Around 20-30% of fatal car accidents involve driver fatigue. Driver fatigue is most commonly experienced when the driver is sleep-deprived or during hours of normal sleep. Risk is further increased if the driver has taken medication or is alone.
Fatigue can impair performance and judgement, reduce attention and cause slower reaction times.
Fatigue can occur long before your fall asleep at the wheel.
A microsleep is a short episode of sleep that can last anywhere from 1 to 30 seconds. They occur during times of sleepiness, generally without warning. Microsleeps are often combined with repetitive monotonous tasks such as driving or watching TV. Microsleeps can be particularly dangerous because your car’s stopping distance increases significantly due to the dramatic increase in your reaction times caused by fatigue. Drivers with microsleep are prone to sway out of their lane, especially when the road curves.
If you have been injured in a car accident you may be entitled to compensation. Call GC Law on 1300 302 318 for your free consultation.