How Driver Fatigue Can Harm Brandon Area Residents

December 26, 2013

Car Accidents

tired driverMost drivers around Brandon know how dangerous drunk driving and texting while driving can be. Unfortunately, some drivers fail to realize that driving without enough sleep can be just as dangerous.

Why is Driver Fatigue so Dangerous?

One of the reasons that driver fatigue is so dangerous is that it becomes more difficult to realize how fatigue is affecting your driving ability the more tired you become.

Sleepiness and fatigue can result in dangerous driving behaviors such as:

  • Decreased vigilance and attention span
  • Impaired vision, judgment and reaction time
  • Impaired short-term memory and thinking

Other common causes of driver fatigue include strenuous activities, long work hours and long periods of continued driving.

Most fatigued drivers don’t realize just how tired they are until they’re already behind the wheel. Be sure to take some time to rest if you suspect that you have not had enough sleep.

Understanding the Connection between Truck Driver Fatigue and Brandon Truck Accidents

Truck driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of truck accidents, often leading to severe injuries and fatalities that easily could have been prevented if a truck driver had simply had enough rest.

While there are federal regulations that limit how much time truck drivers can spend behind the wheel, the pressure that many drivers are under to reach their destinations on time leads some people to spend an unsafe amount of time on the road.

Driver Fatigue Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver fatigue is directly responsible for some 100,000 car accidents per year in the United States.
  • A poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation showed that about 60% of drivers have driven while feeling sleepy at least once a year.
  • In the same survey, 37% admitted to falling asleep at the wheel once during the year with 13% admitting to falling asleep while driving at least once a month.

Have you been injured in a Brandon car accident? Our injury law team may be able to help.

If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident involving truck driver fatigue, it may time to speak with a car accident lawyer who serves Brandon. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-753-5203 for a free case evaluation and initial consultation.