Driver Falls Asleep at the Wheel, Causes Accident in Clallam County | Bellevue Injury Lawyer

An accident caused by a drowsy driver caused a 4 hour delay on Highway 101 in Clallam County

As a Seattle auto accident lawyer, I see examples time and time again of the added dangers of driving at night. Falling asleep at the wheel is one major problem with driving late at night. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsiness or fatigue is a factor in almost 100,000 accidents every year. Fatigue is called the “silent killer” because it leads to 1,500 fatalities every year, and there is a sleep-deprivation test like a breathalyzer.

A driver who fell asleep at the wheel caused a two car accident on Thursday at 10:46 p.m. that blocked Highway 101 for almost four hours. The accident happened near milepost 233 in Clallam County when Jennifer Hathaway, 40, was driving her 1985 Civic eastbound on Highway 101. Hathaway’s vehicle crossed the center line and hit a 2005 Toyota Matrix driven by David Worrall, 71. Both vehicles ended up on the eastbound shoulder. Luckily, both drivers were wearing seatbelts. Hathaway was taken to Harborview Medical Center with hip, leg, and chest injuries and Worrall was not injured. Investigators closed Highway 101 for almost four hours and determined the cause of the accident to be Hathaway falling asleep. She has been charged with negligent driving in the second degree and is awaiting trial.

This type of accident illustrates the problems with driving late at night. Most drivers at some point or another will experience driving while tired. The best way to avoid causing a drowsiness related accident is to make sure you are awake and aware before even getting into your car. If you are even feeling kind of tired, it is not worth it to get on the road. If you are driving and get tired, pull over immediately so that you do not cause an accident.