According to the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, more than 20% of car accidents across Canada involve fatigued drivers. It puts this in the top three causes of car accidents. However, it could be complicated for injured crash victims to prove the other driver was fatigued at the time of the accident.
Dangers of fatigued or drowsy driving
There are many reasons for being too tired to drive, from interrupted sleep due to a new baby, to working long hours. Whatever the cause, Ontario drivers should not risk their own and others’ lives by driving when they are fatigued. The following are the effects of drowsiness on a person’s ability to drive safely:
- Reaction time: The level of fatigue increases reaction time, which is about 0.2 seconds in alert drivers.
- Loss of Focus: Tired drivers struggle to focus, which impairs their complex thought and reasoning processes.
- Impaired decision-making: Research shows that sleep-deprived drivers are more likely to make impulsive decisions.
- Impaired vision: Inadequate sleep blurs vision, causes light sensitivity and compromises depth perception.
Fatigue can lead to just as much impairment as alcohol consumption. Responsible drivers It’s best to avoid driving when you are tired – and let a more alert friend take the wheel. Drowsy drivers claim too many lives in Ontario, despite fatigued driving being against the law.
While driver drowsiness at the time of an accident may be difficult to prove, an experienced personal injury lawyer can work with you to develop a solid case in proving driver negligence. A successfully presented claim might result in a monetary judgment to cover financial losses and other damages.