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How can I avoid driver fatigue?

Driving in California can be dangerous even under the best of conditions. The law requires you to remain alert; however, many motorists are too sleepy or fatigued to operate their vehicles safely.

Driver fatigue is when a driver that has either fallen asleep behind the wheel of a moving vehicle or suffers a moment of unconsciousness that results in an accident.

Driver fatigue may be due to a lack of enough sleep, extended work hours, strenuous work or non-work activities, or a combination of other factors. Driving while fatigued can create a serious hazard on the road; it's just as dangerous as drunk driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states:

  • Fatigued driving as a cause of more than 100,000 vehicle accidents every year
  • During a sleep survey, 60 percent of drivers said they had driven while they were tired
  • Approximately 103 million drivers admitted on a poll that they had fallen asleep while driving at least once during the year

If you are a driver taking a long trip, the following might help you stay healthy and well-rested during your trip.

  • Get plenty of sleep before getting behind the wheel - drowsiness may impair your response
  • time to potential hazards, increasing the chances of being in an accident
  • Healthy Diet - skipping meals or eating at irregular times may lead to fatigue, going to bed with an empty stomach or immediately after a heavy meal can interfere with your sleep
  • Take a nap - short naps are more effective at restoring energy levels than coffee - they should last a minimum of 10 minutes and up to 45 minutes
  • Medication - avoid medications that may make you drowsy
  • Drowsiness - symptoms include frequent yawning, heavy eyes and blurred vision
  • Alertness - don't reply on behaviors such as smoking, loud music, coffee or opening the window to keep you alert

If a fatigued driver caused your injuries, you shouldn't have to pay the medical bills and suffer lost wages. It is important to contact a skilled attorney to prove that you were affected by another driver falling asleep behind the wheel.

Contact the San Bernardino and Riverside personal injury attorneys at Peach & Weathers because you deserve compensation and we are here to help you get it.

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