MANSFIELD’S INJURY LAWYER

Long hours, driver fatigue and car accidents

When you start to break down a car accident, it’s often clear what happened. For instance, a driver ran a stop sign. However, when you start to get a bit deeper into it, you can learn a lot more about how many factors contributed and how long that driver was slowly moving toward a car accident.

For instance, maybe the driver has been putting in extra-long hours at the office. They may not even realize how long these are or how detrimental they can be. After all, some have called America the world’s most overworked nation. This is just the norm.

Even so, those long hours start to add up. The person starts going on more and more nights with just four or five hours of sleep. They’re chronically fatigued.

Then, on the way home from one of these marathons at the office, they start to lose focus. They don’t fall asleep behind the wheel, but they’re less alert than they should be. They’re not properly taking in the world around them.

That’s why they don’t see the stop sign at all. And then they run it — not because the road signs were incorrect or even because they don’t understand the rules of the road. They just never saw it because they were too tired.

And that, when you get down to it, is why they hit your car and put you in the hospital.

A lot of factors go into a car accident, but, if you get injured, your concerns are very immediate. Make sure you know what rights you may have to financial compensation.