According to a report by the San Antonio Express News, a fracking worker fell asleep at the wheel and crashed after a 24-hour long shift. The driver and two others were killed, and also caused a scare for a bus full of kids that it crashed into. The fracking industry is seeing its fair share of controversy in San Antonio and other Texas cities, but long hours is just one of the problems. Some will argue that these long hours are unacceptable, especially considering the chance that these workers might potentially get into a car and start driving. It’s also worth mentioning that there are plenty of other industries that ask people to stay late hours and then drive home or to another job after not getting much sleep.
The dangers of driving while sleepy are quite real, and this instance is a huge reminder. The easiest way to avoid these problems is to simply not drive while tired or to get enough sleep, but if you get on the road, remember that you might end up driving alongside other people who don’t have much sleep. If you do get into an accident with someone in San Antonio or any city for that matter, it’s important to document the accident and try to understand what caused it. Although it’s sometimes difficult, let’s outline some ways you can prove that another person was too tired to drive.
Document What the Person Was Saying After the Crash
You can usually figure out if someone is too tired by listening to what they say. If they have trouble putting together sentences or keep pressing their eyes you might be speaking with a sleep deprived driver. Document what they say and take note of anything that indicates they might not have enough sleep.
Tell Police That You Think The Other Person Hasn’t Had Much Sleep
When you tell the police about the situation they will also start trying to figure out if the other person is too tired to drive. Let the officers know that you are concerned that the other person is sleepy in order to get it into the police report.
Give Your Evidence to a Personal Injury Lawyer to Piece Together the Case
When you turn over this evidence to a personal injury lawyer you open up the chance to get compensation for the damages. Your personal injury lawyer will help construct a case that shows the court that you were not the problem in the crash. Once you can prove that the other person was too tired to drive you can then ask for compensation for your injuries and damages.
Let us know in the comments section if you have ever been in a car accident that involved a tired driver. Have you ever driven while too tired? Tell us how you try to avoid this situations.