It’s in the news all too often and needs to come to an end. Drivers are often getting behind the wheel with too little sleep or staying behind the wheel for too many hours straight. This is dangerous because it leads drivers to lose focus from the road and even fall asleep behind the wheel. These actions can lead to serious motor vehicle accidents resulting in injuries or even fatalities.
These accidents are preventable too. A driver should never get behind the wheel when they are too tired to drive. It is too often that commercial drivers face pressure from their employers to drive too many hours in a row to complete a job, which leads them to driving while too tired and even falling asleep. It is also too common that non-commercial drivers act negligently and choose to drive when they are too tired too. When an accident occurs because of their fatigue, they have breached their legal duty. All driver have a legal duty to drive safely and not be the cause of an accident or injuries to others when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Despite widespread efforts to educate the public on the dangers, another report of an Illinois accident caused by drowsy driving was once again in the news. According to an article by The Southern, drowsy driving was the cause of a recent Illinois truck accident. A man from Pickneyville was injured in a one-vehicle accident. He was driving his pickup truck in the early evening on Illinois 142 when he fell asleep behind the wheel and crossed over the center line. His truck then left the roadway and struck an embankment. Police cited him for improper lane usage and failure to wear a seat belt.
We should all care about distracted driving because not only does it put others in danger, but it endangers ourselves as drivers when we do not devote our full attention to the road when we are behind the wheel. As you can see from this news article example, this truck driver not only put others in danger when crossing over the center line when falling asleep, but was a danger to himself. He sustained injuries from the accident and had to be sent to the local hospital for treatment.
Our lawyers urge everyone to be safe and vigilant when behind the wheel and to drive while fully-rested and without distractions, for both the safety of others and the safety of themselves. However, if you or someone you love has suffered injury due to another driver’s negligence, you can hold that individual accountable. When a driver’s negligent behavior causes injury or death to another person, a lawsuit is often the right option so that victims can obtain the justice and compensation they deserve. Our attorneys understand that innocent people shouldn’t have to suffer injury and lost wages, and the resulting financial detriment, due to another driver’s mistakes. We offer free consultations in which we can sit down and talk with you about your situation and your goals of how to handle it. Call us today, and we would be happy to talk to you and may be able to help you with your potential case.