“Sleepless in America” is a two-hour documentary that was first broadcast in November on the National Geographic channel. Created by the National Institutes of Health and The Public Good Projects, the show could be mistaken for a horror film if you didn’t know it’s a documentary. “Sleepless in America” shows how almost all of us in the U.S. are suffering from fatigue. As a nation, we simply don’t get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation not only harms your health; fatigue is also a primary cause of traffic collisions and the severe injuries that are the result of those collisions. In southern California, if you’re injured in a traffic accident with a fatigued or distracted driver, now or in the future, contact an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney about receiving reimbursement for your medical care and other injury-related expenses.
A solid eight hours of sleep every night is the unanimous recommendation of the experts interviewed for “Sleepless in America.” By that standard, 40 percent of adults in the U.S. are substantially fatigued, and 7 out of 10 teenagers are also sleep-deprived. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that driver fatigue is responsible for approximately 100,000 accidents annually, resulting in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in losses.
Since it’s difficult to precisely identify fatigue as a cause in many crashes, the figures cited here and in “Sleepless in America” are undoubtedly substantial underestimates. If you are injured in the Pasadena or Los Angeles area in any accident with a sleeping, fatigued, or distracted driver, protect your rights, your health, and your future. Put your case immediately in the hands of an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney who can investigate your accident, examine the evidence and witnesses, and fight diligently on your behalf for the compensation you need and the justice you deserve.