Georgia Woman Killed in Michigan Accident – Was Drowsy Driving to Blame?
Today's society does not sleep as much as past generations for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to, employment schedules and obligations, family obligations, school assignments, and general lifestyle choices. Whatever the reason may be, a lack of sleep has the potential to negatively affect a person's ability to drive. When a driver operates any vehicle while fatigued, this driver puts his or her own life at risk, as well as the lives of others on the roadway. Falling asleep at the wheel is certainly a problem that plagues not only truck drivers, but everyday drivers as well.
A recent Michigan single-car accident resulted in the untimely death of a young Georgia woman who did not deserve to suffer this fate. as the woman was driving on a Michigan highway, she lost control of her car and was ultimately ejected car as it rolled over multiple times, according to an online news report. Investigators believe she may have fallen asleep at the wheel before losing control of her car. Regardless of whether or not this young woman fell asleep at the wheel, the fact remains that sleep-deprivation and drowsy driving are real problems that have cost our country too many lives as a result of automobile accidents.
Sleep-Deprivation is Not the Only Cause of Drowsy Driving
While sleep-deprivation is a common reason why people are drowsy when driving, there are other causes of drowsy driving that everyone should be aware of. Such causes include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Driving for a long period of time;
• The use of medications that have drowsiness as a side effect (and drivers may not be aware of the effects);
• Sleep disorders such as narcolepsy and sleep apnea; and
• Of course the use of alcohol or illicit drugs.
Many people have learned to function and operate while drowsy, and have done so successfully. However, it is always unpredictable as to whether or not a drowsy driver will fall asleep at the wheel. As such, automobile accidents can occur at any given time, day or night. The consequences of an accident caused by drowsy driving can be devastating, leaving some injured victims scarred for life (including the driver), just like any other automobile accident. Given that the result of a drowsy driving accident can be life-altering, anyone injured, or loved ones of a deceased victim may wish to pursue legal options to recover for their suffering if another person is at fault for causing the accident.
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