To drive safely, you need to be alert at all times. You know this, and you’re always well-rested before hitting the road.
Can the same be said for other drivers? Studies indicate that just under 100,000 crashes occur each year in the States because of drowsy drivers. What are the warning signs that someone you’re sharing the road with is too tired?
When in close proximity
Traffic is heavy, so you’re able to get a good look at the other road users around you. You’ve pulled up at a stoplight, and you notice some unusual behavior from the driver beside you. They’ve reclined their seat and appear to have shut their eyes for the few moments that traffic has come to a standstill. This is potentially dangerous, as stopped traffic can start to move again quickly.
The driver next to you may not have gone so far as to shut their eyes, but they’re yawning repeatedly, and you’ve noticed this. Maybe they’ve been driving for too many hours now and are in need of a rest break? Perhaps they were out partying the night before and are feeling the effects today? Not only could they be drowsy, but they might also still be under the influence of alcohol, which poses a severe threat to your safety.
What are your options?
Some accidents are unavoidable. However, if you’ve been seriously hurt because someone else was too tired to drive safely, they should be held accountable. You could be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of wages. Reaching out to a knowledgeable support network will help you to obtain the justice that you deserve.