Driver fatigue has been identified as a factor in thousands of road accidents each year, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. Drivers know when they are tired, but many continue on their journeys in the mistaken belief that they are still fit to drive. Research by the Department for Transport shows that in up to a quarter of serious road accidents, driver fatigue could have contributed to the incident.
According to a Road Safety Research Report by the Department for Transport, in up to 25% of fatal and serious accidents driver fatigue could have been a contributory factor. How many drivers feel sleepy at the wheel, but either wind down the window or put on the radio in order to keep themselves alert? The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents warns that driver fatigue results in thousands of road accidents each year, and that taking a break when driver fatigue hits is crucial in preventing a serious incident.
The problems caused by sleepiness whilst driving include:
- Reduced alertness to potential road problems ahead
- Lack of concentration
- Impaired processing of information regarding other drivers’ behaviour
- Diminished quality of decision-making
All-in-all this adds up to a serious risk of causing an accident, and on long, monotonous roads such as motorways, the risk is increased further.
A company that has an insight into the devastation such accidents can cause is leading personal injury claim advice provider, the Accident Advice Helpline. A spokesperson from the firm suggested that drivers should heed the warnings about driver fatigue that are seen on the motorways, and take a break at the next service area.
Speaking on behalf of the company, the spokesperson said,
“There are many incidences of driver fatigue causing multiple pile-ups and loss of life, when all that was needed was a 20 minute nap in the car and a good strong cup of coffee. Taking a short time away from concentrating on the roads is usually enough to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safely.”
Accident Advice Helpline provides personal injury claim advice to anyone thinking of making a non-fault accident claim. They can provide a recommendation for the best personal injury solicitors and their free phone helpline number is 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: September 22, 2013
Author: David Brown