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The true impact of driver fatigue

Illinois residents who hit the road may find themselves having to share with others who are not in the best state of mind or body. For example, fatigued or drowsy driving is an increasingly prevalent issue amongst drivers.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that fatigue is a condition that affects the body and mind. A fatigued driver can nod off while driving or be unable to operate their vehicle safely and efficiently enough to avoid dangerous situations. For example, they may be unable to brake if a car in front of them stops suddenly. Additionally, the mind becomes more easily distracted when tired. It is hard to focus on the road when your attention gets drawn away so easily.

Meanwhile, the National Safety Council clearly places fatigued driving under the umbrella of impaired driving. They even say that it has the potential to be just as – or even more – dangerous than more typically acknowledged impaired driving behaviors, such as driving while under the influence or distracted driving. This is because drowsy driving has a similar impact on an individual. It affects one’s ability to concentrate, multitask, react quickly to unexpected situations, and maintain their calm. In turn, all of these can lead to an increased chance of a wreck.

Unfortunately, it can be hard to spot fatigued drivers before it is too late to avoid them. Those who have been involved in crashes with fatigued drivers may want to contact an attorney to learn more about their possible compensation options.


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