Commercial truck drivers are strongly discouraged from traveling on Illinois roads while experiencing symptoms of fatigue. The symptoms of fatigue include frequent yawning, drooping eyelids and an inability to keep a vehicle in the proper lane. Let’s take a closer look at some of the specific dangers of driving while tired.
It’s harder to process information in a timely manner
A driver may see the sign that says he or she is about to enter a construction zone. However, when a person is tired, that individual may fail to comprehend that construction zones often feature narrow lanes, reduced speed limits and traffic pattern changes. A driver who is not alert may be at a higher risk of a crash. Furthermore, entering a construction zone may mean driving in close proximity to workers who could be seriously hurt in a collision.
Tired drivers might actually fall asleep while behind the wheel
A fatigued motorist could experience something called microsleep, and a microsleep can last for up to 15 seconds during which that person loses control of his or her vehicle. During that time, a motorist isn’t able to slow down, stop or take other actions to avoid an accident. It’s important to note that there are benefits to slowing down even if a collision cannot be avoided. In some cases, a reduction in speed just prior to impact can significantly reduce the risk of a motor vehicle accident fatality.
If you are hurt in an accident caused by a tired truck driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Driver statements, witness statements and other evidence may be used to bolster your claim that the crash was caused by an irresponsible motorist.