Officials with the Wilbraham Police are looking into a serious car accident that happened on a recent late night on Boston Road. According to ABC40, the accident happened just after 1:00 a.m. right outside of Papa Ginos.
Officers report that the driver was speeding when he crossed over the center line of the roadway and slammed right into a Dunkin’ Donuts truck. Both of the drivers involved in the accident were taken to the Baystate Medical Center. One reported serious injuries.
Officials were forced to close down Boston Road for most of the night. During this time, investigators looked into the cause of the accident. No conclusions have been drawn.
Our Wilbraham car accident lawyers understand the risks that drivers face for accidents during the evening hours. The truth of the matter is that you’re more likely to get into a car accident when it’s dark out than during any other time of the day. During this time, our bodies are genetically programmed to want to sleep and we have a difficult time not only seeing our surroundings, but also seeing and reacting to dangers.
According to DrowsyDriving.com, driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than drinking and driving. Just like alcohol, being sleepy at the wheel can cause some seriously delayed reaction time and can drastically impair our judgment.
One of the most important things we can do to help to reduce the risks of drowsy driving car accidents is to get enough sleep. You’d be surprised by how many Americans are doing that! According to the latest polls, only about 20 percent of Americans are getting between 7 and 8 hours of sleep each night. About 70 percent of Americans are getting less than that!
The problem with these kinds of accidents is that there is no sure fire way to determine if a driver was drowsy during the time of an accident. This means that many of these accidents are never reported, meaning that they’re much more common than we ever could imagine.
While there’s no test to tell if a driver was drowsy, there are clues to help us figure it out, like how many people were in the car. These accidents usually involve one vehicle and one driver. Also, skid marks, or lack thereof, are a good clue into drowsy driving car accidents. Evasive maneuvers are usually absent from the drowsy driving crash scene.
Drivers are asked to be careful when driving during the evening hours. It’s important that you’re getting enough sleep on a daily basis and that you’re stopping when your body feels tired. Some of the most common mistakes that drivers make behind the wheel is attempting to push through drowsiness. Whenever you feel sleepy behind the wheel — stop driving! Pull over, get out of your car, walk around, take a nap. Whatever you do, you don’t want to fight it!
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call 1-877-617-5333 today!
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