All of us have been there at one time or another, particularly if we’ve been driving through Nevada and other western states – we have been motoring through sand and empty landscape for what seems like years and there is no end in sight. This is actually a problem that can lead to serious dangers, as people who become fatigued while behind the wheel can be as dangerous as some people who have consumed alcohol. That’s because when we are tired our concentration wanes, our eyesight can become less than dependable and even our judgment can suffer.
There have been many so-called remedies offered to people who tend to drive long distances for their jobs, but in reality none of these so-called ‘fatigue cures’ have stood the test of time for one reason or another. The best remedy for fatigued driving was simply to get off the road and rest for a while so that we could return to the driver’s seat with a fresh set of eyes and a rested and focused mind. Failing to do so often led to serious car accidents that resulted in critical injuries and fatalities.
However, over time there has been one substance that has provided at least a temporary boost to drivers, and it has not only been sold over the counter, but also in just about every retail outlet one could imagine. This substance is known as caffeine, and it’s most commonly found in soft drinks and of course coffee. Many people are wary of using it, however, as it’s something that could lead to a crash later on, but that hasn’t stopped many people from turning to it in a time of need.
Caffeine has been prevalent enough that people have decided to study its possible effects on driving. That’s what happened recently in Australia, where a team of scientists studied groups of long-haul truck drivers. One group had recently been involved in an accident and the other had been accident free for the previous 12 months. After all of the ancillary factors such as age and experience were accounted for, the researchers found that the drivers who had consumed caffeine regularly were 63 percent less likely to be involved in crashes.
While that was met by many people with a degree of surprise, the researchers were careful to point out that caffeine should not be seen as a cure for fatigued driving. Instead, what the researchers wanted to impart in terms of message was that caffeine consumption should be seen as part of a driver’s overall fatigue and health management. In other words, the researchers were careful to avoid recommending that anyone simply grab a coffee if they are tired and to continue driving.
Unfortunately, fatigued driving will continue to be a problem everywhere in the developed world. People who cause crashes because they are tired are just as likely to be found negligent as anyone else who acts in an unreasonable manner. If you or someone you love has been injured because of this form of negligence, contact the Las Vegas accident lawyers at the Sam Harding Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.