Fatigued drivers are a risk to everyone on the roads. They can’t operate a vehicle safely because they’re unable to react suitably to obstacles on the road.
Fatigue can lead to behaviors similar to those of impaired drivers. That’s an entirely avoidable situation if drivers simply ensure they’re well-rested before getting on the road. Here are a few things you should know.
Fatigue comes from many causes
While lack of sleep is the most prominent cause of fatigue, there are other potential reasons. Medical issues, driving when you’d typically be sleeping, working swing shifts and certain medications may also lead to driver fatigue. “Highway hypnosis,” which occurs when the lights of oncoming vehicles hypnotize the driver, is also possible.
Microsleeps can be deadly
One hazard of driver fatigue is that microsleeps can happen. These short sleeps last only a few seconds, but that’s enough time to lead to a serious crash. A vehicle moving 55 miles per hour goes the length of a football field in just five seconds. That’s ample time for a collision to occur.
Quick fixes don’t work
There aren’t any quick fixes that fatigued drivers can use to overcome drowsiness. Temporary measures like drinking coffee or rolling down the windows may provide short-term relief but aren’t suitable for long stretches of driving or regular use. Instead, tired drivers should find a safe place to pull over and get sleep.
Fatigued drivers can cause crashes that lead to catastrophic injuries. The victims of those crashes may need considerable medical care. You can improve your chances of getting the compensation you need from an at-fault driver or their insurer by getting experienced legal guidance as soon as possible.