Studies indicate that driving while drowsy may be very similar to driving while intoxicated. Much like when someone is intoxicated, when someone is fatigued, they are likely to have reduced reaction times, limited ability to pay attention to the road and decreased awareness of their surroundings. This may cause an Arkansas driver to fail to take evasive action to avoid an accident.
Studies also show that someone who has been awake for 24 hours has the same level of cognitive reduction as a person with a blood alcohol concentration of .10 percent, which is above the legal limit for intoxication. The issue of fatigue is normally associated with truck drivers, but it is actually something that can affect all motorists. Truck accidents just tend to be more damaging and draw more attention.
However, new technology may help to reduce the issue of driving while fatigued. Many companies that have truck fleets have started using forward collision warning systems, which alert drivers of potential dangers. When a vehicle is in danger of an accident, sounds or flashing lights will alert the driver, and some of these systems will even brake to avoid a crash.
Although there are a variety of causes for a wreck, most car accidents have the same general outcome. People will have to deal with the cost of vehicle repairs, car rentals and medical bills if they were injured. If the accident was caused by a driver who has sleep-deprived or otherwise negligent, a personal injury attorney may be of assistance to an injured victim in seeking damages from the responsible party for the losses that have been incurred.