In a country where an emphasis is put on how busy you are and how much you can accomplish in a day, it comes as no shock that many adults are tired. It’s easy to overlook being tired as just another thing that you deal with, but it can have catastrophic consequences.
Drowsy drivers cause an average of 886 fatalities and 83,000 crashes each year, and those numbers might be very conservative. Because of this, it’s imperative that any driver who is fatigued gets rest before they attempt to continue driving.
Why is drowsy driving so dangerous?
Drivers who haven’t gotten enough sleep are at risk of falling asleep at the wheel while the vehicle is in motion and cause a devastating crash. But that isn’t the only impact of fatigued driving.
A driver who’s drowsy may have a slow reaction time and become less attentive. They may not be able to make suitable decisions as they drive. The effects of drowsy driving are similar to that of being intoxicated.
When a driver is fatigued, they may drift from one lane to another or hit the rumble strips. If you notice these signs, staying away from the vehicle is a good idea.
There’s always a chance that a fatigued driver will strike another vehicle. If you’re injured in a crash caused by a drowsy driver, you may opt to seek compensation for the damages that you suffer. This must be done swiftly since state laws limit the amount of time you have after a crash. Working with an attorney who’s familiar with these cases is often beneficial.