In today’s world there are many hazards while driving; from texting while driving, to drinking and driving, to being distracted by passengers or children, and even driving while drowsy. Most people have a lot to do every day, and not enough time to get it all done. This can lead to driving too fast, multi-tasking while behind the wheel, or even driving with too little sleep. The effect of driving while sleepy is similar to that of driving after having drinks. Response times are slowed, and the ability to recognize potential dangers is also reduced.
An organization dedicated to bringing awareness to the dangers of drowsy driving has this to say about how your driving is impacted when you are too tired to safely operate a vehicle:
- You can become aggressive more easily, and engage in road rage type driving patterns. This can lead to accidents and injuries.
- Your vision is less reliable when you are sleepy, which can cause you to follow to closely, disregard traffic signals, or respond to a situation too late.
- Your memory is not as sharp when you are tired, which could cause problems with driving directions and lead to erratic driving habits.
If you have been in an accident and suspect the other driver was drowsy, you can and should bring a case against them for your damages. Drowsy driving is negligent behavior, and it is important to seek compensation for your injuries when they are the result of another’s negligence. Drowsy driving can be hard to prove though, so a thorough investigation is required. Some common indicators that a driver was sleepy while driving are the time of the accident, the fact that there are no passengers in the car with the other driver, and a lack of skid marks or other evidence that the driver tried to avoid the accident. You may need to obtain certain records to show the other driver was sleep deprived, such as a work schedule and confirmation they worked the shifts as scheduled. For help developing a strategy in a personal injury case where drowsy driving is suspected, call our office.
If you have been in an accident and suspect the other driver was drowsy, call our office to learn your options. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.