A rollover accident occurred on I-15 by Beaver Dam in Arizona after a man driving the truck fell asleep Wednesday night. A little before 1:30 a.m., police officials responded to a 2002 Ford F-150 that had been overturned. The truck was blocking one of the northbound lanes. When the police arrived on the scene, the 21-year-old driver was found outside the truck with multiple injuries. The Mercy Air helicopter was dispatched, and the man was taken to the Dixie Regional Medical Center. According to St.Georgeutah.com, he was treated for multiple fractures, including his right arm, thumb, finger, and collarbone.
The driver, from Bakersfield, California, informed officials that he was heading north when he fell asleep at the wheel. He was woken up when the truck hit a rumble strip. The sound panicked him as he woke up causing him to overcorrect the steering wheel. This action made him lose control of the truck. He then steered toward the right shoulder causing it to land upside down near the shoulder. Despite the injuries sustained in the accident, the driver was able to pull himself out of the truck and call for help.
We are glad to hear that the driver is okay in this situation. It indeed could have ended with a worse result. Drowsy driving is a significant problem across the United States. The consequences are often tragic. Being drowsy and driving can be a deadly combination. Drowsy driving typically results from not receiving sufficient amounts of sleep before driving. However, it can also occur when the driver has a medical condition or takes some medication that can alter their ability to drive.
Even if the driver does not fall asleep, driving while tired can make the driver less able to pay attention to the road, slow in his/her reaction time, and affect the driver’s ability to make good decisions. Each of these is crucial for safe driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 1 in 25 adults have fallen asleep while driving in the last 30 days. This sleepiness at the wheel amounts to 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths per year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration admits that these numbers are likely underestimated, and as many as 6,000 fatal crashes result from drowsy drivers.
It is crucial that you learn to recognize the signs of drowsy driving. For example, you should not drive if you exhibit the following symptoms concurrently and acknowledge that you are tired:
- Frequent yawning and blinking
- Difficulty recalling the past few miles
- Missing an exit
- Unintentionally veering into another lane
- Hitting the rumble strip
Drowsy driving is a severe problem and should be avoided. You can also prevent drowsy driving in the first place by ensuring that you are getting enough sleep (7-8 hours for adults), sticking to a regular sleep schedule, speaking with your physician about medications that make you feel tired, avoid taking these medications before driving.
Here at The Advocates Law Firm, we are committed to safety. We want to help you avoid a possibly catastrophic situation. A major car accident can wreck people’s lives. It can be devastating for all those involved. Falling asleep at the wheel can be a form of recklessness. If you have any questions regarding drowsy driving, contact The Advocates Law Firm.