If driver fatigue was responsible for an Oakdale car accident in which you were involved and injured, providing the fatigue affected the other driver and you yourself were blameless, you will be entitled to launch a claim for compensation.
Fatigue is a significant cause of RTAs
In terms of causes of road traffic accidents, driver fatigue accounts for as many fatalities as drunken driving. In other words, it is a significant cause of accidents and injuries. According to statistics contained within the Brake Green Flag Report on Safe Driving (2000), 35% of long-distance drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel, and were therefore at some point in time not in control of the vehicle they were driving. A later report in 2001 also estimated that 64% of young drivers under the age of 25 are likely to suffer from fatigue behind the wheel.
Fatigue-related accident statistics
Loughborough University have also conducted some research into the subject of RTAs caused through driver fatigue, and their findings were as follows:
- RTAs caused by fatigue were more likely to be fatal than to cause serious injury;
- 77% of fatal RTAs in which fatigue was a significant factor happened on country roads, and 23% of fatal RTAs happened on urban roads;
- The majority of fatigue-related RTAs occurred when the driver was on a long trip and travelling on roads with high speed limits;
- Nearly 50% of all fatigue-related RTAs happened at the weekend;
- Approximately 54% of all fatigue-related RTAs happened between the hours of 6 am 6 pm;
- Nearly 80% of all fatigue-related RTAs involved a single vehicle; and
- Almost 60% of all fatigue-related RTAs happened within two hours of the commencement of the journey.
Tips to help you avoid fatigue
The golden rule when driving on a long journey is to take regular short refreshment breaks. It’s also a good idea to keep your vehicle’s windows slightly open to allow the circulation of fresh air, and to turn the radio or CD player off to eliminate the possibility of being lulled-off to sleep. If you carry a flask of coffee with you to help you stay awake, make sure that you stop at a lay-by or motorway services station before you open the flask to take a drink – never try to pour and drink while driving.
Use Accident Advice Helpline to launch your Oakdale car accident injury claim
If you’re the victim of an injury following an Oakdale car accident in which another driver caused the accident through fatigue, you can employ the no-win, no-fee* services of Accident Advice Helpline as recommended by Esther Rantzen to launch your claim for compensation. Why not start out by using the 30-second online compensation calculator that can be found on our website. You’ll see in seconds if you can claim for your Oakdale car accident.
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