It’s a fact: Sleep deprived drivers on the road can lead to deadly consequences and now it may get worse. Despite what the US Department of Transportation has recommended in the past, Congress had recently suspended resting rules for truckers, allowing them to stay on the road longer. Truck drivers are now allowed to be on road for up to 82 hours without resting. This can definitely lead to more accidents caused by drowsy drivers.
If you have been in an auto accident with a drowsy driver in Jersey City or Newark, you’re going to need an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today for a free consultation.
Drowsy Driving Has Become an Epidemic
How bad is fatigued driving? Well, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 crashes a year which result in 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, driver fatigue is the number one factor in large truck crashes. In fact, a recent study has found drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.
Maggie’s Law Combats Drowsy Driving
New Jersey has tried to battle drowsy driving by passing Maggie’s Law. The law states drivers who, after staying awake for 24 hours, get into a fatal accident will be charged with vehicular homicide. It was named after Maggie McDonnell, who had died in a head-on collision with a fatigued driver. But the best way to combat drowsy driving is not getting behind the wheel at all.
Get Help Now!
If you or a loved one were injured after a car or truck accident involving a drowsy driver, don’t wait much longer. For more than 25 years, experienced Jersey City car accident attorney Anthony Carbone has been helping his clients get what they deserved. If you live in Hudson County, Newark, or anywhere throughout New Jersey, contact us today for a free consultation.