Drowsy or Fatigued Driving Is More Common Than Most Think

Who does not have a story about a long drive home, feeling tired and almost falling asleep at the wheel? The situation is very common and happens far more often than most may think. In Pennsylvania in 2016, drowsy driving caused 2,625 car crashes and 25 of them resulted in fatalities. Falling asleep while driving is one of the main reasons for the high number of crashes in Pennsylvania every year. Often, drivers realize too late that they are too tired to be behind the wheel. Drowsy driving is a huge issue for truck drivers and long-distance truckers who routinely spend many hours driving every day. The issue of driving while fatigued is also related to distracted driving and drunk driving. In many instances, tired driving combines risks from distracted and drunk driving. Physical exhaustion can distract you from driving as well as lower your ability to assess risks or react to danger. Pennsylvania does not have a specific law that refers to fatigued driving, but it does have laws relating to reckless or careless driving. Often, these laws can be used in cases concerning driving while fatigued. For example, 75 Pa.C.S. § 3736 states that it is illegal to drive with “willful or wanton disregard for the safety” of others or their property. In many cases, reckless driving is more often used when there are other factors that made the driving even more dangerous, such as DUI, texting and driving, or speeding. Driving while fatigued is 100 percent preventable. Driving while tired is a threat to other drivers. Drowsy drivers who cause an accident, may be held accountable or liable for the accident. At MP2 Placidi & Parini, we will help you file a claim, we will answer your questions and we will be there for you along the way. We have decades of experience in dealing with car accident claims. MP2 Placidi & Parini are with you every step of the way to help you obtain compensation you deserve.