Studies are confirming that operators of Fort Lauderdale car, truck or motorcycles are greatly at risk due to the increasing number of vehicle operators who are driving on Fort Lauderdale roadways who are so fatigued that their ability to react to emergent situations is greatly impaired. NBC’s Today Show is broadcasting a four part series focusing on this ever increasing problem on our roadways and frankly for our commercial and private airlines as well. Studies by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have concluded that hundreds are dying in accidents because their recommendation are ignored or abandoned. They also report that a fatigued operator is as equally as dangerous behind the wheel of a vehicle, or operating an airplane – as a drunk driver. The report indicates that the National Transportation Safety Board has issued 138 fatigue related safety recommendations with only 68 implemented.
Studies have also shown that an individual going more than 24 hours without sleep performs at the same level as someone who has a 0.10% blood alcohol content. In Florida 0.08 blood alcohol content is enough to qualify as a drunk driver.
Studies have also shown that tired drivers and pilots take longer to react and suffer from attention lapses, lose the ability to multi-task and lose the ability to assess risk and danger as if they weren’t fatigued. Frankly, fatigue can make a person stupid and much more at risk for causing serious bodily injuries on Fort Lauderdale roadways. Tired individuals also seem to take many more risks. They also suffer from a narrow field of focus which could impair their ability to not only monitor all of the functions inside of a vehicle, but also assess all of the different potentially dangerous variables that are evolving around the fatigued driver’s vehicles.
If you are a victim of an accident caused by someone who you believe was negligently impaired you may wish to consult with the Fort Lauderdale injury lawyers to assist you in the recovery process.