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Driver and Passenger Injured after Driver Falls Asleep in Newport News, VA

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There can be few more frightening experiences than being a passenger in pickup truck that's traveling along the Interstate when you see the driver falling asleep and feel the vehicle veer off the road.

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.

In 2010 we reported on how drowsy driving claimed the life of a Temple University student in Virginia (VA) when the driver of a van she was traveling in fell asleep and hit a guard rail.

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.

Our firm has represented many passengers and recently secured a settlement for $110,000 for four passengers who were rear-ended by a drunk driver.

DM

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