Driver Fatigue & Drowsy Drivers
When a driver chooses to get behind the wheel and fails to act reasonably it is often considered negligence. One form of negligence is fatigued driving wherein a driver gets behind the wheel when he or she is sleep-deprived or simply too tired.
Unfortunately, driving while fatigued is a common practice amongst many drivers, although most do not realize just how dangerous it is.
A 2013 survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that at least 1 in 24 drivers admits to falling asleep while behind the wheel. In fact, in South Carolina there were more than 730 traffic collisions caused by drowsy driving and approximately 1.5% of these were fatal collisions.
Driving while drowsy is a serious, yet preventable problem. Are you a victim?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car collision caused by a tired driver, did you know that the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and more? At the law offices of Harbin & Burnett, our auto accident lawyers have extensive knowledge of South Carolina's traffic laws and can help fight for the justice that you deserve.
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Signs of Driving while Fatigued
Most persons are aware of when they are too tired to drive and unfortunately most will turn to certain methods to try to stay awake. During this time a driver may quickly fall asleep behind the wheel and snap back to attention, this is commonly referred to as microsleep.
Some other signs and symptoms of a sleepy driver include:
- Nodding Off
- Missing Road Signs/Exits
- Loss of Concentration
- Drifting Between Lanes
- Failing to Recognize Road Hazards (rumble strips)
- Failing to Recall Last Few Miles Traveled
The NHTSA notes that there are certain risks that make drowsy drowning more likely to happen, including:
- Sleep Disorders (unknown or undiagnosed)
- Alcohol/Drug Impairment
- Driving for Several Hours Without a Break
Those who insist on using caffeine, rolling their windows down, or using other methods to stay awake are also endangering the lives of their fellow motorists. Such methods only mask how tired a person truly is and can lead to a crash while on the road.
Preventing Drowsy Driving
Along with understanding the signs of a tired driver, everyone should know how to prevent themselves from being involved in a drowsy driving accident.
Some tips for preventing driving while drowsy include:
- Get a good night's rest
- Pull over to a safe location or hotel/motel to get some rest
- Schedule driving breaks
- Avoid driving alone on long, or overnight, trips
- Avoid driving at hours you would normally be asleep
- Use caffeine sparingly
Some caffeine can help a driver stay alert, however it should not something that is consumed every hour in order to stay awake. Drivers should also recognize when other motorists may be fatigued while behind the wheel such as drifting out of their lane or seen nodding off.
Contact our Anderson Car Accident Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one was injured in accident with a fatigued driver and the victim is seeking legal counsel, our attorneys can help.
At Harbin & Burnett we believe that all persons need experienced attorneys working for them. Our attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the rights of injury victims and are committed to helping you get every dollar you deserve in the minimum time possible. With an office located in Anderson, we proudly serve clients throughout the state of South Carolina, including the following areas:
- Travelers Rest
and the surrounding areas. Our goal is to stand by you in your time of need, so don't hesitate to contact us today at 1-888-821-0247 to get started on your claim today. Our attorneys can help you determine if you have a case, and if so, how to proceed. Your initial consultation is free, there's no obligation and you'll never pay a fee unless you recover.*
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