But that's exactly what happened on June 21, 2011, at 3:30 a.m. when a man from Capron and his passenger suffered non-life threatening injuries after he fell asleep in Newport News, VA and the pickup flipped, Tidewaternews.com reported.
State police said the 2001 Ford was on the I-664 near the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel in Newport News when the driver fell asleep and drifted off the highway and then overcorrected, causing his pickup to flip a number times.
The driver and the passenger were taken in an ambulance to Norfolk's Sentara Hospital.
The driver was later charged with reckless driving. State police said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
As Newport News, VA accident injury attorneys, we see numerous accidents caused by drowsiness. In 2009, I reported on how a young man was facing a reckless driving charge after falling asleep behind the wheel of his car and causing a massive accident on U.S. 29 in Culpepper, Virginia (VA).
Approximately 1,500 fatalities and 71,000 injuries each year are caused by these type of accidents with an annual price tag of $12.5 billion.
A reckless driving charge isn't the only problem this drowsy driver could face. In cases where a passenger is hurt by a driver's actions or inactions the passenger could launch a lawsuit.