Identification of Drowsy-Driving Crashes
Drowsy-driver crashes usually have the following in common:
Important note: In New Zealand, the law states that an autopsy must be performed following a crash death. This can effectively prove or eliminate many of the other possible causes of crashes.
- The crash occurs during the late night, early morning or mid-afternoon.
- Single driver or a driver with sleeping passenger(s).
- The crash is likely to be serious.
- The driver does not attempt to avoid the crash.
- Good weather and clear visibility.
- No indication of speeding.
- No indication of driver driving too close
- No indication of alcohol.
- Vehicle either ran off the road, across the centreline or into the back of another vehicle.
- No signs of brakes being applied before-hand (eg; no skid marks).
- No mechanical defects in the car or burst tyre.
- Several seconds before the crash the driver could have seen the point of run off or vehicle hit.
- The driver may or may not have admitted having fallen asleep.