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How dangerous is driver fatigue?

Texas drivers like you have plenty of hurdles to handle any time you hit the road. While driving under the influence or texting and driving typically hold the public’s attention more often, there are plenty of other dangers as well, such as driver fatigue.

The Transport Accident Commission takes a look at the impact of drowsy driving, i.e. when a driver gets behind the wheel despite being exhausted or fatigued at the time. Sometimes this can be brought on by external factors such as taking medications that make you sleepy. Other times, it may simply be the result of driving too long without a break, or not getting enough rest before getting in the vehicle.

Though driver fatigue doesn’t get as much press coverage as some other forms of dangerous driving, that doesn’t make it any less of a risk. In fact, drivers who operate vehicles while exhausted actually tend to have results that closely match the results found in drivers who are under the influence. Their actions can be erratic. Their reaction time is delayed significantly. They may be irritable and prone to road rage, often making poor decisions out of anger and an unclear mind. They may even nod off while behind the wheel, which can be deadly even if it only lasts a few seconds.

If you have been injured in a crash with a driver who was fatigued at the time, you may want to contact an experienced attorney. They can help you get compensation for the damages you have suffered.