Nearly everyone is guilty of having driven when they were overly tired. At one point or another, almost all of us have gotten behind the wheel after a long day (or night) at work, or we’ve pushed driving on a road trip a little longer than we should have, or we’ve simply driven on too little sleep. What many people don’t realize is that driving while extremely fatigued can be as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The Orlando personal injury lawyers here at Auto Justice Attorney have talked with people who were involved in a Florida car crash because they did not realize the extent of their fatigue. They often tell us they didn’t even realize that they had fallen asleep, and suddenly they opened their eyes as they were crashing into an object—or another car. Don’t let this happen to you.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of fatigue while driving:
- Driving over the center line
- Excessive yawning
- Slow reactions
- Stiffness from sitting too long
- Daydreaming and not remembering the last few minutes
All of these are signs that you are too fatigued to be behind the wheel. Each of these signs points to an inability to react quickly, should you encounter a road hazard or another driver swerving into your path—and that makes you a danger behind the wheel. Having slow reaction times can increase your chances of being involved in a car crash, and it’s not worth taking the risk.
Knowledge Equals Power in Orlando Auto Accident Cases
If you’ve been involved in an Orlando auto accident caused by a fatigued driver, we can help. Call us at 407-422-4529 for assistance with your claim.