Many auto accidents on the road today are a result of a driver being too tired to drive safely. Driver fatigue is the second most common reason for car accidents today. In fact, there are over 100,000 accidents caused by driver fatigue in the United States every year. These accidents are a result of a driver being over-exhausted or lacking sleep, combined with operating a motor vehicle.
Driver fatigue accidents can cause serious damage. Many times there are serious injuries and even death as a result. Because of the dangerous nature of a driver fatigue accident, it is important for any driver to understand how to prevent one. In order for a driver to lower the risk of being the cause of an accident due to fatigue, he should:
- Get plenty of sleep. Knowing how the body reacts to lack of sleep and to exhaustion can help determine whether a driver should be behind the wheel. A driver who is over-tired should never attempt to operate a vehicle.
- Plan ahead. When heading out on a long journey, plan ahead. Take plenty of time to get rest every night, and sleep between long stretches of driving.
- Use a partner. A great way to get rest or get a quick nap while on the road is to bring a driving buddy. This will also result in saving time on the trip.
- Take a nap. If a driver begins to feel tired she should pull over. Find a safe place to park and take a quick rest. Even a short nap can revitalize and refresh the body.
- Be aware of medication. Taking certain medications can cause drowsiness. If medication being taken causes a driver to become tired, they should not operate a vehicle.
Unfortunately, we are only in control of our own driving safety. It is possible that you have been involved in an accident due to a fatigued driver. To discuss your legal options, contact an experienced Wisconsin car accident attorney at Hupy and Abraham Call 800-800-5678 today for a free case evaluation. Be sure to request a free copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims.