Drowsy Driving & Car Accidents

While many people think of drinking and driving, or texting and driving as the most common causes of distracted driving accidents. However, one that is especially relevant in the weeks following Daylight Savings’ Time is driver fatigue. As ICBC points out in this article, driver fatigue decreases reaction time, decreases awareness and impairs judgment. This is especially the case with early morning commutes, which may now be darker than before due to the time change. To combat this, it’s important that if you’re going to be on the road as a driver, you’ve had a good night’s sleep the night before.

If you experience any of the following,  you may be too tired to drive:

  • You don’t notice a vehicle until it suddenly passes you.
  • You don’t recall driving the last few kilometres.
  • You’re yawning or daydreaming.
  • Your driving speed creeps up or down.
  • You find yourself wandering into the next lane.
  • Your eyes feel heavy or you have difficulty keeping your head up.

If you do start to feel drowsy while driving, pull over and take a break. Get some fresh air. Find a safe area and take a nap.

In BC, 17 drivers are killed and 570 injured in crashes with a fatigued driver. If you were injured in an accident involving a fatigued driver, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. John Mickelson Law Corporation can help you acquire financial assistance and medical treatment. Our personal injury lawyers in Vancouver, Surrey and Abbotsford have the experience needed to maximize your personal injury settlement. Call us at (604) 684-0040.

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