Driving While Fatigued
According to statistics, about 100,000 police-reported crashes, 71,000 injuries, and 1,500 deaths are caused each year by motorists driving while fatigued. In addition, these accidents cause an estimated $12.5 million in property damage and other financial losses. Before you get behind the wheel, it is important to evaluate your physical and mental condition to be sure that you are fit to drive in order to keep everyone safe on the road. If you feel too tired to drive, take a break, spend the night where you are, or have another driver take over the wheel.
Signs of Driver Fatigue
It is important to be aware of the signs of overt drowsiness when driving. Some warning signs of fatigue include:
- Difficulty focusing or keeping eyes open
- Moving out of your driving lane into the opposing lane or onto the shoulder
- Running traffic lights, stop signs, or failing to notice traffic warnings
- Inability to remember the last few miles
- Repeated yawning
- Accidentally tailgating other vehicles
If you experience any of these symptoms or actions, it is important to find a safe place to pull over and take a break from driving.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of a fatigued driver, the Rhinelander car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help. Contact our offices today at 800-242-2874 to discuss your case with an experienced attorney.