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Clues that show driver fatigue caused an accident

Many tragic West Virginia car accidents happen because a driver was simply too tired to be on the road and wound up falling asleep behind the wheel. While it's bad enough when that driver simply runs off the road, it's even worse when a fatigued driver hits another person's vehicle.

Unfortunately, following a serious car accident, a negligent driver will rarely come out and admit that they dozed off right before the accident. So, an injured person or a grieving family, as the case may be, will have to look carefully at the facts and circumstances for hints that show that the other driver was dangerously fatigued.

For example, accidents involving fatigued driving commonly take place either in the hours just before dawn or some time in the middle of the afternoon. The accidents tend to happen on interstates and other highways where a person can maintain a high speed without having to react as often as they would on a city street or a backcountry road. Many times, a fatigued driver will appear to have done nothing to prevent the accident. Usually, fatigued drivers travel alone. Additionally, a study has shown that in West Virginia, young men and teenage boys are more likely to be driving fatigued, as are people who work atypical hours, like the night or late evening shift.

None of these factors, standing alone or even in a combination, guarantee that the other driver caused an accident because they fell asleep. However, these factors should at least raise questions in the victim's mind as to whether a driver should be investigated and called to account for the damage that they caused by their carelessness.

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