Driving while tired is a major cause of serious accidents. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there are about 1,500 deaths and 71,000 injuries caused each year as a direct result of fatigued drivers. Fatigue can cause a driver’s senses to deteriorate to the level of a person under the influence of alcohol. When a person chooses to drive when he or she is unfit to do so, that driver is putting others’ lives in immediate danger.
Overly-tired drivers can cause serious accidents that have tragic results. Signs that a person may be too tired to drive safely include:
- Extreme difficulty staying focused or keeping eyes open.
- Failing to notice stop signs, stop lights, or other traffic signs.
- Inability to stay in the correct lane.
- Accidental tailgating of other vehicles.
It is important to take adequate breaks from driving and to never drive when you feel too tired to do so. If you are too tired to drive, pull over to take a break or switch drivers. Plan out long trips ahead of time and allow yourself plenty of time for rest.
If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligent or careless actions of another driver, you may be able to hold him or her responsible for your losses. To learn more about your legal rights and options, contact the Wisconsin reckless driving accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to discuss your case with a qualified attorney.