Drowsy driving contributes to thousands of accidents on U.S. interstates and local roads every year. One of the latest wrecks attributed to a driver falling asleep behind the wheel occurred on I-81 in Berkeley County, West Virginia (WV).
According to television station WHAG, the driver of a Toyota RAV-4 ran into the back of a Jeep Cherokee on the highway between Hagerstown, Maryland (MD), and Berkeley Springs. The force of the collision caused the Jeep to rollover, and its occupant sustained serious injuries when he got ejected from the vehicle and landed on the pavement. The at-fault driver of the RAV-4 admitted to state police that he had nodded off just before the crash occurred.
Drivers too fatigued to stay awake and keep their vehicles under control represent deadly and disabling risks. It was a dangerously tired interstate truck driver who caused the crash that left Tracy Morgan with permanent brain damage and one of Morgan's fellow comics dead. Fatigued driving was also found to have been the primary cause of a fatal charter bus rollover north of Richmond, Virginia (VA), in 2011.
Whether a person has just been driving for too many hours or is suffering from an illness that leaves him or her drowsy, anyone who finds their eyelids drooping, their head slumping forward, and their focus zoning out, owes it to everyone else on the road to pull over. Drowsy driving is dangerous driving.