If you are like the majority of U.S. drivers, then at some point you have driven or will drive a car while drowsy or exhausted.
Many people don’t even realize how dangerous that is. Most people are surprised to learn that driver drowsiness is the second-most-common cause of motor vehicle accidents in America, accounting for some 100,000 auto accidents each year. The majority of these accidents occur between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m., with secondary spike between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
With so many accidents caused by fatigue, one might wonder how to avoid being in a Illinois auto accident. There are steps you can take to help keep you safe. An Illinois car accident attorney would like to share a few of these steps with you:
- Know when you’ve had enough. After a long day with restless sleep the previous night, many people try to push through the exhaustion and attempt to keep going. This can become quite dangerous while driving. Take the time to evaluate your status and realize when you need a rest.
- Drive with a buddy. If you are planning to take a long road trip, it would help to take a friend or family member along. You can divvy up the driving between you. Whenever you are not driving, take a nap or lay back and rest.
- Nap. If you find yourself becoming tired, get off the road at the nearest safe spot and rest. Perhaps even take a short nap.
Perhaps you have been the victim of an Illinois auto accident caused when the other driver was too fatigued to drive safely. If this is the case, you need legal representation that will stand up for you. Contact the law firm of Hupy & Abraham toll-free at 800-800-5678 for a free evaluation of your case. We have three Illinois offices—in Gurnee, Rockford, and Bloomington—and we are able to serve clients all across the state. Call today to learn what our legal team can do for you.