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Don't snooze on seeking compensation after a drowsy-driver crash

You undoubtedly know that without the proper amount of sleep, completing necessary tasks becomes much more difficult. Though you may have the ability to trudge through your workday while feeling groggy, you should leave certain tasks until you feel more awake and fully ready to perform the necessary actions with the proper attention. For instance, you certainly know that you should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle while feeling sleepy.

Though you may take the time to catch a quick nap or get someone else to drive before heading to your destination, other people may not take such precautions. Indeed, they may even ignore signs that point toward drowsy driving.

Common signs

Though ignoring a yawn here and there may not prove detrimental, numerous warning signs do exist that could be a driver's body telling him or her to pull over and get some rest. Some of those signs include:

  • Heavy eyelids - That feeling of barely keeping your eyes open commonly points to the need for sleep. However, a driver may ignore this issue even when he or she has a hard time focusing on the road.
  • Attention problems - When drivers feel tired, their brains often have a more difficult time staying focused. As a result, wandering thoughts or daydreams could indicate that a person is too tired to drive.
  • Repeated yawns - As mentioned, the occasional yawn can happen to anyone, but if the driver frequently yawns and has to rub his or her eyes or give a shake of the head to feel more awake, the risk for falling asleep behind the wheel may have already increased.
  • Driving mistakes - The previously listed signs could all contribute to a driver committing mistakes on the road. He or she may drift out of the correct lane, drive too quickly or too slowly, or get too close to other vehicles.

Though some drivers may have the ability to notice their mistakes or drifting thoughts before an accident occurs, a crash could easily take place at a moment's notice. Unfortunately, many individuals cannot correct their errors before causing a serious collision.

Repercussions

If a driver did not heed the warning signs of drowsy driving and caused an accident that resulted in your suffering serious injuries, you may want to explore your options for pursuing compensation. A personal injury claim could allow you to take legal steps to gain recompense for injuries, pain and suffering, medical bills, and other damages. Enlisting the assistance of an experienced South Carolina attorney could allow you to strengthen your case.

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