While the majority of people in West Virginia are likely aware of the potential consequences of driving under the influence, they may be less aware of the dangers associated with fatigued drivers. A driver who falls asleep behind the wheel can easily cause a car accident that can have serious consequences. Unfortunately, one young man was recently sent to the hospital after the driver of the car he was riding in allegedly fell asleep at wheel.
Rescuers were notified about the accident just after 3:30 a.m. one morning in mid-April. According to reports, the driver of a vehicle claimed that he fell asleep, causing him to strike a utility pole. The force of the impact caused the pole to fall over, completely blocking the road.
A passenger in the vehicle, a male in his early twenties, suffered injuries and was transported to the hospital. His current condition and extent of his injuries are unclear. One police officer who responded to the accident claims that alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the accident. The driver has not been charged.
Unfortunately, fatigued drivers are often dangerous, putting their own lives, as well as the lives of others, at risk. People in West Virginia have been seriously injured due to such drivers. These victims often have to worry about more than physical recovery, as they may be unable to work while medical bills accumulate. There are legal options for those injured by negligent drivers. A successfully presented personal injury lawsuit could result in an award of damages that could help alleviate some of the financial concerns a car accident such as this may create.
Source: morganmessenger.com, "Car crash injures one, shuts down Route 13", April 20, 2016