If you were injured in a car accident this time of year, there is a chance that the other driver caused the crash as a result of being tired. Why? Studies have shown that the number of car accidents increases every year immediately following the start of daylight savings time in March. The lack of sleep that accompanies us moving our clocks forward an hour may result in more drowsy drivers getting behind the wheel. Regardless of the cause of the other driver’s drowsiness, if sleep deprivation caused the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Evidence That May Indicate Drowsy Driving
In order to demonstrate that another driver’s drowsiness caused your car accident injuries, the following evidence may be useful to your claim:
- The police officer’s accident report. This report may contain evidence that shows the driver of the other vehicle was drowsy at the time of the crash. For example, if the accident scene did not have skid marks, this may indicate that the driver did not brake in order to avoid a crash, possibly because he was sleep deprived and had an impaired reaction time.
- The type of accident that occurred. For example, if the other driver went through a stoplight or crowded intersection without slowing down, that may indicate that he or she was inattentive due to drowsiness at the time of the accident.
- Records from the driver’s workplace. These records may show that the driver had recently completed a long shift, an overnight shift, or had worked many consecutive hours over the course of a short timeframe.
- Testimony from co-workers or classmates. Others who were with the driver before getting behind the wheel could confirm that the driver showed signs of fatigue.
- The driver’s cell phone record. These records could provide geographic data that shows the driver had traveled a long distance prior to the accident, increasing the likelihood that he may have been tired.
- Debit or credit receipts. A purchase history could indicate the driver purchased, ate, or drank something right before the accident that contributed to drowsiness.
- Testimony from other drivers or passengers. Witnesses may have seen the driver swerving or displaying other driving behavior that indicated he may have been tired.
- The driver’s prescription medications. Some of these medications may increase the likelihood that he was tired at the time of the crash.
We have helped many clients pursue a claim for compensation after a car accident, and we can do the same for you. We encourage you to check out our many successful case results for more information.