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The connection between long-distance driving and road accidents

On Behalf of | Mar 26, 2024 | Auto Accidents

Many people underestimate the potential risks to safety of long-distance driving. In many cases, drivers do not recognize the signs of lack of focus or drowsiness for driving too long until it is too late.

Here are some circumstances associating long-distance driving to motor vehicle accidents:

Driver fatigue

One of the most common risks associated with long-distance driving is driver fatigue. The longer a person drives without taking breaks, the more tired they become, which can lead to slower reaction times, impaired judgment and in severe cases, falling asleep at the wheel.

Nighttime driving

Long-distance trips may involve driving at night, which poses its own set of challenges, such as reduced visibility, the glare of oncoming headlights and a higher likelihood of encountering drivers who are fatigued or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This usually happens to drivers who skip rest stops to reduce the travel time.

Infrequent or skipping rest stops

Related to the point above, drivers who do not take regular rest stops may not have the opportunity to stretch, eat, hydrate or use the restroom, which can all affect concentration and physical well-being while on the road.

Increased exposure to hazards

The more time a person spends on the road, the higher their exposure to potential hazards. This includes the possibility of encountering reckless drivers, wildlife crossing the road or changing road conditions.

Practicing proactiveness and reactiveness

No matter how far a destination is, it is important for drivers to take regular breaks to rest and rejuvenate. Planning the route in advance and preparing for potential emergencies can also help ensure a safer trip. If a driver feels too tired to drive safely, it is best to stop and rest until they feel alert and refreshed.

If, unfortunately, you were injured in a car accident due to another driver’s fault caused by long-distance driving, it is advisable to seek guidance from an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney to ensure you are protecting your rights against insurance companies in bad faith and other possible legal roadblocks.