Five people ended up hospitalized following a head-on collision in Baldwin County. The accident happened during the early hours of Monday, June 14th. According to the Georgia State Patrol, one of the drivers involved in the accident was drowsy behind the wheel.
The two-car collision occurred just before 1:30 a.m. on Georgia 22 near Laurel Lake. The state patrol said a Chevrolet Suburban was westbound on the highway. Simultaneously, a Ford Fusion was in the left turn lane on Georgia 22 East.
The Suburban driver told the GSP investigators that he started falling asleep when he crossed over the road’s centerline and struck the Ford Fusion in the head-on collision in Baldwin County. Five people sustained injuries, and medics transported them to the hospital. There is currently no information on their condition, and the state patrol has not released their names.
Drowsy driving is a common cause of motor vehicle accidents. It is the result of tiredness, fatigue, and inadequate sleep. Traffic agencies advise tired or fatigued drivers to avoid driving and get adequate rest and sleep. If in transit, the driver can stop on the roadway’s slow lane, seek alternative transport, or continue after getting a little rest.
Aside from drowsiness, several other factors can contribute to a road accident. They include driving under the influence, distracted driving, illegal lane change, tailgating, or running red lights. In any of these instances, the investigating traffic agency will determine who the at-fault driver is.
The fault driver, depending on the case circumstances, might face a criminal charge and a civil lawsuit. For the latter, they will be liable in damages to the car accident victim for their injuries.
Find out more about the liability of an at-fault driver from our Georgia car accident lawyers.