The Andres Lopez Law Firm

Drowsy driving and car crashes

We rely on vehicles to get around. This means that motorists in Florida and elsewhere may drive even when they shouldn't, such as when they are stressed, intoxicated or even tired. Drowsy driving may not seem as problematic as drunk driving; however, it is considered to be just as dangerous. Thus, when an overworked individual or a person who is sleep deprived gets behind the wheel, he or she could create a dangerous situation for others, even being the cause of a crash.

When a driver is tired, they can never be too sure when sleep will come over their body. While being fatigued can impact the ability to concentrate, being drowsy could also result in a motorist falling asleep at the wheel. Falling asleep while driver could cause a driver to cross the center line, drift off the road or go through a traffic light.

A drowsy driver is impacted in three different ways. First, they are less likely to be able to pay attention to the road. This could cause them to miss a vehicle turning in front of them, a motorist traveling beside them or a stop sign up ahead. Fatigue also impacts reaction time. This can be very dangerous when one has to bake or steer suddenly. Finally, fatigue impacts a diver's ability to make good decisions. This could cause one to speed, fail to signal a turn or disobey traffic signs.

While one may not think they are sharing the road with a drowsy driver, the reality is that a fatigued driver could be on the roadways at any time of the day. Thus, when a crash occurs, and a drowsy driver is to blame, victims could hold the negligent driver accountable through a personal injury action. Legal recourses may be available, and the victim could seek compensation to address the losses caused by the crash.

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