Leading compensation claim law firm, Accident Advice Helpline, has warned drivers of the dangers of being tired at the wheel, and has offered some guidance on what to do if fatigue hits whilst driving.
It is estimated that 20% of road accidents may have driver fatigue as a contributory factor.
Top compensation law firm, Accident Advice Helpline, has issued a warning to motorists about the dangers of driving when tired, and offers some useful guidance on how to manage tiredness during a journey.
Research has shown that driver fatigue may contribute to as much as 20% of all road accidents in the UK, and up to 25% of serious and fatal incidents. It is a widespread problem, and one that many people think will never be serious enough to affect them on their journeys.
A spokesperson from the car accident compensation claim law firm said,
“Many people mistakenly think that they are still ok to drive when they are tired. Some are just lucky to avoid having an accident, but it only takes a split second to fall asleep at the wheel and the aftermath can cause a lifetime of damage. It’s just not worth the risk.”
She went on to say, “one of the most dangerous factors is the speed of such accidents, as the driver is unable to break before an impact or collision. Accidents caused by driver fatigue are more common on motorways and long, straight trunk roads due to the boredom factor this type of driving can induce.”
What should drivers do if they start to feel tired?
The firm has offered some helpful tips to drivers who start to feel tired during their journey:
- Stop as soon as possible for a 15-30 minute break
- If the next service area or rest break is more than a few minutes away, immediately wind down the window to get some fresh air
- Once stopped have a 15-minute nap, but do not sleep any longer than this – set an alarm for 15 minutes
- Drink 1 or 2 cups of coffee
- Get out and have a walk around
Car Accident Compensation Claim
Accident Advice Helpline offers advice and support to anyone thinking of making a car accident compensation claim.
The firm provides a useful accident claim calculator on their website, and offers the services of the best personal injury lawyers in the UK. Call their helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: October 16, 2013
Author: David Brown