In April 2021, a 33-year-old man driving a Dodge Charger fell asleep in Burnside. He crashed into a house on E. 93rd St. around 2:00 AM. In October 2019, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson fell asleep at a stop sign after he had been drinking. A truck driver fell asleep on Interstate 55 just outside Chicago and crashed into a dozen cars. In June 2021, another truck driver in Berkeley, just outside of Chicago, was hauling firecrackers when he crashed after falling asleep. The crash caused his trailer to explode.
The fact is that drowsy drivers are out causing accidents on our Chicago roadways. Even with the new self-driving cars, things might not improve. Tesla asks drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel when they put their cars on auto-pilot, so being awake is a prerequisite. Yet, in May 2021, a Tesla was going over 80 miles an hour through Palatine. The driver had been caught asleep at the wheel for the third time. It took the police two miles to wake him up.
Drowsy drivers should be liable for the harm they cause, and any victims should seek help from a car accident attorney.
Everyone knows driving while you are tired is a bad idea, but just how bad is it? Your reaction times, ability to focus, and ability to stay attentive significantly drop if you’re feeling sleepy. If you are drowsy behind the wheel:
New Technology to Reduce Drowsy Driving
In 2026, Congress is requiring that automakers install technology to cut down on impaired driving. Upcoming self-driving vehicles must have “monitoring systems” with infrared cameras (heat detection) that passively monitor inside the car. This monitoring can determine if a driver has an active, engaged, visual search pattern, shows symptoms of fatigue, falls asleep or passes out, and if they are intoxicated. When the system detects that the driver is impaired, the driver will be told to pull over. If the driver does not comply, the car will curb itself. Hopefully, this new monitoring system will reduce the incidents of exploding trailers and house crashes in Chicago.
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