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3 things to know about fatigued driving

On Behalf of | Jan 25, 2023 | Distracted Driving

Drivers must be well rested to be able to drive safely. It’s recommended that adults get at least seven hours of sleep each night. However, the number of hours a person sleeps at night won’t matter if they aren’t getting quality sleep.

A fatigued driver doesn’t have the swift reaction time that can be needed to remain safe. There aren’t any quick fixes for driver fatigue. The only way you can stop fatigue is to get the proper sleep.

Circadian rhythm affects driver fatigue

The body’s natural sleep cycle can have an impact on fatigue. People who are on the road at night or working overnight shifts might have more issues with feeling tired when they’re driving. Having a set sleep schedule may help reduce the chance of fatigue.

Many factors impact fatigue

Driver fatigue isn’t always due to lack of sleep. Instead, fatigue can be caused by medical conditions or medications. Driving long periods of time or on familiar roads can also lead to fatigue.

Microsleeps are dangerous

Even short microsleeps that last around five seconds can be deadly. If you’re traveling 55 miles per hour, your vehicle will go the length of a football field during a 5-second microsleep. That’s a considerable distance to travel without watching the road.

Anyone injured by a fatigued driver should ensure that they get medical care right away. You have a right to seek compensation for the expenses and damages caused by the at-fault driver. Ohio law limits how long you have to get your claim started, so don’t wait too long to seek legal guidance.