Drinking, Speeding, Early Hours And Sleep Deprivation Bad Combo

May 15, 2009
By Dan Irving Cytryn, Esq. on May 15, 2009 7:52 AM |
Broward County: A Coral Springs, Florida man who police said may have been speeding was killed early this morning when his car struck a tree in a one car collision. Whether sleep deprivation, drunk driving, or simply excessive speed contributed to another of a rash of deaths in Coral Springs this year has yet to be determined.

Florida was third in the country in 2006 in drunk driving deaths with 1,111. Nationwide, the number of deaths in 2007 was 15,387. Alcohol is a contributing factor in about 37% of traffic crashes occurring nationwide.

Falling asleep or drowsy driving is most common in age 16 to 29 age group. Although actual statistics are not kept, sleep deprivation and drowsy driving is the number three cause of crash deaths in the United States today. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that fatigue is a very common factor in car accident crash and death cases today.

The moral of the story: Be wary driving after midnight. They say: "Drive defensively"--this applies even more so after midnight. The number of people on the road being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or sleep deprived, or speeders, or a combination of the foregoing, increases immensely. Try to keep yourself and your children off the road between the hours of midnight and six a.m., the time when the likelihood of the incidents occurring, increases immensely. If you must drive, be ultra cautious.

If you or a family member are a victim, contact a lawyer for information. Various different areas to look for compensation for injuries include drivers and their family's insurance coverage, your own family's uninsured motorist coverage, and in rare occasions involving alcohol, whom the alcohol was purchased from and whether that involved underage drinking or serving someone who is known to be an alcoholic.

Additionally, any serious vehicle crash involving death or serious bodily injury should also be investigated from the prospective of whether something about the vehicle (perhaps a vehicle defect) contributed to the death or worsened the injury.
Dan Cytryn is a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer practicing in all fields of motor vehicle law, which includes car, truck, bicycle, motorcycle, and pedestrian accident and injury cases.