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Possible causes and risk factors of driver fatigue

On Behalf of | Aug 2, 2023 | Car Accidents

While most drivers may feel that issues with fatigue are most prevalent among those who do not get adequate rest, this might not be the case in every situation. There are various types of factors that could cause drivers in Illinois to be more susceptible to succumbing to fatigue. Knowing some common causes of driver fatigue and the possible risks involved could prove integral to mitigating car accident risks by helping drivers take steps to stave off similar concerns. 

Causes and risks 

There are numerous factors that could cause a driver to struggle with drowsiness and fatigue. Those who drive for extended periods without taking frequent breaks may be prone to struggling with such issues. Drivers who travel at night may also be more prone to encountering fatigue. There are also certain health conditions and medications that could prompt similar results. 

There may also be various types of risks associated with driving while fatigued. Studies indicate that those who experience fatigue while behind the wheel may exhibit lower response times and may be more prone to becoming distracted. Drowsy drivers may also struggle to maintain proper lane control and may be more prone to making dangerous maneuvers after missing turns and exits. Issues with fatigue could also cause drivers to enter what is called microsleep, and closing one’s eyes for even a second while driving can be exceedingly dangerous. 

Fatigue-related collisions 

Driver fatigue remains a contributing factor in many car accidents and those who encounter a drowsy driver might find it nearly impossible to respond in time to avoid a potential disaster. Individuals in Illinois who suffer severe injuries in a collision involving a drowsy driver may have questions about the next steps to take to seek restitution accordingly and they could choose to consult with an attorney for assistance in preparing for this process. An attorney can advise a client on what to expect and assist in preparing to seek the full amount of compensation entitled via a personal injury claim. 


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