July 18, 2024

Some people get behind the wheel even if they are feeling fatigued without realizing the risks. However, drowsy driving can lead to serious accidents. A driver who operates a car while very drowsy may fall asleep while driving, resulting in crashes and catastrophic injuries. If you have suffered injuries because of a drowsy driver, contact a Stockton car accident attorney who can review your situation and explain your legal options. 

Drowsiness and Driving

Drowsiness can significantly affect the attention, decision-making, judgment, coordination, vigilance, and reaction time of a driver. Drivers who get behind the wheel while drowsy may drift back and forth on the road, fail to maintain the set speed limit, not maintain a safe distance from other cars, cannot respond quickly to road obstacles, and veer off the road. 

A driver who is drowsy can cause severe harm to themselves, somebody else’s property, and other motorists if they fall asleep. Also, they can cause an accident that involves several vehicles when they crash into another car at full speed. 

Establishing Liability in a Car Accident that Involves a Drowsy Driver

Every driver should maintain control of the car they are driving by being alert, being able to respond quickly, and paying attention to the road. If they fall asleep while driving and cause harm to others, their victims can take legal action against the driver to recover damages. 

In general, liability is established by proving the negligence of the drowsy driver. This requires a skilled attorney to handle your case. Your lawyer can establish the responsibility of the driver and your right to monetary compensation. They know how to prove negligence in your case. They will collect supportive evidence to strengthen your case including medical records, witnesses, physical evidence, and video footage from nearby traffic cameras. 

Who May Fall Asleep While Driving?

Any driver who is tired, exhausted, or overworked can get behind the wheel while drowsy. But individuals such as shift workers, commercial drivers who drive vehicles for hours on the road, those with poor sleeping habits, people with sleep disorders, and those on medications for anxiety, pain, or insomnia are at a high risk of falling asleep while driving. 

While drowsy driving is dangerous, it can be prevented. Drivers should only drive their vehicles when they feel well-rested. By planning ahead, they can handle fatigue and avoid accidents. This can be done by allowing somebody else to drive their cars, not taking medications that can make them feel drowsy, and planning several tops on long trips.