Accidents from Driving Drowsy

Drowsy driving is fatigued driving, and it reaches every corner of California, Its consequences are frightening. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowsy driving is the simple combination of driving and being tired. The most common reasons for drowsy driving involve:
  • Lack of sleep
  • Sleep disorders
  • Medications, both over-the-counter and prescription
  • Alcohol and illegal drugs
  • Shift work

Los Angeles Car Accident AttorneyWhen an accident attributable to drowsy driving occurs, the actual cause of it might be impossible to detect. There aren’t any reliable roadside field tests to determine whether a driver has had enough rest, and breath, blood or urine testing won’t work either. The only apparent evidence of drowsy driving might be of a driver drifting off the road and rolling over or colliding with another vehicle or a fixed object with no skid or gouge marks. In other cases, especially with large trucks that are more than 60 feet long and weigh up to 80,000 pounds, the results can be utterly catastrophic. Drowsy driving injuries and fatalities appear to be largely underestimated. There could be more than 5,000 fatalities a year from drowsy driving that fall through the statistical cracks. A wrongful death attorney from the Pacific Attorney Group could be invaluable if you believe that a member of your family perished from the negligence of a drowsy driver.

Even just being tired from a long day at work can be dangerous when you’re behind the wheel. According to a car accident attorney from our law firm, any number of things can happen when you’re tired like:

  • Your attention level decreases
  • Your reaction time is slower
  • Your ability to make sound decisions is affected
Anybody who is sharing the road with you has a legal duty to use due care and caution for the safety of you and anybody else in your vehicle. Maybe you were injured in an accident with a drowsy driver. Although drowsy driving can sometimes be difficult to prove, a personal injury attorney might be able to prove that the driver who caused your injuries was careless and negligent in a number of other ways.