California residents share the road with plenty of other people. Unfortunately, with a higher number of drivers on the road, there is also a higher chance of you running into problematic drivers or drivers who are not engaging in safe behaviors. We at Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke, Sherwin & Lee, LLP, are here to discuss the dangers of driver fatigue and its potential impact on you.
Drowsy driving occurs when a driver gets behind the wheel even though they are exhausted. Fatigue is a condition that affects someone mentally, physically, and emotionally. Drivers who are fatigued are more prone to getting irritated and having fits of road rage. Their ability to react to surprise situations is dampened, making their reflexes slower. They might be too slow to avoid the possibility of a crash.
In some cases, a driver may even fall asleep behind the wheel. They can end up speeding, swerving into other lanes, or swerving off the road entirely. This can easily lead to crashes with other drivers who aren’t expecting the sudden erratic actions of a driver who is fatigued or even asleep. In worst case scenarios, it is possible for multiple vehicles to become involved.
If you have suffered an injury in a crash with a driver who was fatigued, consider taking a look at our web page on personal injury incidents, linked here. You can look into compensation options that can help you during the recovery process as you work to get back on your feet financially, emotionally, and physically.