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Fatigued, drowsy driving is something that can cause near-misses and lead to dangerous collisions on the roadways. A driver who is tired can’t focus on driving completely, and this can mean that he eventually falls asleep and collides with slowing or stopped traffic, drives off the road or leaves his lane.
One survey taken in Ontario in 2007 showed that 14.5 percent of people who responded to the survey had fallen asleep behind the wheel at least once in the last year. Out of 5.5 million trips taken that year, 573,441 required evasive measures being taken to avoid a crash. Four percent of those who fell asleep did end up causing an accident.
Who’s most likely to drive when fatigued? Males between the ages of 16 and 24 are more likely to drive when tired.This is perhaps because many typically work odd shifts at work, which makes it difficult to sleep at normal times. For instance, someone who works from 3 a.m. until 12 noon would potentially find it hard to sleep on a regular schedule.
When a person drives when they are fatigued, he or she might not be able to stop in time to avoid crashes, move out of the way of debris in the road or avoid obstacles. For other drivers, that means a vehicle could collide with them from the side or hit them from behind. If you’re hit by a driver who isn’t awake behind the wheel or who wasn’t paying attention because of being tired, your lawyer can give you more information on your rights.
Source: Brain on Board, “Fatigued and Drowsy Driving,” accessed June 17, 2016
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