Pennsylvania readers are aware of the dangers of any type of negligent or reckless driving. Distraction, intoxication and speeding are all common reasons for car accidents, and most people are aware of the risk involved with these behaviors. However, you may not be aware of the dangers associated with drowsy driving.

It is likely that you have operated a vehicle while sleepy at some point in your life. However, there is a distinct difference between driving while a little tired and driving while dangerously exhausted. In fact, fatigued driving seriously increases the chance of an accident and makes it difficult for a driver to operate a car safely.

What is so bad about driving while tired?

People often underestimate their level of exhaustion and overestimate their ability to drive and make smart decisions behind the wheel. Some of the ways fatigue can impact you as a driver include the following:

  • Exhaustion makes it more difficult for a person to pay attention while driving.
  • Being tired can decrease a driver’s ability to drive carefully and cautiously.
  • Fatigue slows down a driver’s reaction time, which means you may not be able to brake or steer suddenly in an emergency.

Most people who are too tired to drive safely are unaware of how tired they are and what that could mean for their ability to drive safely. Fatigue can affect anyone, but people who do not get enough sleep for any reason may need to evaluate their ability to drive safely. This includes people on certain medications, those with sleep disorders, people who work night shifts and others.

The rights of accident victims

Fatigued driving is a form of negligent or reckless driving. Like other types of dangerous behavior behind the wheel, drivers are responsible for the choices they make and the negative impact they have on others. It is possible to hold a dangerously tired driver accountable for what you suffered.

If you are a victim of fatigued driving, you are not alone. You may find it beneficial to first seek guidance regarding a potential civil claim against the liable party. Through a complete evaluation of your case, you can better understand the legal options available to you. You do not have to navigate the aftermath of your accident by yourself.