In 2014, Tracy Morgan was involved in a car accident that left him seriously injured. Driver fatigue was cited as a factor in that accident, and it is believed that drowsy driving may be just as unsafe as drunk driving. Drivers who sleep less than six hours per night or who snore may be at a higher risk of falling asleep behind the wheel.
However, all drivers can be prone to falling asleep while driving regardless of who they are and what type of vehicle that they drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2.5 percent of fatal accidents are due to drowsy drivers, but that number could be much higher. Therefore, those who are familiar with the issue hope that new technology can cut down on the number of accidents and deaths related to drowsy driving.
Newer cars and trucks were built with forward collision systems, which alert the driver when they get too close to an object in front of them. In some cases, the vehicle can brake on its own to avoid a crash. Research indicated that this technology can reduce rear-end accidents by up to 10 percent. Lane departure technology may reduce the number of cars that go off the road by 40 percent.
Those who have been hurt in car accidents may wish to talk to a personal injury lawyer. A lawyer can often help injured victims obtain the compensation that they deserve for recovery from injuries or to make up for lost wages or future earnings. An award may be determined by a jury after a formal trial or determined through informal settlement talks. Lawyers might be able to assist either in court or out of court as necessary.