We have written often about the role cell phones, intoxicated drivers, poorly constructed roadways and other factors play in car accidents. One of the most overlooked causes of car accidents is a driver who is too tired to be operating a motor vehicle. In fact, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety calls drowsy driving, “one of the most significant, unrecognized traffic safety problems” in America.
Some states are seeking ways to hold sleepy drivers criminally accountable for fatal car accidents they cause. The problem – while blood tests can detect whether a driver is drunk, skid marks can show that a driver was traveling too fast, and text records can show that a driver was distracted – proving they were drowsy and caused an accident is more difficult.