB) can detect when a collision is imminent and will apply the brakes before the vehicle slams into the car or other object in front of it. Dynamic brake support (DBS) can help to supplement when the driver tries to brake. This can sometimes prevent a collision from occurring or, by slowing the car down, can reduce the severity of the collision.

Both CIB and DBS are designed to target the risk of rear-end crashes. Around a third of all crashes that were reported to police over the course of 2013 involved a rear-end collision. These types of crashes are among the most common in the United States and they frequently occur at intersections, although they could happen any time a rear vehicle is going too quickly and/or doesn’t stop in time before hitting a lead vehicle.

In many of the rear-end accidents that were reported over the course of the year, there was evidence to suggest that the driver had either not fully hit the brakes before the crash or had not even hit the brakes at all. If drivers don’t at least make an effort to stop before they collide with the front car, then the crash will occur at higher speeds and the risk of injury becomes more likely.

Drivers may fail to hit the brakes to try to stop a rear-end crash because the motorists aren’t paying attention, or because they are impaired or even asleep as they drive. No matter what reason a particular driver has for not stopping on time, the fact is that human error is one of the leading reasons for rear-end accidents. These AEB systems will hopefully be effective at reducing the chance of a driver’s mistake causing a rear-end collision to occur.

Accident attorneys in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Nichols Hill and Guthrie can help injured victims. Contact the Dan Davis Law Firm at 1-800-Hurtline or visit http://www.dandavislaw.com/ to schedule your free consultation.

How Oklahoma City Drivers Can Reduce Crash Risks This Winter

28
Jan
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Drivers in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Nichols Hill and Guthrie know that the roads are more dangerous in the winter. You could face a variety of weather hazards from fog that affects visibility to icy pavements to snow on the grounds or in the air. A personal injury lawyer knows that the crash risks increase when the weather is bad. However, there are things that you can do to try to be safer on the roads even during the winter months.

Bad Weather Increases Crash Risks

The Federal Highway Administration took a close look at how different types of adverse weather affect the risk of motor vehicle accidents on the roads. According to the FHA data:

  • Wet pavement plays a role in causing around 17 percent of motor vehicle accidents. The 10-year average for wet pavement crashes is 959,760.
  • Snow and sleet on the roads cause around 4 percent of motor vehicle crashes. The 10-year average for motor vehicle crashes involving snow and sleet is 211,188.
  • Three percent of motor vehicle collisions involve ice on the road pavement. The 10-year average when it comes to icy road conditions is 154,580.
  • Three percent of motor vehicle collisions involve snow and slushy pavement. The 10-year average for these kinds of crashes is 175,233.
  • The 10-year average for fog-related crashes is 31,385. Fog plays a role in around one percent of car crashes.

Weather clearly has a major impact. In fact, the 10-year average for all crashes related to weather is 1,311,970. This is around 23 percent of motor vehicle collisions influenced by bad weather.

While nothing can be done about unpleasant winter weather, drivers can try to take steps to stay safe no matter what the conditions are on the roads. AAA provides some tips for motorists to stay safe when they are on the roads this winter. Drivers are advised to:

  • Look at a weather report before they get into their car. When the weather is going to be really bad, try to stay home if you can. It is especially important to be careful when driving in isolated areas where the roads might not be plowed as quickly and where there may be no one around to help if you get stuck.
  • Leave more space between you and the vehicle in front. Normally, the safe following distance in ideal weather conditions is around three to four seconds. During bad winter weather, the safe following distance increases to between eight and 10 seconds.
  • Know how to brake safely. With anti-lock brakes, it is usually safest to keep your heel on the floor and to use the ball of your foot to provide steady, firm pressure to the brake. This is called threshold braking.
  • Slow down. It takes longer to accelerate and decelerate safely without spinning out when the road conditions are bad. It also takes longer for you to stop. Slow your vehicle to account for this.

Drivers need to ensure they follow these safety tips and remain cautious on the roads when driving during poor weather.

Accident attorneys in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Nichols Hill and Guthrie can help injured victims. Contact the Dan Davis Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE or visit www.dandavislaw.com to schedule your free consultation.

Brain Injuries Affecting Oklahoma Accident Victims

23
Dec
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Traumatic brain injuries occur after bumps or jolts to the head. Some brain injuries are much more severe than others, but all can have a profound impact on your health in the short-term as well as in the long-term. After the suicide of an Ohio State University football player that may have been linked to debilitating concussions, NBC News published an article taking a closer look at brain injury.

