Much like drinking and driving, operating a vehicle while overly tired or sleep deprived is dangerous for both drivers and everyone else on the road. Driving when tired does not allow a driver to devote his/her fullest attention to the road and as a result, drivers are not employing the cautious and safe driving practices they are legally required to when they behind the wheel of a car. Under the law, drivers have a legal duty to use caution on the roads to maintain a safe driving environment and keep others from harm and injury. When a driver fails to do so, they have breached this duty of care to others and can be held liable under the law for negligence.
According to an article by 12 KFVS, an accident occurred on I-57 on post 68 that may have been caused by a distracted driver, who was too tired to drive. Police relayed that the driver stated that she fell asleep at the wheel of her car before she rear-ended the truck in front of her. She then went off the side of the road and hit a tree. The individual in the truck was not injured.
According to the National Sleep Foundation at drowsydriving.org, driving poses great dangers to people travelling on American roads. The National Sleep Foundation completed a study in 2005 in which 60% of adult drivers (168 million people) reported that they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy within the past year. What is even more startling is that 37% of these drivers (103 million people) have actually fallen asleep at the wheel of a car. 13% of these people report having done so at least once a month. These facts indicate that sleep-deprivation increases the risk of a crash, and that the less people sleep, the greater the risk of a car crash.
Every day, millions of people use their cars throughout Illinois to get from Point A to Point B. Since this many people are using cars for their transportation, it is important that drivers use the necessary caution they are legally required to do by getting enough sleep and not driving when they are too tired to focus or stay awake behind the wheel. Driving when tired is negligent because drivers cannot focus and have the attention they need to be a safe and caution driver. When a car accident is caused by negligence, victims and families may be able to take legal action against for injuries, lost wages, medical bills, and suffering. If you or a loved one has been injured due to another driver’s negligence, you may be able to hold that driver accountable for your injuries and losses and obtain compensation through a lawsuit. Call our firm today for a free consultation, and we can help you determine the best course of action.