When people consistently do not get proper sleep, their physical and cognitive performances slip. This is especially apparent behind the wheel of a vehicle as sleepiness slows reaction times. Although it is difficult to count precisely the number of car accidents in Massachusetts caused by drowsy drivers because it cannot be tested for like alcohol or drug use, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSB) attributes thousands of crashes a year to it.
These types of crashes tend to be very serious because the driver was unable to respond, unlike other situations in which conscious drivers attempt to avoid collisions. Also, accidents on high-speed roads, such as highways like Route 128, 93 or 90, where people often travel long distances have a likelihood of resulting in a drowsy driver.
When a person is injured in a car accident, he or she could miss work, incur high medical bills and, in the worst situations, suffer permanent disability. If the negligence of another driver caused the accident, then the injured person might be able to win compensation with a personal injury lawsuit. Speaking with David M. Gabriel & Associates could help a person learn about the damages he or she might be able to recover. Attorney Gabriel might also be able to identify evidence of negligence in an accident investigation that would support a lawsuit.