Two Ryan Township crashes caused by drivers asleep at the wheel
If a driver is too tired to operate a motor vehicle but does so anyway and crashes, he or she may be found liable for injuries caused by the accident.
August 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Two Ryan Township crashes caused by drivers asleep at the wheel
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Nearly everyone who has spent time behind the wheel of a motor vehicle has experienced the sensation of getting increasingly tired as the miles drag on and the scenery rolls by. Unfortunately, that sleepy feeling can lead to poor decisionmaking and slower reaction times. It can also cause a motorist to actually fall asleep while driving, which can cause accidents resulting in injuries and even death. Two drivers involved in separate incidents in Ryan Township recently avoided disaster when each nodded off at the wheel. Although a few of the vehicles involved in the two car accidents suffered damages, no one was seriously hurt in either crash.
How the accidents happened
Both of the accidents occurred in early August. The first happened at 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday, when the 27-year-old male driver of a car heading west on SR54 approached a curve in the road. The Times News reported that the driver fell asleep as he neared the curve and his car went into the eastbound lane. There it collided with another vehicle before leaving the roadway. Neither driver was injured, nor were the three passengers in the second car.
The second crash happened five days later. Shortly after midnight, a 19-year-old male driver heading north on Interstate 81 in the right hand lane ran his car into the back of a tractor-trailerafter the driver fell asleep. The front of the car sustained heavy damages and the back end of tractor-trailer received minor damages. Again, no one was injured in the accident.
Driving while tired
These accidents are just two out of thousands of crashes that take place every year due to a tired driver drifting off into sleep while operating a vehicle. Interestingly, the circumstances of both accidents involve some of the factors mentioned on DrowsyDriving.org, the website of the National Sleep Foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the problems of driving while tired.
Both accidents involved young men, one of whom was 19 and one aged 27. Research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Expert Panel on Driver Fatigue and Sleepiness shows that the population group most likely to be involved in drowsy driving accidents is young men between the ages of 16 and 29.
Both accidents occurred during times in which drowsy driving crashes frequently occur. Driving through the night or when one would normally be asleep increases a driver's risk of falling asleep behind the wheel.
If a driver is too tired to operate a motor vehicle but does so anyway and crashes, he or she may be found liable for injuries caused by the accident. A motorist has the duty to use reasonable care while driving, which includes staying alert and paying attention to the road and surrounding traffic conditions. If an individual breaches this duty by driving tired and is involved in a crash that results in injury to others, the driver's negligence can entitle the injured parties to recover for damages.
If you have been in an accident
Being involved in a crash is a frightening experience. Afterwards, an accident victim may have questions about how to afford medical bills or vehicle repair bills. If you have been in a crash and need answers to these and other questions, contacting a Coal Region attorney. An experienced lawyer can inform you about your rights under the law.
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