One injured in Woodland collision

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One injured in Woodland accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by falling asleep at wheel

Date: May 26, 2011, 05/26/2011
Location: Woodland, Clark and Cowlitz Counties, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One injured

A man was injured in a one-car collision near Woodland on Thursday.

Around 11:40 p.m. 53-year-old Dennis E. Sullens was driving a Budget rental truck southbound on Interstate 5 when he fell asleep at the wheel, veered off the roadway near Dike Road and crashed.

Sullens was taken to a Vancouver hospital for treatment of an injured shoulder and cuts to his face. According to Washington State Patrol, he will be charged with second-degree negligent driving.

Woodland Fatal Accident Statistics for 2009
• Fatal accident count: 17
• Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 29
• Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 7
• Fatalities: 20
• Persons involved in fatal accidents: 42
• Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1

Falling Asleep At the Wheel Statistics
According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2005 Sleep in America poll, 60% of adult drivers – about 168 million people – say they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the past year, and more than one-third, (37% or 103 million people), have actually fallen asleep at the wheel! In fact, of those who have nodded off, 13% say they have done so at least once a month. Four percent – approximately eleven million drivers – admit they have had an accident or near accident because they dozed off or were too tired to drive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year. This results in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses.

Washington State Negligent Driving Law (See RCW 46.61.525)
(a) A person is guilty of negligent driving in the second degree if, under circumstances not constituting negligent driving in the first degree, he or she operates a motor vehicle in a manner that is both negligent and endangers or is likely to endanger any person or property. (b) It is an affirmative defense to negligent driving in the second degree that must be proved by the defendant by a preponderance of the evidence, that the driver was operating the motor vehicle on private property with the consent of the owner in a manner consistent with the owner's consent.
(c) Negligent driving in the second degree is a traffic infraction and is subject to a penalty of two hundred fifty dollars.

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