There are many things that can impact a Virginia driver's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. This can include drugs, alcohol and distraction, yet many people overlook the significance and risk of driving while drowsy. Drowsy driving is dangerous, and it places both the driver and everyone else on the road at a higher risk for involvement in an accident.
Drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents, and it is possible that this type of dangerous behavior played a role in the accident that left you injured. Like drunk drivers or distracted drivers, it is possible to hold drowsy drivers accountable for their actions behind the wheel. Driving while too tired to safely operate a vehicle is a type of negligent and reckless behavior.
The dangers of exhaustion behind the wheel
Drowsy driving is a significant problem. Many people overlook the danger of getting behind the wheel while exhausted, but it can impact a driver in the following ways:
- Exhaustion can make it difficult for a driver to process potential risks on the road.
- Tired drivers are less able to concentrate on safe driving.
- Drowsiness can slow a driver's reaction times, as well as make it difficult for a driver to make good, safe decisions behind the wheel.
You may know that most people drive while too tired at some point in their lives. However, there is a difference between driving while a little sleepy and driving while dangerously exhausted. Drowsiness can be dangerous, even if the person behind the wheel does not actually fall asleep.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowsy driving may be a bigger problem than many people realize. In a 30-day period, as many as one in 25 drivers have fallen asleep behind the wheel. People who work night shifts, take certain medications, have certain medical conditions or don't get enough sleep for whatever reason are more likely to cause accidents due to drowsiness.
What can you do as a victim?
As a victim of a drowsiness-related accident, you may be unsure of your rights or your options. It can be beneficial to start with an evaluation of your case, seeking an understanding of the legal options available to you. You may have grounds to move forward with a civil claim, which can allow you to recover your losses associated with medical bills, property damage and continued post-accident medical needs.