As personal injury attorneys in Chicago, concentrating in representing victims of serious car crashes, we are surprised by the results of a AAA study which found that one in eight car accidents where someone went to the hospital was caused by a sleepy driver. The study also found that sixteen percent of car accidents resulting in a wrongful death were caused by sleepy drivers. The AAA study was conducted for a ten year period ending in 2008.
Sleepy drivers, according to medical professionals, have impaired judgment and reflexes. Many experts compare driving while sleepy to the effects of driving while under the influence.