Many road traffic accident cases are upsetting. No-one likes thinking about people getting hurt in an accident. Some road traffic accidents involve driver fatigue and these are especially upsetting because they are so preventable. If only the driver who caused the accident had taken a few simple measures, things could have been very different.
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault and another driver caused that accident because they were fatigued, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Your Accident Advice Helpline personal injury lawyer in Shawlands will try to show that the other driver was at fault for the accident and then negotiate for your compensation. Call us on 0800 689 0500 today.
There is clear guidance in the Highway Code about driver fatigue and drivers should heed this advice if they do not want to become involved in a road traffic accident.
Preventing fatigue-related road traffic accidents
- Ensure that you are awake and alert enough to start the journey. Ensure that you get a good night’s sleep the night before so that you are fully rested. If you are already tired when you start the journey, then driver fatigue is going to be a very real danger for you. This is the time when you should consider alternative modes of transport such as a bus or train, or you should delay your journey until you have had a good sleep.
- The period of time between midnight and 6 am is especially dangerous. This is when your body wants to be asleep because this is your natural sleep pattern. You will be at your least alert and may not react promptly to situations in the road ahead.
- Make sure that you take breaks at least every two hours. Pull into a service station, have a cup of coffee and walk around. Your break should last at least 15 minutes.
- If you start to feel very sleepy then you must pull over, but this must be in a safe place. As soon as you start to feel sleepy, find the next safe area to stop. This is not the hard-shoulder of a motorway, which is for emergencies only.
- Drinking coffee and taking a short nap is the most effective way of beating tiredness on car journeys. However, this is only temporary and the effect will soon wear off.
Ultimately, the only way to really prevent driver fatigue is to not undertake long journeys at night. Yet, some journeys are unavoidable because of emergencies or because the driver is driving as part of their job. If you are driving at night because of an emergency, then it may be safer to take a bus or a train. If you are driving as part of your job, then your employer has a duty to make sure that you do not suffer from driver fatigue.
Date Published: 12th October 2013
Author: David Brown