Few realize that driving while sleep-deprived can be just as hazardous as driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. The Spokesman-Review reports a recent study completed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows the crash risk associated with having four hours of sleep or less is comparable to a driver with a blood alcohol level of 0.12-0.15. The legal limit for Washington State is 0.08.
Drivers who operate with little to no sleep may be at risk for charges of reckless driving, negligent driving, vehicular assault or even vehicular homicide depending on the circumstances. On a similar note, operating a vehicle while under the influence of a drug designed to be a sleep aid such as Lunesta or Ambien can also result in a DUI charge.
If you or a loved one has encountered any of these charges as a result of a crash or accident, contact us to discuss your options.