A personal injury lawyer knows that people throughout Oklahoma City, Edmond, Nichols Hill and Guthrie can suffer a brain injury due to a motor vehicle collision, sports accident or fall, among other causes. When a brain injury happens, victims or their surviving family members need to understand the full implications of the health consequences and should consider getting help taking legal action against those responsible for the injury.

Brain Injury Can Affect Your Health In the Long-Term

Traumatic brain injury can occur because of either blunt or penetrating trauma. A concussion is considered a form of mild TBI, but even concussions are not actually mild in terms of the impact on health. During a concussion the brain experiences a “mini-seizure.” The brain then shuts down in order to try to repair the damage.  It can take weeks to get better and sometimes never does fully recover.

Clinical hallmarks of a traumatic brain injury include confusion and amnesia, which can develop after a single blow to the head. Multiple brain injuries are more likely to cause ongoing health problems including post-concussion syndrome; dementia; chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and Parkinson’s disease. Post-concussion syndrome symptoms include dizziness, concentration problems and headaches. CTE has symptoms similar to Lou Gehrig’s disease, and can experience altered behavior. Suicide is common among CTE patients and those who suffer from this condition often abuse drugs or alcohol and have difficulty maintaining relationships.

Avoiding a head injury is very important because of the grave risk of these long-term consequences. Head injuries, however, are very common. Visits to emergency rooms due to traumatic brain injury have increased 29 percent in the past four years. Seniors and toddlers are the demographic groups that have seen the largest increase in the number of ER visits caused by brain injury.

Sports players are some of the most likely victims of brain injury, like the Ohio State University Football player who had suffered repeated blows to the head. However, sports are not the only cause of brain injury. The Centers for Disease Control  indicates that falls are actually the top cause of hospitalizations due to TBI and the top cause of TBI brain injuries.

Around 35.2 percent of all TBI-related injuries happen due to falls. More than 62,334 people visit hospitals each year to seek treatment for TBI after a fall. Motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause and 17.3 percent of injuries due to TBI happen due to car crashes. Being hit by objects, sports, assault or violence and other unknown causes account for the remainder of injuries. Victims in many of these situations can pursue damage claims with the help of an experienced injury lawyer.

Accident attorneys in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Nichols Hill and Guthrie can help injured victims. Contact the Dan Davis Law Firm at 1-800-Hurtline or visit http://www.dandavislaw.com/ to schedule your free consultation.

Oklahoma City Drivers in Danger Due to Defective Airbags

A manufacturer named Takata makes airbags for more than 10 different major auto makers, including Toyota. Unfortunately, it has come to light that airbags made by Takata have the potential to explode and strike those inside of the vehicle with shrapnel. The effect of this is that motorists inside of cars with Takata airbags are at great risk. CNN reports there have already been four deaths potentially linked to problems with Takata airbags, as well as dozens more injuries.  

A personal injury lawyer knows when a product is defective, the manufacturer should be held accountable for any resulting fatalities or injuries. The manufacturer should also act quickly to recall the dangerous product and keep the public from being hurt. In this particular case, however, there are complications associated with the recall, and some safety advocates are expressing doubts about whether the current response to dealing with the airbags is really the wisest approach.

Will the Airbag Recall Endanger Drivers?

The problem that has arisen when it comes to recalling Takata airbags is the manufacturer does not have a sufficient number of airbags and parts to replace all those that need to be taken out. As many as eight million vehicles are affected by the recall, and motorists are being asked to bring their cars into the dealer. When the parts run out, something will have to be done.

Toyota has promised it takes this problem seriously, and plans to disable the airbag until a replacement can be obtained. The passenger’s side airbag will be disabled when consumers bring their vehicles in after being notified of the recall. A sticker will be placed on the dashboard alerting passengers there is no airbag and they should not sit in the front passenger seat until parts can be obtained and the airbag replaced.

Toyota had to obtain permission from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to disable the airbags, since normally it is against the law to disable an airbag. While the NHTSA has given permission, the executive director for the Center for Auto Safety believes this is misguided. The director suggested since not every airbag explodes, more lives would be saved by leaving the airbags in vehicles and at least giving them a chance to work in the event an accident occurs.

