Drowsiness and Fatigue
Driver fatigue is one of the most frequent and dangerous hazards on the roadways. It is a menace to anyone driving on the roads of Orlando and otherwise interacting with the offending operator. Recognition of operator fatigue and steps to prevent driver fatigue are knowing:
1. The causes
2. Environmental and cognitive consequences
3. Operation risks
4. Prevention and control
Fatigue can easily occur during long drives, especially when drivers do not rest properly or take proper breaks along the way to help assist in staying alert. Changing or disruptive work plans and programs can also add to making motorists weary. Certain medical situations such as sleep apnea can make some people more sensitive to driver fatigue as well.
A lack of adequate sleep or exhaustion can decrease sharpness and attention. Drivers will be less equipped to identify approaching dangers. Response times are reduced, as well as the decision-making process. All of these can lead to collisions.
The Dangers Of Driver Fatigue
Driver fatigue can be more dangerous than a sense of simply being tired. It regularly creates drowsiness, and it will cause short sleep events, often while driving. It is estimated that approximately 1 in every 20 Orlando drivers has reported falling asleep while operating a motor vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates over seventy thousand crashes a year are caused by fatigued drivers.
The absence of adequate sleep can lead to persistent health problems. Diabetes, heart disease, and being overweight has been linked to improper sleep. Individuals who lack proper sleep typically eat foods that are higher in sugar levels than those who are adequately rested. Poor sleep is also connected to depression and anxiety.
Operating cautiously requires that drivers are clear-headed and able to take on the enormous obligation essential to driving. Fatigued drivers are ineffective in this capacity. Swiftly and reliably reacting to the developing risks while driving requires adequate rest. Deficient sleep can be hazardous to all those sharing the road with a tired driver.
Jay Wasserman and the KWB legal team
Over 30 years of representing Orlando in auto accident litigation.
What to Be Aware Of
- A driver who strays or who veers in and out of their lane
- A driver who intermittently changes speed
- A driver who is speeding unreasonably and in an inconsistent manner
- A driver who overcorrects or frequently corrects for continual erratic driving behavior
If a fatigued driver has harmed you, you are probably stressed and in need of help. Do not be in allowance of the insurance company calculating your damages. Insurance companies are profit centers and are not concerned with you receiving the proper compensation that you are warranted. The insurance companies will look to settle your claim for the absolute least amount that they can manage. Car collisions often produce large expenses; these can include property damage, medical costs, and lost wages. Our Orlando car accident lawyers will fight for your rights and help secure the compensation that you deserve.