When a person gets behind the wheel of a car and heads out on the road, that person is entering into an agreement with every other driver. That agreement is a pact that every driver will practice safe, defensive driving maneuvers and stay aware to avoid a motor vehicle accident and prevent injuring others. Unfortunately, not everyone upholds their end of this agreement, even if the failure is only by accident.
Depending on your circumstances, you may spend a lot of time on the road or a little time on the road, but if you have ever been on a lengthy road trip, you probably know how a long stretch of driving can affect your mental focus. Staying alert and aware for hours can begin to drain your energy level, and you may find yourself suffering from fatigue. Once this fatigue sets in, it can become difficult to focus on the road in the way that you should.
Many different circumstances might cause an accident, but driver fatigue is one of the most tragic. This is mainly because fatigued drivers are often drivers that practice extremely safe behaviors on any other day, and they do not regularly engage in reckless or negligent behavior. Through one unfortunate circumstance or another, fatigued drivers have often simply been forced to drive longer than they are used to, and in a moment of weakness, they close their eyes and fail to see another vehicle.
As a victim of a car accident, as unfortunate as the situation may be, falling asleep at the wheel and driving while fatigued is still usually considered negligent behavior, and you could likely hold the fatigued driver liable for any injuries that you suffer. If you live in Tennessee, and you have been injured in a car accident by a fatigued driver, visit our web page to learn how we can help you recover compensation for your injuries.