Drowsy driving is a common problem and the source of many car accidents, even if it is rarely acknowledged as a major issue. Drunk driving and distracting driving are problems that garner a lot of attention in Pennsylvania, but there are other prevalent issues that are underreported. As a result, other causes, such as drowsy driving, are infrequently considered as a possible cause of a car accident.
Drowsy driving occurs as the operator of a vehicle gets behind the wheel while tired, fatigued or having spent too many hours behind the wheel already. The driver may display some of the same behaviors as drunk drivers, which includes swerving, driving at erratic speeds and endangering the safety of others. While statistics indicate that drowsy driving plays a role in just a small percentage of fatal accidents, it is very likely that these numbers are skewed as this cause is sometimes difficult to identify and prove.
If you believe that your car accident was caused by a drowsy driver, it is important to work with an experienced lawyer who can navigate the legal process on your behalf. While sometimes challenging to establish, drowsy driving is a legitimate cause of car accidents. It is possible to validate these claims with proper documentation and evidence.
A car accident can leave an innocent victim with serious injuries or a family grieving the loss of a loved one, but the aftermath does not have to be faced alone. A case evaluation can determine what legal options are available to those who have been impacted by drowsy driving. Victims of fatigued driving have legal rights, and a Pennsylvania lawyer can help.
Source: nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov, “Drowsy Driving“, Accessed on Jan. 4, 2016