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I know how sloppy my driving gets when I’m tired. Is fatigue a common cause of car accidents? Should I contact an Iowa personal injury lawyer if I’m hurt in a car accident?

We all have times when we are more tired than usual, and sometimes we can see the difference in our driving or other behavior. We can assure you that you are not alone in experiencing a change in your driving abilities when you are tired.

A recent study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that fatigue may cause as many as 20 percent of all car accidents. That is significantly higher than the 2 to 3 percent of car accidents that had been estimated in previous studies. Other surprising results of the study included findings that drivers in the 18- to 20-year-old range had significantly more fatigue-related crashes than drivers in any other group, and that daytime fatigue was a bigger issue than anticipated.

The study used a “naturalistic” approach where equipment is placed in vehicles to record the driver’s actions as they happen. Researchers report seeing signs of significant fatigue such as eye-lid closure, head bobbing, severe loss of facial musculature, and eyelids shutting and then popping back open shortly before 20 percent of crashes and 16 percent of near misses.

Accordingly, drowsy driving is an issue that should be taken seriously. If you have been in an accident and you think that fatigue may have been a cause of your crash then it is important to share that information with an experienced Des Moines car accident lawyer.

For more information, please call an Iowa auto accident attorney today at 515-984-0091 and please read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham