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Scenarios in which drivers might be more susceptible to fatigue

You have probably had days where you wish for a few more minutes or even hours of sleep, as starting out the day feeling tired or fatigued can be stressful. When it comes to operating a motor vehicle, fatigue can also be dangerous, and a lack of sleep could leave you facing an unfortunate situation.

You may be fully aware of the dangers of drowsy driving and thus take every precaution to keep yourself feeling alert and refreshed while out on Missouri roads. However, you cannot force others to share your enthusiasm for safety, and spotting a drowsy driver in time to avoid a collision could prove challenging.

Remaining alert and aware while driving

Driver fatigue is a major concern, and those who operate a vehicle while drowsy exhibit many of the same behaviors as distracted or impaired drivers. Some of the scenarios that might cause you to be more susceptible to fatigue while driving may include:

  • Lack of sleep: A general lack of sleep is one of the most common causes of driver fatigue. If you are not able to get enough sleep, it might be advisable to avoid operating a motor vehicle.
  • Late-night trips: Night-time driving can make staying awake substantially more difficult, and if you must drive at night, taking frequent breaks could be vital to remaining alert and staying safe.
  • Long trips: Drivers who spend long hours on the road are inherently more susceptible to driver fatigue. When taking long trips with others, it might be in your best interest to take turns behind the wheel.
  • No rest stops: While you might be in a hurry to reach your destination, making frequent stops to rest could also be essential to preventing or fighting off fatigue.
  • Sleep apnea: If you suffer from sleep apnea, you are not getting the quality rest your body needs. Treating sleep apnea is essential for your health - and safety on the road. 

Although it might seem as though turning up the radio or rolling down the windows might help combat your fatigue, similar decisions may only make matters worse, and stopping to rest is typically a more favorable option.

Actions of others

If another party's negligent behavior causes you to suffer serious injuries in a collision, you might be wondering about the next steps to take to pursue restitution. Although the process can be intimidating and complex, you don't have to go through it alone, and seeking advice from someone with experience in the area could be in your best interests. By obtaining guidance, you could find yourself in a better position to pursue the restitution you deserve through a personal injury claim against the party deemed responsible.

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