Let’s face it. Life can get busy, chaotic and exhausting. We all find ourselves tired during the daytime hours. Whether it is because we had to stay up late, get up early or had a rough night’s sleep, residents in California and elsewhere are likely to experience drowsiness or fatigue during their waking hours.
Drowsy driving is a growing concern, as many would deem it as dangerous as drunk driving or distracted driving. While falling asleep at the wheel is clearly a dangerous situation, driving while tired also creates many risks.
Drowsiness can make it difficult for drivers to pay attention to the road. It can also cause slow reaction time in situations where a driver may have to brake or steer suddenly. Furthermore, it can impact a driver’s ability to make good decisions while driving.
According to current statistics, it is estimated that 1 in 25 adults age 18 and older have reported that they have fallen asleep while driving in the past 30 days. With regard to the impact drowsy driving has on society, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that drowsy driving was the cause of around 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths in 2013.
Those harmed in car accidents should understand that they may have legal options. Understanding the cause of the crash could help a victim or their loved ones in their personal injury claim. These civil actions could help hold a negligent driver accountable and assist with the recovery of compensation for the damages suffered.