Drowsy driving can lead to serious car accidents in Virginia
Carter Craig, Attorneys at Law

There are many reasons why a driver may be on the roads late at night, but no matter what time of the day it is, drivers have a duty not to drive while drowsy. Unfortunately, some drivers neglect that duty, potentially causing serious accidents. In fact, according to one survey, approximately 25 percent of respondents age 18 and up admit to falling asleep while behind the wheel. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013 drowsy driving accidents caused 800 fatalities and 44,000 injuries.

As this shows, drowsy driving is a serious issue in Virginia and across the United States. While semi-truck drivers putting long hours in on the road may first come to mind when one thinks of drowsy driving, in fact, everyday activities, such as working third shift, consuming certain medications or alcohol or simply staying out too late can all cause drowsy driving.

Drowsiness can seriously impair a driver's abilities. Drivers who are sleepy are unable to fully focus on the task of driving and may be unable to pay attention to the road. Sleepiness can also slow down a driver's reaction time. Finally, sleepiness can impair a driver's mental ability to make sound choices while driving. What this comes down to is that drowsy driving prevents a driver from operating their vehicle with due care.

Unfortunately, drowsy driving accidents will happen, but they can be avoided. First, it is important for drivers to get an adequate amount of sleep, and that they have good sleep habits. Drivers with sleep disorders or who suspect, due to snoring or feeling tired all day, that they might have a sleep disorder should seek medical help. In addition, if you take a medication that causes drowsiness or if you consume alcohol, you should not get behind the wheel of a car.

Despite these measures, drowsy drivers will cause accidents that unfortunately could lead to innocent people being injured or killed. Those victims, and their families, must do what they can to recover from the incident, including seeking a personal injury lawsuit against the drowsy driver if necessary.

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