Statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demonstrate that around 56,000 accidents occur each year in America as a result of fatigued driving.
Fatigued driving is defined as lacking adequate amount of sleep, overworking, or performing strenuous work or exercise among other factors. Studies show that the number of hours spent while driving have a direct correlation with the number of fatigued driving accidents across America.
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Driver Fatigue Warning Signs
As studies show, the early morning hours and mid-day afternoon are the most common times for drowsy driving accidents to occur. This is typically due to the lack of sleep or other factors causing the driver to operate their vehicle while being fatigued.
Some signs of driver fatigue may include:
- Excessive yawning
- Failing to remember driving
- Feeling restless
- Heavy eyelids
- Trouble focusing
If you believe you may be drowsy driving, our attorney’s advise pulling over to the side of the road and resting to avoid an accident or falling asleep at the wheel.
Avoiding a Drowsy Driver Accident
If you know you will be driving soon, there are a few steps that can be followed to avoid an accident. Of course, it is always advised to get an adequate amount of sleep prior to driving. Some tips to avoid fatigued driving accidents include:
- Avoid driving at times when you would normally sleep
- Avoid rushing yourself while driving
- Avoid taking medications while driving
- Drink caffeinated beverages
- Get a good night sleep before driving long distances
- Pull over to a safe location and rest
- Stretch every two hours or 100 miles
- Travel with someone to alternate driving
Unfortunately, even if we do everything we possibly can to drive while drowsy, we may find ourselves in an accident no matter if it is our fault or not.
Types of Drowsy Driving Accidents
Accidents caused by an individual having a lack of sleep can be very dangerous, especially if the driver of the vehicle has fallen asleep at the wheel. These types of situations can cause severe damages and injuries to everyone involved.
Some types of accidents caused by fatigued driving include:
- Rear-end collisions
- Head-on collisions
- Side impact collisions
- Sideswipe accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Blindspot accidents
Being involved in an accident due to driving drowsy may cause injuries to those involved; as the driver may not have sufficient time to react to the stimulus of the accident.
Types of Fatigued Driver Injuries
When an individual decides to sit behind the wheel of a vehicle without an adequate amount of sleep or rest, they are putting everyone in the surrounding area at risk. These drivers have large decrease in reaction time which may cause them to become involved in an injury-causing accident.
Some injuries caused by these drivers include:
- Back injuries
- Brian injuries
- Broken bones
- Dislocated joints
- Facial injuries
- Internal injuries
- Loss of limb
- Nerve damage
- Whiplash injuries
- Wrist injuries
If you have been injured in a car collision, it is recommended to seek medical attention for your injuries. This will assure all injuries have been properly cared for and also provide our attorneys with the documents to form a robust case against the injury-causing individuals.
Need Help? Contact our Charleston Car Crash Attorneys Today
At Tapella & Eberspacher, our attorneys believe that if you have been the victim of a fatigued driving accident, our law firm can help you fight for your rights. Our attorneys have been representing auto accident injury victims for several years and will put this to use for each or our clients.
With locations in Charleston and O’Fallon, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri we are able to offer injury victims throughout the great Little Egypt and Missouri region with dependable legal solutions.
Some of the areas locations we serve include:
- St Louis
- Terre Haute
Additionally, our attorneys also serve clients throughout the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area. If you are interested in learning more about our firm, call us today at (217) 394-5885 for your free no-obligation consultation.