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Evaluating the possible hazards of driving while fatigued

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

It might not be uncommon for many drivers to experience bouts of drowsiness while behind the wheel of a vehicle at some point in life. Whether stemming from a long journey on Louisiana roads or simply from a lack of rest, signs of fatigue may leave you searching for a spot to pull over and rest. 

Unfortunately, it might not be feasible to rely on others to do the same, as some drivers may feel they can fight through fatigue and continue toward their destinations. With the influence fatigue can have on your driving capabilities, attempting to push through might not always be a safe decision. 

Driver fatigue 

Studies indicate that there may be various ways to detect fatigue while behind the wheel and numerous steps to take to help combat similar issues. Studies also highlight the hazards of driving while fatigued, some of which include: 

  • Prone to distraction: According to studies, fatigued drivers may struggle to concentrate on the task at hand. Anything that makes you more prone to distraction could prove exceedingly dangerous. 
  • Vital decisions: The ability to make snap judgments while driving is integral, and unfortunately, those who drive while fatigued might not be alert enough to carry out similar tasks. 
  • Impact of coordination: Fatigue can also affect your coordination and motor skills. As these are vital components of safely operating a vehicle, avoiding such issues may be imperative. 
  • Lane control: Once fatigue sets in, you may struggle to maintain proper lane control. Should you spot a driver who is constantly drifting in and out of lanes, taking steps to avoid this party may be essential. 
  • Speed and spacing: Drivers who operate a vehicle while fatigued may also struggle to control the speed of a vehicle or practice proper spacing techniques. 

Even if you understand the risks of driving while fatigued and choose to avoid such behavior, should you cross paths with a driver who does not feel the same, the results could prove cataclysmic. 

Aftermath of a crash 

A major collision involving a fatigued driver could wreak havoc on your life, potentially leaving you with severe or life-altering injuries and facing a long road to recovery. Health concerns stemming from the crash could disrupt your quality of life and ability to perform everyday tasks. The costs of medical care and loss of wages during recovery may also pose a significant threat to your financial well-being and leave you with questions about the next steps to take to protect your interests.