A Philadelphia woman was recently killed in a car accident along the New Jersey expressway after an incident of drowsy driving. A 27-year-old driver in a pickup started the accident after he fell asleep at the wheel. He veered across the highway and crossed the median into the northbound lane. This caused a three-car accident.
The pickup crashed into a Ford Fusion that was driving in the opposite direction. The impact propelled the Fusion across highway, where it hit a tractor-trailer in a head-on collision. The driver of the tractor trailer was treated for minor injuries. The woman driving the Ford Fusion was rushed to critical care, but did not survive.
The woman was on her way between Philadelphia and New Jersey. It was reported that she split her time between the two states, and owned a home in the Cape May area.
The police are still investigating the accident for more information.
The Dangers of Drowsy Driving
The National Sleep Foundation says that 60 percent of Americans report having driven while drowsy at least once per year. As many as 103 million people report having nearly fallen asleep at the wheel.
Official numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say that there are at least 100,000 accidents every year because of drowsy driving, resulting in an estimated 1,555 deaths. Many experts think these numbers might be very low, since unlike drunk driving, drowsy driving is very hard to prove. Some experts estimate that it causes as many as one million accidents every year.
Drowsy driving is a danger to everyone on the road. You should never get behind the wheel when you are at risk of falling asleep or causing an accident. If you have been injured as a result of drowsy driving, you should contact an attorney.