You don't have to be on a long trip in order to become fatigued while you are behind the wheel. This can happen to anyone at any time of the day, even during a short trip.
It's easy to believe that you can ignore your fatigue, thus making it to your destination in a safe manner. However, this is not always the case. There are times when fatigue causes an accident that leads to serious injury or even death.
Here are some of the many ways fatigue can impact a driver:
- Impaired vision and reaction time
- Difficulty processing information
- Difficulty with short term memory
- Decreased motivation and performance
- Aggressive behavior
A person doesn't have to fall asleep behind the wheel in order to cause an accident. Even if a driver is drowsy, it could lead to him or her making a poor decision.
Every driver should make it a habit to pull off the road should he or she be too tired to drive. This isn't always the ideal situation, but it's better to be safe than sorry. Remaining on the road greatly increases the chance of an accident.
Even if you think you are alert and paying attention to the road, you can't assume that every other driver feels the same way.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident with a fatigued driver, you should first focus on receiving immediate medical treatment. Once you have your health under control, turn your attention to the cause of your accident and the steps you can take to receive the compensation you deserve.
Source: National Sleep Foundation, "Facts," accessed Aug. 03, 2017