Unfortunately, car accidents happen every day. Motor vehicle accidents can have serious consequences such as property damage, injuries and even fatalities. There are many activities that if engaged in while driving can contribute to the probability of being involved in an accident. Some examples of dangerous driving activities include texting while driving, speeding, and driving under the influence. One lesser discussed dangerous driving behavior is driving behavior is drowsy driving. Drowsy driving is believed to have been a factor in a recent accident in Washington County, Wisconsin.
The accident occurred on Thursday, August 27 near Highway 60 on Interstate 41 around 5:30 am. The accident occurred when a semi truck collided with an unoccupied vehicle that was parked on the shoulder of the road prior to the accident. The force of the collision sent the semi truck to the road’s median and the parked vehicle into a ditch. Fortunately, the driver of the semi truck was not injured in the accident. Law enforcement officials are investigating the cause of the accident and believe drowsy driving may have been a factor. The driver of the semi truck informed law enforcement officials that he was unsure how the accident occurred, but believes he may have fallen asleep at the wheel prior to the accident.
This accident highlights the dangers of drowsy driving. Fatigue can cause impaired cognition and performance, which can contribute to motor vehicle accidents. Most drowsy driving accidents occur between the hours of midnight and 6:00 am. Drivers should ensure that they have gotten an adequate amount of sleep before getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. By making sure that we do not drive while drowsy we can help keep the roadways safer for everyone.