Many adults just assume that feeling drowsy is a normal part of adulthood, but they might not think about what kinds of negative impacts trying to drive while they’re fatigued may have. Each day that you get on the roads in Texas, there’s a chance that you’re traveling alongside someone who’s too fatigued to drive safely.
A driver who’s fatigued is going to have a much slower reaction time than drivers who had plenty of sleep. But sleep is only one part of what can lead to a driver being fatigued. Drivers who are on the road at a time when they’d normally be sleeping and those on certain medications can also be fatigued.
There are a few signs that a driver might be suffering from fatigue. Some of these overlap with the signs of impaired driving.
- Drifting from one lane to another
- Nodding off
- Having microsleeps of up to 30 seconds
- Having tunnel vision
- Not remembering part of the drive
One of the issues with fatigued driving crashes is that they are all preventable. Drivers who are fatigued should get off the road and rest before continuing to their destination. Some might turn to things like consuming caffeine or opening a window for fresh air. However, those aren’t suitable for long term help with safe driving when they’re fatigued.
The impacts of a fatigued driving crash can be serious. These wrecks can cause severe injuries or even death. The victims might choose to seek compensation for the damages they experience, e.g., lost wages and medical bills. An attorney who’s familiar with motor vehicle crash cases can help these victims pursue justice.