Motor vehicle accidents have a plethora of causes, such as a reckless driver making the poor decision to operate a vehicle while under the influence or failing to follow other traffic laws. In New London, Connecticut, drivers, passengers, motorcyclists and pedestrians may also be hurt or killed because of a drowsy driver. Sadly, drowsy driving is a major reason why traffic accidents happen and some people do not even realize that they are dangerously tired while behind the wheel.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates suggest that 800 people lost their lives and 44,000 were hurt due to drowsy driving over the course of 2013. However, it must be pointed out that the scope of the problem is believed to be greater than these estimates indicate. An estimated 72,000 drowsy driving crashes occurred during 2013, but the number of fatal drowsy driving accidents could be as high as 6,000 per year.
Following an accident, it may be hard for law enforcement officials and those involved to pinpoint driver fatigue as the accident cause. Although it may not be immediately obvious that a driver is dangerously tired, as opposed to a drunk driver who has alcohol on his or her breath, they can be just as dangerous. When someone operates a vehicle after working for too many hours or failing to get the amount of sleep they need, their driving may be affected in many ways. For example, they may have a slower reaction time and it could be more difficult for them to process vital information.