When driving through Madison or along Wisconsin highways in the late evening or overnight, one can often see the wreckage of vehicles on the shoulder of the road. Sometimes it’s possible to watch a car drift across a lane to collide with another vehicle.
Driver fatigue is often to blame.
Americans are so busy that a large portion of the population doesn't get enough rest on a regular basis. This persistent fatigue, when combined with operating a motor vehicle, can cause grim results. In the United States, there are 100,000 wrecks due to drowsy drivers annually.
How to Avoid Being Involved in an Accident due to Driver Fatigue
- Know your body.
Different people need different amounts of rest and react differently to the stress of fatigue. Knowing when your body has had enough and needs to rest will help you make wise decisions whether to drive or not.
- Plan before long trips.
If you are going to be traveling for an extended period of time, be sure to get plenty of rest the night before. Driving can have a calming, almost hypnotic effect; when coupled with fatigue, the monotony of driving can lull a driver to sleep at the wheel.
- Share the drive.
If you know you're going to be tired, find someone willing to drive along with you. This is especially helpful on long journeys. Taking turns every few hours at the wheel can greatly reduce the risk of being in a Madison automobile accident due to fatigue.
- Pull over.
If you have to travel alone, be sure not to over-tire yourself. Plan on giving yourself plenty of time for rest on your trip. If you'er driving and start to feel sleepy, pull over and take a rest; a quick nap can revitalize your body.
- Know your medicines.
Many prescription drugs can cause drowsiness. If you're taking a new medication, know how your body reacts to it before operating a vehicle in Wisconsin.
- Don’t drink and drive. Alcohol has a sedative quality in the body; even after one drink, the body becomes more relaxed. Driving after drinking is already illegal and drunk driving while fatigued is even more dangerous.
Driver fatigue is dangerous but also preventable. Even if you are cautious, there will be other drivers on the road who are willing to take this risk.
If you have been injured in a serious Wisconsin motor vehicle accident, contact the Madison car crash lawyers at Hupy and Abraham You can also request a free copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims.
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