It is clear airbags make a big difference in terms of whether someone will be seriously hurt in a motor vehicle crash or not. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported airbags saved around 2,213 lives just in 2012 alone. Removing the airbags can have serious consequences because consumers won’t get the benefits of this safety device. However, leaving the airbags in is also dangerous due to the potential for the devices to explode.

Consumers whose vehicles are affected will need to make the choice about how they want to proceed and whether they want to have the airbag removed or take a chance on it not exploding. This puts consumers in a bad position, and the companies responsible should be held accountable.

Accident attorneys in Oklahoma City can help injured victims. Contact the Dan Davis Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE or visit http://www.dandavislaw.com/ to schedule your free consultation.

Saving Oklahoma City Kids With Safer Car Seats

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Oct
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Most parents do everything they can to keep kids safe, including installing car seats in motor vehicles. Unfortunately, car seats may be recalled because they are defective. In some cases, car seats may also not be installed correctly or may fail to function as manufacturers promise. This can have devastating effects.

A personal injury lawyer knows many parents are unaware when a car seat is recalled due to a problem because there is no way for manufacturers to get in touch with parents. Unlike with light vehicles and passenger cars, there is no law requiring parents to register car seats. Fortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has now released a new tool for parents that will allow them to register their car seats and receive alerts if a recall occurs. This tool could hopefully help to save many young lives.

Register Your Car Seat Today to Protect Your Child

In the United States, a child aged 13 or under is involved in a motor vehicle crash every 34 seconds. Unfortunately, as many as 1/3 of children who lose their lives in motor vehicle collisions are not properly secured in a car seat, a booster seat or a seat belt.

Since motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death among young people, using a car seat is important. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that car seats really do save lives. For example, for children under the age of one who are in a car seat, the risk of death is reduced by 71 percent as compared with a child of this age who is not properly secured. For kids between the ages of one and four, the use of a car seat or a booster seat reduces the chances of death in a collision by 54 percent and for kids between the ages of four and eight, a car seat reduces the death risk by 45 percent.

Parents know these facts and most try to do the right thing. This makes it especially devastating when a car seat is recalled and kids suffer as a result. Car seat recalls are very common and just in 2014, more than 7.4 million car seats had to be recalled as a result of problems with the buckle. Unfortunately, the NHTSA reports that only around 40 percent of parents with a potentially defective car seat had the repairs made on the seat. By comparison, in situations where a light vehicle has a recall, around 75 percent of drivers with that vehicle are able to get the repairs made. This is because these drivers are easier to track down and notify since their vehicle must be registered by law.

The NHTSA has a new Parent Central site that will allow parents to register their car seat so they can receive alerts if a recall occurs. This is just one more tool the NHTSA has made available to parents to try to improve child passenger safety. The NHTSA also has a Car Seat Finder tool so parents can input the age and weight information for their child and find the right car seat to use.

Accident attorneys in Oklahoma City can help injury victims throughout the city and surrounding suburbs including Nichols Hills and Guthrie. Contact the Dan Davis Law Firm at 1-800-Hurtline or visit http://www.dandavislaw.com/ to schedule your free consultation.


Drunk Driving Prevention Efforts Save Lives in Oklahoma City

22
Sep
By:

Drunk driving costs individuals, families and societies a tremendous amount each year. Individuals who suffer serious injury may have devastating medical costs, while family members may be left without a loved one. Campaigns like Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over draw attention to the problem, but every driver in Oklahoma City needs to make a year-round commitment to never ever drink and drive.

Victims of drunk driving accidents should be compensated. A personal injury lawyer can provide advice to victims on the laws related to drunk driving collisions.

The Costs of Drunk Driving

In the United States, there is an average of one death every 51 minutes because of a collision caused by a driver who is impaired by alcohol. More than 10,000 annual deaths occur due to drunk drivers. In Oklahoma alone, there were 205 fatalities in 2012 according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has attempted to measure the tremendous costs of intoxicated driving. According to a 2014 report:

  • Drunk drivers cost the nation $47 billion in direct economic costs in 2010. This is an average cost of $152 for every single person in the United States.
  • When factoring in harm to society that results from the loss of life or lost quality of life due to drunk driving collisions, the costs of drunk driving rise to $195 billion.
  • The average economic cost of a minor injury that results from a collision with an impaired driver is around $22,000. There are additional losses of $25,000 related to a decline in quality of life that can bring the cost of a simple injury up significantly.
  • When critical injuries occur as a result of a collision with an intoxicated driver, the economic losses can total more than $1.1 million and the loss of quality of life is valued at almost $5 million.

