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Fatigued driving is a big problem but can be prevented

On Behalf of | Nov 20, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Fatigued driving is a serious problem in this country, but it is one that could easily be prevented if nobody got behind the wheel without getting enough sleep first. It is imperative that anyone who is starting to notice signs of fatigue get off the road and rest before continuing their journey. If they fail to do this, there is a chance that they might cause a catastrophic or fatal crash.

There are many reasons why driving while drowsy is a bad idea. First, you can’t pay attention to the road like you should. It is difficult to focus on what you need to do if you are too tired. Second, your reaction is slower. This is partially because you can’t think straight. Third, you probably aren’t going to make the best judgment calls because you can’t process information properly.

Anyone who is driving should be aware of the signs of fatigued driving. These include things like blinking often, nodding off while you drive, being unable to remember the immediate past section of the journey and feeling like you can’t focus. If you notice any of these, find a safe place to stop as soon as possible and get some rest.

Many people think that lack of sleep is the only cause of fatigued driving, but there are actually many others. Driving at night or on familiar roads can lead to a driver becoming too fatigued to drive. Highway hypnosis might occur in those cases, which is a form of fatigued driving. Certain medical conditions and medications can also lead to this.

Any individual who was struck by a fatigued driver might opt to seek compensation. This can help you to cover medical care and other expenses directly related to the injuries you suffered in the crash.


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