The Washington State Patrol said Wednesday that a 91-year-old woman died from injuries she sustained in an April 21 wreck, according to the Herald.
Police say the woman was driving on Highway 532 near Heichel Road on Camano Island and may have fallen asleep at the wheel. Her vehicle crossed the center lane, and she collided with a sport utility vehicle driven by a 49-year-old man from Georgia.
As an Everett personal injury lawyer with more than 30 years experience, my thoughts are with the victim’s family during this difficult time.
I hope drivers consider the dangers of fatigued driving. According to a National Sleep Foundation poll in 2005, 60 percent of adult drivers had driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the last year. More than a third of drivers admitted falling asleep behind the wheel in the last year, and of those people, 13 percent said they fall asleep at least once a month. Four percent of drivers said they had an accident or near accident because of tiredness.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 100,000 wrecks a year are caused by driver fatigue. One study showed that being awake for 24 hours caused the same level of driving impairment as being legally drunk.
Anyone who has been injured in an accident should contact an Everett car accident lawyer for a free consultation.