In many cases, it is not the drunk drivers themselves who pay the direct costs of their impaired driving. As many as 35 percent of deaths caused by impaired drivers are passengers, non-occupants of vehicles like bicyclists or pedestrians, or are occupants of vehicles other than the one driven by the impaired driver.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration organizes periodic campaigns to try to discourage motorists from driving drunk. Just recently, from August 15 through Labor Day weekend, the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign was going on. During this campaign, there were more than 10,000 police departments and law enforcement agencies across the country who stepped up enforcement of impaired driving laws. Educational announcements also ran during the campaign.

Now that the campaign is over, life should not just return back to normal. Drivers still need to remember the tremendous losses that intoxicated driving can cause and police will still be on the lookout for motorists who are impaired. Drivers need to remember that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that having a blood-alcohol concentration of just .02 can already start to impair your ability to drive safely. Do not take a chance – just avoid drinking before you drive.

A personal injury lawyer in Oklahoma City, OK can help injured victims. Contact the Dan Davis Law Firm at 1-800-Hurtline to schedule your free consultation.

Back-to-School Safety Advice to Prevent Oklahoma Child Injuries

The school year results in risks to children from playground injuries to sporting injuries and transportation accidents. Children can be hurt or even killed if proper safety precautions are not taken. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are approximately 5,401 fatalities among school-aged children between the ages of five and 14. Accidents resulting in unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death.

With a new school year starting, parents, schools and students need to know the safety risks and the precautions they can take to reduce the chances of harm. The National Safety Council has provided comprehensive information on the dangers that young people may face. Accident victims should consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer for help pursuing a claim for compensation if a child is injured due to negligence during the school year.

Back to School Safety Tips

The National Safety Council (NSC) has a checklist that details how to prevent some of the top causes of injury for kids during the school year. For example, to prevent transportation accidents, parents should:

  • Review the rules for walking safety with kids who are going to walk to school, including the importance of looking both ways before crossing a road and staying on sidewalks on roads that have walkways.
  • Do a practice walk to school with kids who will be walking to school on a new route or who are walking to school for the first time.
  • Require children who ride bikes to school to wear properly-fitted helmets at all times and remind children that they need to ride on the correct side of the road as well as come to a complete stop before crossing the road on a bicycle.
  • Go to a bus stop with children the first time that they take the bus, and teaching children proper safety rules including ensuring they are at least six feet from the curb when waiting for the bus and at least 12 feet in front of the bus before crossing the road.

To ensure that children do not injure their backs as a result of overly heavy backpacks, parents should:

  • Shop carefully for a backpack to ensure that it is appropriately sized and comfortable for a child.
  • Restrict the weight of a backpack to no more than 10 to 20 percent of the body weight of the child who will be carrying it.
  • Have kids use both of the backpack’s straps when carrying the backpack to ensure that the weight is distributed evenly.

To reduce the risk of playground injuries, parents and schools both have important responsibilities:

  • Kids should be allowed to play only on playgrounds that have a soft surface below the playground equipment. Schools should avoid putting playgrounds in areas where there is a concrete, dirt or grass surface.
  • Children should always be watched when playing especially when using climbing equipment.
  • Children should not be allowed to use monkey bars and schools should not have monkey bars on their playground equipment.

Schools are responsible for supervising children while the kids are attending class and can be held responsible if negligence results in injury.

Accident attorneys in Oklahoma City can help injured victims. Contact the Dan Davis Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE to schedule your free consultation.

Oklahoma Driver Safety – From City to Road Trip

23
Jul
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Summer is a prime time to take a road trip, especially over holiday weekends such as July 4th and Labor Day. If you decide to make the most of the rest of your vacation by heading out on a trip in your car, you need to make sure that you do everything you can to arrive safely at your destination.

Safer Car provides tips for what you can do before you head out as well as on your trip in order to reduce the risk of a collision. You also need to understand your rights if an accident occurs. A personal injury attorney can help.

