One injured in Walla Walla car accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by driver falling asleep at wheel
Date: March 13, 2011, 03/13/2011
Location: Walla Walla, Walla Walla County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One injured
While driving on Highway 12 near the Wallula Junction in Walla Walla, a 23-year-old male fell asleep at the wheel and drove his 2008 Ford Mustang into a 10-foot deep ravine.
The crash occurred around 6 p.m. on Sunday. Miguel Angel Castillo's car traveled about 500 feet before it came to a stop in the ravine. He was treated for minor injuries at St. Mary's Hospital.
Asleep At The Wheel Accident Statistics
- 52 per cent of 107 single-vehicle accidents involving heavy trucks were fatigue-related; in nearly 18 per cent of the cases, the driver admitted to falling asleep.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimate that there are 56,000 sleep related road crashes annually in the USA, resulting in 40,000 injuries and 1,550 fatalities.
- In 2007 fatigue was involved in at least 18% of fatal accidents and accounts for about 7% of all accidents.
Warning signs to look out for:
- Continuously yawning, day-dreaming, or wandering in the lane
- Your reactions unintentionally speeding up or slowing down
- Eyes feel stiff or heavy and you find yourself day dreaming
- Your car wanders over the center line or off the edge of the road
Tips to avoid falling asleep at the wheel:
- Avoiding driver fatigue on long trips. Drivers should give themselves plenty of time to get to their destinations and schedule in regular breaks.
- For long trips plan in advance so you know where you are going to take a break.
- Take a break at least every 2 hours.
- Plan to stay somewhere overnight if you are going on a long journey.
- Share the driving - and make sure to take rest when you are not driving.
- Try not to drive when you would normally be asleep (early mornings and late nights.)
- Don’t drink and drive. Not only does alcohol severely impair your driving ability, but it also acts as a depressant. Just one drink can induce fatigue.
- Avoid smoking when you drive.
- Caffeine provides a quick, but short-lived improvement in alertness. So, to capitalize on its benefits, one should use it only when a boost is needed.
- Drink water, eat fruit and healthy snacks rather than fatty and sugary food.
Seattle Car Accident Lawyers
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