How Driver Fatigue Contributes to Catastrophic Crashes

A tired driver is a dangerous driver. While most people know that they shouldn’t get behind the wheel of their vehicle without adequate rest, fatigue can be tricky. It can creep up on someone in many unexpected ways.

There are many factors that can contribute to driver fatigue, so all drivers must ensure that they are mentally prepared to operate a vehicle. Understanding more about the causes of fatigue can help you avoid the problem.

What can cause driver fatigue?

Some of the factors that can contribute to driver fatigue include:

  • Lack of sleep on one or more nights
  • Driving when you’d normally be asleep
  • Working swing shifts or overnight hours
  • Driving on familiar roads
  • Monotonous conditions
  • Staying awake for too long
  • Certain medical conditions

The effects of drowsy driving are serious. Drivers who have been awake for 20 hours have similar losses of abilities as a person who’s legally impaired by alcohol. 

What are the possible consequences of fatigued driving?

A driver who is fatigued will have a slower reaction time than normal. They may not make good decisions. They can fall asleep at the wheel. Even if these are only microsleeps that last seconds, there is a major safety issue because their car will continue traveling for a significant distance during that time. 

Understanding the dangers of fatigued driving can help you make better choices for yourself — but it can’t stop you from falling victim to another tired driver. If you’re struck by a fatigued driver, take the appropriate steps to protect your interests. Working with an experienced attorney is often the best way to navigate the insurance claims process and obtain a fair settlement for your injuries and losses.

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