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The causes and potential dangers of fatigue among drivers

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2018 | Blog

A motor vehicle accident can take place without a moment’s notice and under a variety of circumstances, each of which could place your safety at risk. With prevalent causes such as distracted and drunk driving, you may have concern for your health while out driving on Maryland roads.

Unfortunately, these might not be the only dangers you face, and a drowsy driver may exhibit many of the same behaviors as one distracted or impaired. Since there are numerous scenarios in which a driver may become fatigued behind the wheel, a similar form of negligence is more common than you might think.

Prevalent causes of drowsy driving

While you may wish to avoid becoming involved in a serious collision at all costs, spotting a drowsy driver in time to prevent an accident can be challenging. However, you may wish to know some of the more prevalent causes of drowsy driving so you can remain alert behind the wheel, which may include:

  • Long trips: Drivers who stay on the road for extended periods may be more susceptible to fatigue, and while they might wish to continue toward their destination, doing so while drowsy could cause them to place others nearby at risk.
  • Lack of sleep: Perhaps one of the most common causes of drowsy driving, those who attempt to operate a vehicle without getting enough rest may tire out more quickly than others.
  • Use of medications: Even a prescription medication can have an impact on a person’s ability to drive, and even if it isn’t on the warning label, if a medication makes you drowsy, it is advisable to stay off the road while under its effects.
  • Time of day: While a driver may experience fatigue at any time of day, those who drive at night may find it more difficult to remain awake and alert.

In some cases, alcohol consumption can also cause fatigue among drivers, and it is advisable to avoid driving a vehicle while under its influence. However, you cannot force others to remain as vigilant as you, and if hit by a drowsy driver, you may be the one who suffers serious harm.

Pursuing restitution with guidance

If you suffer serious injuries in a collision involving a drowsy driver, you may wish to pursue restitution to assist in covering your medical expenses and any loss of income you experience during recovery. However, the civil justice system can be complex, and it might be in your best interest to seek guidance from someone who is knowledgeable in the area. Obtaining guidance early on could help place you in a much better position to pursue the full amount of compensation you deserve through a personal injury claim.

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