Some causes of car accidents receive a lot of press. Topics like drinking and driving and using cellphones while driving are often discussed in news reports and articles. One cause of car accidents that does not receive as much media coverage is fatigue, which can truly be devastating when placed behind the wheel of a car. In the event you have been in car accident caused by another driver’s failure to stay awake, a Marietta car accident attorney at the Law Offices of Roger Ghai, P.C. can navigate the complexities of your claim to help you recover the compensation that you are entitled to.
Fatigue Reportedly Lead To Fatal Crash
Just recently, an Atlanta man died from injuries he sustained in a car accident west of I-75 in Cobb County. According to a report, the accident took place around 8:30 a.m. when the SUV driven by the Atlanta man collided with a flatbed truck. This first collision caused the flat-bed truck to crash into another SUV. Though the accident is still under investigation, law enforcement officials believe that “sleepiness or drowsiness while driving due to a recent work shift” could have caused the accident.
Unfortunately, tired drivers cause fatal accidents more than many people believe. For additional statistics on “drowsy-driving” please read an earlier blog post on the topic.
Signals That You Are Too Tired To Drive
Many people deny that they are too tired to drive and believe that they can keep their mind sharp and focused enough to make it to their destination. This self-denial is dangerous. Signs of being too tired to drive can be difficult to recognize for many drivers. To help spot the signs, the National Sleep Foundation advises drivers to watch for:
- Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking, or heavy eyelids;
- Daydreaming or wandering/disconnected thoughts;
- Trouble remembering the last few miles driven; missing exits or traffic signs;
- Yawning repeatedly or rubbing your eyes;
- Trouble keeping your head up;
- Drifting from your lane, tailgating, or hitting a shoulder rumble strip; and
- Feeling restless and irritable.
How To Spot A Tired Driver
Because drivers who are tired are unpredictable, it can be difficult to protect yourself from these drivers on while you on the road. Signs that another driver may be too tired to drive are similar to those of a drunk driver and include drifting, driving into oncoming traffic, driving under the speed limit, and not stopping at red lights and stop signs. If you see a driver displaying any one of these driving behaviors, it is important to alert law enforcement authorities so they can investigate. Finally, if you involved in an accident, in the immediate aftermath, pay attention to the other driver’s behavior and make a note if you believe the driver’s sleepiness may have contributed to the accident.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
If you have were involved in a car accident and believe the other driver may have been falling asleep at the wheel, your case can benefit from a prominent Marietta car accident attorney. It can be difficult to prove to an insurance company that another driver’s drowsiness caused your accident, but attorney Roger Ghai understands your situation. Having an experienced attorney on your side can increase your chances for recovery. Contact the Law Offices of Roger Ghai, P.C. today at 770-792-1000 to start the process of recovering compensation for your injuries.