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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    The fatigue issue: Dangers facing UK drivers


    With workers facing longer days and not necessarily better pay or extra time off it is normal for drivers in the UK to be more tired, especially after a long day at the office. This is a dangerous thing as fatigue can easily cause road traffic accidents.

    How does fatigue cause car crashes?

    Fatigue in basic terms is when you are very tired, worn down and usually both mentally and physically knackered. This will mean reflexes and reactions will be reduced and it will be harder to concentrate on something for a long time.

    What this means for UK drivers is that they are more likely to be involved in a car accident as they will not be able to focus all their attention on the road ahead. Also, they are less likely to be able to miss that pedestrian running across the road or car in front braking harshly as reflex times will most likely be significantly lower.

    What should UK drivers do to help prevent a car accident occurring?

    The most important thing a UK driver or any nationality can do to avoid being involved in a road traffic accident is not to drive tired. If you are feeling particularly tired get someone else to drive or consider public transport or a taxi. The extra money you need to pay that one day is worth it when the alternative could be serious driver injuries from a crash and large loss of earnings from taking time off to recover.

    If you are starting to feel fatigue creep up on you whilst driving, wind the window down and let some cold air in to help stimulate the senses and make you more alert. If this does not work then pull over and have a break. Taking a short break and being a few minutes late could prevent a serious car collision and help you feel more refreshed for the rest of the drive.

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    If you have been involved in a car accident within the last three years that wasn’t you fault you may be able to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in accident claims such as driver injury compensation.

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    Date Published: April 27, 2015

    Author: SM Content

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