A man who fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle, causing an accident that killed the driver of a second car, has admitted death by careless driving at his court appearance at the High Court in Edinburgh. The accident occurred in August 2010 at around 5.35am. The man who died, George Izatt, had been returning home from a fishing trip at the time. Adam Docherty, aged 28, had fallen asleep just seconds before the accident, causing his vehicle to stray over the hazard lines in the middle of the road. It went straight into the path of the vehicle driven by Mr Izatt. There was a passenger in each car but Mr Izatt was the only person to lose his life.
Mr Docherty was said to be hard-working and played a role within the Army cadets among other things. He was training to be a joiner and also had a part-time job in a nightclub as a bar supervisor. His work ethic was said to be a factor in causing the crash, as he was found to be seriously deprived of sleep before the accident occurred.
How dangerous can a lack of sleep be for a driver?
As we have seen here, driving while tired can potentially be very serious indeed. In this case it took the life of an innocent man who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Regardless of the length of journey taken, a lack of sleep can mean a person is potentially less aware than they would otherwise be. This means they could easily nod off without realising, potentially causing an accident in the process. Proper sleep is essential if drivers are to be safe on the roads.
Have you been injured by a sleeping driver who nodded off?
If you have ever been in an accident that was caused by a driver who nodded off at the wheel, you could be in a position to make a no win, no fee* compensation claim. Find out for certain now by calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. This is our free 24/7 enquiry line and once you speak with a member of our team you could be put in touch with a professional injury compensation lawyer who might be able to help. Make sure you get the no-obligation advice you need now.
Date Published: February 22, 2015
Author: David Brown