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How to spot driver fatigue in a car crash incident

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 7,000 people have been killed over the last decade due to driver fatigue car crashes. Drivers who fall asleep at the wheel put their own lives in danger as well as other road users.

Crashes caused by falling asleep while driving usually happens between the hours of 12am and 6am but it can happen at other times of the day when the driver is exhausted. The few seconds of temptation to rest your eyes can be a costly mistake.

In most cases, driver fatigue will result in only the driver being involved in an accident and not involve any other drivers and pedestrians. However, in the unfortunate event you’ve been involved in accident with a driver who fell asleep at the wheel, you need to know what to look out for.

Afterall, the driver who caused the accident should not be driving if they’re exhausted.

5 ways you can tell you’re dealing with fatigued driver

Unlike drink driving where a breathalyzer can determine if someone has been drinking over the limit, there is no machine that can tell if a person has been asleep while driving. However, there are obvious mannerisms you can see that will strongly suggest you’re dealing with an exhausted driver.

1. Struggling to focus

When you’re fatigued, it’s hard to keep focused, so when you’re talking to a driver who can’t stay focused, they could be struggling with lack of sleep.

2. Inability to keep eyes open

An obvious sign that you’re dealing with a fatigued driver.

3. Slurred speech

Slurred speech can be a suggestion you’re dealing with a driver who has been driving under influence or is significantly exhausted.

4. Forgetfulness

Forgetting what questions you’ve asked them or acting like they’re not entirely where they are or what happened, is a common sign of a driver who is severely exhausted and should not be driving on the road.

5. Drifting

Before the accident takes place, you can usually tell you’re dealing with a drowsy driver by how they drive. If they’re unable to drive in a straight line or continually drift, then it’s possible they’re drifting off.


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Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.