Drowsy Driving Accident Closes Interstate
A car was overturned after hitting a stopped vehicle in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 late last year. On Friday, December 5, at around 3:15 a.m. near the Harding Place exit on Interstate 24, police reported that a white Camaro had been seen driving recklessly on the road. Soon afterwards, multiple calls to 911 were receiving reporting that the same car was completely stopped in a lane of traffic on the interstate.
Before officers could respond to the stopped Camaro, a second driver came over the hill on the road and slammed into the back of the vehicle, flipping onto its roof. The driver of the Camaro, a college student at Tennessee State University, stated that he may have fallen asleep at the wheel due to fatigue from studying for final exams.
Thankfully no one was seriously injured in the accident, but three lanes of traffic were closed on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 temporarily for a few hours. So far, no charges have been filed against the student for falling asleep behind the wheel and causing the accident.
Driver Fatigue and Drowsy Driving
According to researchers, teen drivers who sleep for less than eight hours each night are one-third more likely to get involved in a traffic accident than those who sleep for eight hours or more. A lack of sleep reduces a person’s ability to process information, sustain attention, have accurate motor control, and react normally – all crucial driving skills. The majority of all fatigue-related accidents across the country and in the state of Tennessee are caused by drivers under the age of 25.
Being awake for eighteen hours causes the same issues as having a 0.08% blood alcohol concentration, which is considered legally drunk. At least five percent of adults ages eighteen to 44 admit to falling asleep behind the wheel. In 2009, an estimated 730 fatal accidents occurred across the country because of driver fatigue and drowsy driving out of a total of 30,000 crashes from the same cause.
Car Accident Compensation
If you or someone that you know has been injured because the other vehicle was driving drowsy or asleep behind the wheel you may have a claim for compensation. Damages for injuries sustained in this type of car accident include:
- Present and future medical expenses;
- Lost wages;
- Impaired earning ability;
- Scarring and disfigurement;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
- Wrongful death;
- Funeral expenses;
…and other costs that are reasonably related to the fatigued driving accident.
Call a Car Accident Attorney Now
Fatigued driving or falling asleep behind the wheel is dangerous for the driver and everyone else on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident in the Nashville area, let the personal injury attorneys at Calhoun Law, PLC help. Call or contact the office today for a free and confidential consultation of your case.