Adults in the United States often pride themselves on how busy they are and how much they have to do. It’s imperative for anyone who is going to drive to understand that they need to be well-rested. Fatigued driving can lead to crashes that injure or kill.
What most people don’t realize is that not all fatigued drivers missed out on sleep the night before. There are many reasons why people end up driving while drowsy. Knowing these causes may help you to avoid fatigued driving.
Potential causes of drowsy driving
Besides not getting enough sleep before getting on the road, drivers may become fatigued because of the medications they’re taking. This includes over-the-counter and prescription medications, not just illegal drugs. It’s also possible that shift workers, those who have certain medical conditions like sleep apnea, and people who drive long stretches at a time may also become fatigued behind the wheel.
Symptoms of fatigued driving
All drivers should be on the lookout for signs of fatigue. These include things like hitting the rumble strip, swerving between lanes, and nodding off while you drive. Stopping to rest or having someone else take over the driving duties is important if you notice that you’re getting too tired to drive.
What to do when you’re injured by a drowsy driver
You may be responsible enough to avoid drowsy driving, but not everyone is the same.
Anyone who is struck by a fatigued driver can pursue a claim for compensation. This can help to cover the costs of things like medical care and the wages you missed when you were healing from the injuries you suffered. An attorney can help you learn more about your rights, get your case moving forward and protect your interests.