Is falling asleep at the wheel an excuse for an accident?

Posted on May 06, 2013

A fatal accident is reported by the Iowa State Patrol on May 5, 2013 on Highway 18 in Sheldon, O’Brien County, Iowa. The report shows a Mrs. Joan Vanrooyen dying in the crash with Justin Mulder and Justin Hassebroek being injured.

The quick answer to this question is no falling asleep at the wheel is not an excuse for crossing over the center line. An adult driver is responsible for their driving and no one just falls asleep at the wheel. This accident happened at 8:44 a.m. so it’s really doubtful this explanation will hold up. After this accident I’d be checking cell phones.

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