Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Sleeping and driving are a deadly combination in many cases. A sleepy driver is unable to give proper attention to the important task of operating a car, truck or other vehicle. Too many drivers delude themselves into thinking they “have to drive” somewhere despite having had inadequate amounts of sleep.
Some drivers, when sleepy, attempt to solve the problem by consuming coffee or over-the-counter alertness aids. Others are less alert than usual because they have consumed antihistamines during allergy season or some other drug. To determine whether a driver was impaired by the dangers of sleepiness, fatigue or drowsiness, an investigation may review:
- What the driver’s activities were in the previous 48 hours.
- What his or her medical history has to tell.
- What, if any, medications he or she was taking.
- Previous accidents and their determined causes.
Driving while drowsy represents a serious risk to others. If a drowsy, impaired driver caused a car crash that injured you, we urge you to consult with an attorney. Our Morristown personal injury law firm has often uncovered evidence that drowsy driving caused accidents. This information has helped build strong injury claims and wrongful death claims on behalf of our injured clients.