A 70 year-old woman and her husband suffered injuries after colliding with a Hampton Roads Transit bus and two other vehicles on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News. The crash was caused by a 20 year-old woman who fell asleep while driving behind the couple and crashed into the rear of their vehicle, according to the Virginian-Pilot. Several of the passengers on the bus also sustained injuries due to the impact from the force of the collision.
We hope all of the injured parties make a speedy recovery. Unfortunately, drowsy driving injures thousands of Americans each year. Sleep-related crashes are most common in young people, who generally stay up late, sleep too little, and drive at night.
The National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America poll reports that 60% of Americans have driven while feeling sleepy and 37% admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel in the past year.
These statistics are extremely troubling as sleep loss or fatigue impairs driving skills such as hand-eye coordination, reaction time, vision, awareness of surroundings, decision-making, judgment, and inhibition. Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle when these skills are impaired isn’t just scary for the driver, but dangerous for everyone else on the road.
If you or a loved one were the victim of someone else's drowsy driving, contact us today for a free, no hassle consultation.