When you consider the main reasons why car accidents happen, you may think of issues such as distracted driving, drunk driving or speeding. You may even think of hazards such as wet roads, dangerous road conditions and other factors beyond your control that can make it difficult to drive safely. One thing you may not consider is drowsy driving.
Many people do not realize the serious dangers posed by drowsy drivers. When a person is overly tired, he or she is less able to safely navigate the road and avoid an accident. Contrary to what you may think, one of the most dangerous hazards you may face while driving is sharing the road with a fatigued driver.
What's so risky about being a little tired?
Drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of accidents in the United States. Like drunk drivers or distracted drivers, fatigued drivers often display behaviors like swerving, drifting from lane to lane, driving at erratic speeds or failing to stop at intersections.
Most drivers have probably had to commute when they were a little tired or have driven home after a long day at work while they were sleepy. There is a distinct difference between being a little sleepy and being too fatigued to safely drive. Drowsiness can cause the following issues:
- Drowsiness can slow a driver's reaction time and make it less likely that he or she will react appropriately to a hazard up ahead.
- Fatigue can make it more likely that a driver will have difficulty focusing his or her mind on driving-related tasks.
- A tired driver will be less likely to make smart decisions while behind the wheel.
People who work night shifts, have certain medical conditions, drive for long hours for work, take specific types of medication and who do not get enough sleep on a regular basis are more prone to drowsy driving.
What victims can do
Victims of accidents caused by drowsy drivers may not be fully aware of how fatigue played a role in what happened to them. If you are suffering from the implications of a serious accident, it may be beneficial to seek an evaluation of your case in order to determine if you have grounds to move forward with a civil claim.
Connecticut law allows victims of accidents to seek recompense through a civil claim. You may want to seek an understanding of the damages available to you and how you can seek the full and fair amount you deserve.