While many people focus on distracted driving as one of the primary behaviors that drivers need to stop, it isn’t the only one. All drivers should ensure that they are well rested before they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Being fatigued is a significant hazard on the road. It can lead to catastrophic crashes that can cause permanent injuries or even death.
Why is lack of sleep so dangerous?
Lack of sleep can cause some of the same effects on someone who gets behind the wheel as drinking alcohol. A driver who hasn’t slept in 20 hours has been found to be as dangerous as one who has a blood alcohol concentration of .08%, which is legally impaired.
A driver who is fatigued is three times more likely to be involved in a crash. This is due to the slower reaction time and a decreased ability to make rational decisions due to fatigue. These drivers may fall asleep at the wheel, which is a huge danger.
A vehicle that’s moving 55 miles per hour can go the full length of a football field in only 5 seconds. That’s a considerable distance to drive if the driver is asleep while they drive for only that short period.
Anyone who’s struck by a fatigued driver should ensure that they get medical care to determine the extent of their injuries. They may opt to pursue a claim for compensation that can help them to recover some of the financial damages they suffered because of the crash. An experienced attorney can help you get the compensation you need.