Driver fatigue can cause a motorist to become drowsy, daydream or even fall asleep while operating his or her motor vehicle. Late night drives, long road trips, and early morning commutes are the environments in which driver fatigue is most common. This is an extremely risky behavior and those who are involved in an accident with a drowsy driver may experience serious, even fatal, consequences.
A recent study conducted by the Adelaide Centre for Sleep Research proved that drivers who had been awake for 24 hours or more had an equivalent driving performance as those with an illegal blood alcohol level content (BAC) of .1. In addition, these drivers were seven times more likely to experience an accident than the average motorist.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident with or injured by a fatigued driver, contact the Waukesha personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® by calling (800) 242-2874.
There are certain behaviors you may be able to detect on the road in order to avoid having an accident with a drowsy driver:
If you notice a car acting in the following ways, pull over and notify the police. Keep your distance from the driver in question and do not attempt to pull beside the car to check on the driver. Allow law enforcement to do their job and handle the situation for you.
If you happen to be involved in an accident with a drowsy driver, make sure you notify emergency services, your car insurance agent and an experienced attorney to help fight for your case in a court of law.