Law Offices of Paul K. Schrier, PLLC

Sleepy Drivers Just as Dangerous as Drunk Drivers

Home » Florida Personal Injury Blog » Sleepy Drivers Just as Dangerous as Drunk Drivers

When a driver falls asleep while behind the wheel, it often causes devastating consequences for themselves, as well as others on the road.

Miami-car-accident-lawyer.jpgAccording to statistics from the Florida Highway Patrol, the number of deaths related to drowsy driving is steadily going up in the Sunshine State. In fact, in 2013 and 2014 there were 14 recorded deaths per year and in 2015 - 23. This noticeable and unnerving trend is expected to continue if something isn't done about this problem.

Drowsy Drivers Just As Dangerous As Drunk Drivers

The Danger of Sleep Deprived Drivers

According to a recent study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, sleep-deprived drivers are as dangerous as those who get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. What is especially surprising is the fact that even just a little sleep loss can impact a driver's ability to remain safe while on the road.

Most people already understand that the less sleep they get, the bigger risk they have of being involved in a car accident. However, according to various studies, even skimping on just one or two hours a night can increase the risk of a crash 1.3 times. This means getting only six hours, compared to the recommended minimum of seven. Consider the following:

  • Only 5-7 hours of sleep increases the risk of a crash 1.9 times
  • Only 4-5 hours of sleep increases the risk of a crash 4.3 times
  • Less than 4 hours of sleep increases the risk of a crash 11.5 times

Someone who had gotten just four to five hours of sleep had a crash risk that was comparable to someone with a blood alcohol level at or above .08, which is considered the legal limit in Florida. The risk for someone who gets less than four hours of sleep was determined to be equivalent to a blood alcohol level of .12 to .15.

Also Read: What are your rights if you are hit by a drunk driver?

The Hidden Danger of Sleepy Driving

The interesting thing is that while there is quite a bit of stigma associated with drunk driving, functioning with as little sleep as possible is often seen as some type of badge of honor.

There are certain groups of drivers that may be at a higher level of risk for these types of accidents. The most at-risk groups are individuals whose jobs require them to work a fractured schedule. This means they sometimes work during the day and sometimes at night.

Some of the most common people who do this include:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Police officers
  • Long-haul truckers

While most people don't believe that sleep driving is an acceptable action, many people do this on a daily basis.

If you have been injured in a Miami car accident because someone was sleepy behind the wheel and suffered an injury, contact to a Miami car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Paul K. Schrier, PLLC.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

You Pay No Fee Unless We Win

  • $3.1 million

    Recovered for a client in a Commercial Truck Collision case in Jacksonville.

  • $1.3 million

    Recovered for a client in a Personal Injury case in Fort Lauderdale.

  • $3.0 million

    Recovered for a client in a Premises Liability case in Orlando.

  • $1.5 million

    Recovered for a client in an Inadequate Security case in Miami.

Email us for response

Get A Free Case Evaluation.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Sunrise Office
1072 Sunset Strip
Sunrise, FL 33313

Phone: 954-271-1859
Fax: 800-768-9147
Map & Directions

Miami Office
11098 Biscayne Boulevard
Suite 208
Miami, FL 33161

Phone: 305-330-3833
Fax: 800-768-9147
Map & Directions

Orlando Office
618 E. South Street
Suite 500
Orlando, FL 32801

Phone: 407-434-0931
Fax: 800-768-9147
Map & Directions

Jacksonville Office
841 Prudential Drive
12th Floor, Suite 101
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Phone: 904-236-4362
Fax: 800-768-9147
Map & Directions

Tampa Office
8270 Woodland Center Blvd
Suite 301
Tampa, FL 33614

Phone: 813-337-7941
Fax: 800-768-9147
Map & Directions

Back To Top