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Fatigued driving: More causes than just lack of sleep

On Behalf of | Sep 1, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Drivers have a duty to themselves and others on the roads to ensure that they’re operating their vehicles in a safe manner. This is virtually impossible to do if they are fatigued. While it’s true that lack of sleep can contribute to fatigue, there are many other causes of drowsy driving that all drivers must be aware of. 

People who work during the night are more prone to fatigue when they drive even if they get enough hours of sleep. This is because the body’s natural inclination is to sleep during the nighttime hours, so becoming sleepy during this time is normal. Add in the hypnotizing effect of the highway at night and the problem can become even more pronounced.

Another issue that sometimes comes up for drivers is the use of medications. Many over-the-counter and prescription drugs can make people drowsy. It’s never a good idea to try to drive when taking medication unless the person already knows how those meds will affect them. In some cases, the underlying medical condition that requires medications can also contribute to fatigue. 

Anyone who’s the victim of a fatigued driving crash should ensure they get the medical care they need. The expense for this, as well as others related to the wreck, can be included in a claim for compensation. This is a civil lawsuit that’s filed against the negligent driver and any other liable parties. There are strict time limits for getting the case filed in North Carolina, so be sure you get the process started as soon as you’re able after the crash.