Based on the rate of automobile collisions occurring in New York and other states across the nation, government agencies continue to explore the causes. By targeting the factors that lead to serious and fatal crashes, campaigns can be issued and even laws can be passed to penalize motorists for certain forms of negligence occurring behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, these proposed don’t always come to be, and safety and preventative measures do not always stop drivers from being negligent and causing a car accident.
With regards to drowsy driving, this is a growing concern. Even more so, it is becoming more and more apparent that this form of negligence behind the wheel is just as dangerous as drunk driving. Based on current data, drowsy driving is implicated in roughly 100,000 crashes a year, causing 71,000 injured and 1,500 dead. Upon realizing the impacts sleep deprivation has on driving, policymakers have put their attention on curbing this issue by developing legislation. Unfortunately, many of these proposed legislations fail to be enacted.
For example, back in 2015 a bill in New York was introduced to address drowsy driving. This bill sought to make driving while drowsy a class A misdemeanor. It also included vehicular assault in the second degree for drowsy drivers involve din a car accident. Additionally, it sought to create the crime of vehicular homicide caused by driving while ability impaired by fatigue, which would be a class E felony and subject to a prison sentence for up to three years and license revocation.
While this bill failed to pass, this does not prevent victims of a car crash from holding a drowsy driver accountable for the crash. When a negligent driver cases a crash, it is possible for harmed victims to file a personal injury action. This legal action not only establishes liability but helps a victim recover compensation for losses and damages suffered.