How to Stay Safe During a Summer Road Trip

Staying safe and having a successful trip starts before you ever head out in your vehicle. Before you leave on your trip, you should:

  • Check your tire pressure and the treads on your tires. Most new vehicles will tell you when pressure is low. However, summer heat wreaks havoc on tires so check manually just to be on the safe side.
  • Examine your windshield wiper blades to make sure they are still in good condition and will keep your windshield clear.
  • Check the coolant level in your vehicle.
  • Make sure that all of the car lights are working including brake lights, turn signals, interior lights, tail lights and flashers.
  • If you haven’t had your vehicle checked in a while, consider going in for a preventative maintenance checkup. You should also be sure that the oil has been changed on schedule and the tires rotated if needed.

While you are on your trip:

  • Ensure children 13 and under ride in the back seat of the vehicle.
  • If you have younger children make sure you use the appropriate booster seat or car seat for the child’s age and weight. Follow manufacturer instructions to check if the car seat or booster seat is properly installed.
  • Require all passengers to buckle up whenever you are driving in your vehicle.
  • Obey all rules of the road and avoid driving for too long of a time so you do not become drowsy.
  • Never drink and drive and avoid distractions behind the wheel.
  • Be on the lookout for pedestrians when you are driving and remember you can encounter pedestrians everywhere. Stop for pedestrians on crosswalks even if the crosswalk is not marked, and stop well back from the crosswalk so that other drivers can see that the pedestrian is coming across. Don’t assume that pedestrians can see you.

Finally, in case of an emergency, it helps if you have an emergency roadside kit with you. You should consider keeping this kit in your car and stocked with a flashlight, a white flag, flares, a cellular phone, work gloves and a change of clothing, basic repair tools including duct tape to repair hose leaks, and nonperishable drinking water and food in case you get stuck.

By following these tips, hopefully your summer road trip will go smoothly.

A personal injury lawyer in Oklahoma City can help injured victims. Contact the Dan Davis Law Firm at 1-800-Hurtline or visit http://www.dandavislaw.com/ to schedule your free consultation.

Stigmatizing Drowsy Driving Could Save Lives

23
Jun
By:

The accident that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan is drawing national attention to an issue that has been a problem for a long time: drowsy driving.  Drowsiness can slow a motorist’s reaction time, making the driver less attentive than he otherwise would be, and can impair a motorist’s decision-making skills. All of this makes him much more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle collision.

New York Magazine published an article on the issue of drowsy driving after the Tracy Morgan accident, suggesting that a stronger stigma against fatigued driving is necessary. Public attitudes toward drunk driving have led to a significant decline in alcohol-related fatalities. If drowsy driving could also be stigmatized, fewer drivers would engage in the high risk behavior and lives could be saved.

When a tired motorist causes a crash, accident attorneys in Oklahoma City can help. Call the Dan Davis Law Firm to speak with a member of our legal team.

Why Stigmatize Drowsy Driving

An estimated 15 to 33 percent of fatal crashes in the United States today likely involve a drowsy driver.  Studies have also shown that someone who is awake for 18 hours has an impairment that is the equivalent of having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .05. By the time the motorist has been awake for a period of 24 hours, his impairment level is equal to that of having a BAC of .10, which is above the legal limit of .08.

Despite the risks, most people don’t think drowsy driving is as bad as drunk driving. A 2012 Public Attitude Survey found that 38 percent of subjects had never driven tired. This was much smaller than the 95 percent of respondents who said that they had never driven drunk.  Far fewer drivers also text than drive while fatigued. Around 91 percent of drivers said that they never text.

An AAA Foundation study revealed that 26.3 percent of drivers admitted to driving while having difficulty keeping their eyes open during the past month. A total of 96.3 percent of motorists disapproved of people who drive when they can’t keep their eyes open.

Clearly, motorists know that drowsy driving is dangerous but they are doing it anyway. Unfortunately, laws can’t prevent private individuals from fatigued driving. There are no laws that limit the number of hours private citizens can drive. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) limits the number of hours that truckers can operate their vehicles, but the driver involved in the Tracy Morgan accident had reportedly been awake for more than 24 hours.

Since the law isn’t the answer, what is? Studies have shown that social stigmas may be a more effective way to get people to alter undesirable behaviors compared with presenting them with statistics showing the dangers.

If society stigmatizes drowsy driving, perhaps this could make a difference and motorists would think twice before getting behind the wheel fatigued.

Accident attorneys in Oklahoma City can help injured victims. Contact the Dan Davis Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE or visit http://www.dandavislaw.com/ to schedule your free consultation.