A driver fell asleep behind the wheel, causing an accident. According to local authorities, the crash sent the passenger to the hospital.
Washington State Patrol officials say that the 62-year-old man from Vancouver was behind the wheel of a 2009 Dodge Ram on State Route 6 at about 5:30 p.m. when he fell asleep. Because he was drowsy, the car veered into a ditch.
After the crash officials responded to the scene, they found the vehicle had sustained considerable damage. The 60-year-old passenger was a woman from Vancouver. The driver didn’t sustain any injuries, but authorities charged him with Negligent Driving 2nd Degree.
Drowsy driving is a serious problem for drivers everywhere. Unfortunately, many motorists will ignore the risks and will push their luck, driving even if they are tired. This will undoubtedly lead to a crash.
If you drive regularly and you find yourself tired while behind the wheel, you must rethink your schedule and habits to avoid potential accidents.
Depending on how far and often you must drive, remember to add stops to your commute if needed. And, if possible, have a second driver ride with you if you’re traveling great lengths. Making sure there are two drivers will help to prevent drowsy driving as one driver can sleep while the other one takes over.
Prevent Crashes: Say No To Drowsy Driving
Much like distracted driving, drowsy driving can lead to serious consequences. Being a conscious and responsible driver means that you’re always doing all you can to be safe.
Drowsy driving is dangerous because it prevents the driver from reacting in case of an emergency. This will make accidents more likely as the driver loses control over the vehicle.
In the case involving the passenger from Vancouver, we saw that the driver’s drowsy driving didn’t hurt him, but it did hurt his passenger.
Being a responsible driver means never driving while drowsy.
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