Although drunk driving and texting and driving are behaviors that are often viewed with scorn, many people do not view drowsy driving the same way. However, drowsy drivers are also extremely dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that tired drivers account for over 100,000 accidents a year, which kill over 1,500 people and injure over 70,000 people.
Evidence shows that the impairment of someone who is driving while drowsy is equivalent to a drunk driver. One study found that both drowsy drivers as well as drunk drivers presented double the risk of causing an automobile accident when compared with sober drivers.
Drowsy drivers can be held legally responsible for damages if their actions cause a collision. However, the challenge for the other individuals involved in the accident is proving the driver was driving while drowsy. It’s fairly easy to show a person was drunk at the time of the accident, but normally it is impossible to show someone did not get enough sleep before the accident, unless he or she admits to driving while drowsy. You may, however, be able to use the driver’s work records to show he or she was working late or records of prescription medications that cause drowsiness that the driver was taking in order to prove the driver was driving while sleepy.
If you have been injured in an accident with a driver that you suspect was falling asleep at the time of the accident, call the Houston automobile accident attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or visit us on Facebook to learn more.