Many different risk factors can lead to an auto collision, such as the use of an intoxicating substance or reckless behavior on the road (speeding, failing to observe common sense driving rules, etc.). Unfortunately, fatigue is yet another concerning cause of crashes and some people do not even recognize that they have become dangerously tired and put lives at risk (including their own life) by driving while drowsy. It is important for drivers to be aware of the different ways in which fatigue can impact a person’s ability to drive.
There are many ways in which fatigue can affect a driver’s performance behind the wheel, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA reviewed data that was obtained from traffic collisions which took place between July 2005 and December 2017 and found a number of performance errors that may occur when a driver is fatigued. For example, fatigue can lead to weaknesses with respect to directional control, overcompensation, and panicking behind the wheel. Moreover, there are other types of performance errors that may occur when a driver is very tired.
Sadly, even more motor vehicle accidents caused by driver fatigue will transpire in the future, leaving victims with serious injuries or even claiming their lives. For those who are struck by a driver who was tired, staying focused on recovering is pivotal and various options, such as filing a lawsuit, may need to be taken into consideration as well. Sadly, these wrecks have resulted in the loss of many lives over the years.