Drowsy driving is a major problem in the United States. People are overworked and extremely busy. Many skip out on sleep so they can have as much awake time as possible to get things done. Unfortunately, this creates a hazard on the roadways.
The exact number of fatigued driving crashes isn’t known yet, but there are some points that all drivers should remember about drowsy driving.
#1: Lack of sleep isn’t always the cause
While lack of sleep is one of the more common causes of drowsy driving, it’s not the only cause. Medical conditions, medications, driving on familiar roads and driving for long periods of time can also cause driver fatigue. For some people, driving when they’re accustomed to sleeping is the problem. Swing shift workers often have this issue.
#2: Even microsleeps are dangerous
One symptom of fatigued driving is dozing off at the wheel. This is often a microsleep, which can be very short. A microsleep that lasts only five seconds is long enough for a serious crash to occur. If you’re going 55 miles per hour, you will move the length of a football field in that short five-second period.
#3: Quick fixes don’t work
Some people rely on things like drinking coffee or opening a window to stay awake while they’re driving. Quick fixes for staying awake don’t work. You should get off the road and rest until you’re able to drive safely again.
Despite you driving safely, you may still be involved in a wreck with a drowsy driver. You may be able to avoid this by staying away from vehicles that are swerving or not stopping for red lights or stop signs.
People who suffer injuries in a crash caused by a fatigued driver should ensure they get proper care. They may opt to pursue a compensation claim to help recover damages related to the injuries. Connecticut law limits how long you have to act, so don’t waste any time. Working with someone familiar with these matters enables you to focus on getting better while they handle the legal matters.