Although summer is coming to a close, residents in New York and elsewhere are prepared for Labor Day and the other holidays that occur in the fall and winter months. Summer vacation and holidays often mean traveling to spend time with friends and family in order to celebrate these events. While this is common, it is also something that increases the risks on the roadways. In fact, there are concerns that go beyond the typical high rate of intoxicated drivers on the roads.

Although drunk driving remains a concern and it is highly dangerous, there is also a concern of a high rate of motorists that do not get enough sleep getting behind the wheel. Fatigued or drowsy driving is considered to be just as dangerous as intoxicated driving, and sleepy drivers can be the cause of serious and even fatal accidents.

Authorities note that fatigued driving is very common during the holidays. And because of all the hustle and bustle of shopping and visiting with family, they do not focus on getting enough sleep. Law enforcement note that often times drowsy drivers will swerve and weave back and forth; however, no one wants to admit that they were falling asleep. This can make it difficult to determine when exactly the primary cause of an accident is fatigue.

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 55,000 accidents occur each year because of fatigued driving. They further contend that many of these accidents could have been avoided if the driver had gotten a good night’s sleep.

No one expects to be involved in a car accident, especially one caused by a drowsy driver. Therefore, it’s important that accident victims explore their rights and options, such as filing a personal injury actin to recover compensation for losses and damages suffered at the hand of a negligent driver.