Early Friday morning, a driver lost control of his vehicle and slammed
through the bay doors of a Philadelphia firehouse. The vehicle plowed
through the building and pushed a new medic unit six to eight feet back.
No firefighters were injured and the driver only suffered minor injuries.
The crash happened shortly after 2:00 a.m., causing police officers to
believe the driver of the vehicle fell asleep at the wheel.
Driver fatigue is a common cause of car accidents that can cause minor
to catastrophic injury. When a driver is tired, they may experience slowed
reaction time, suffer from impaired vison, and struggle with staying awake
and attentive. It is crucial to make sure you are alert when you drive,
always following important safety tips and guidelines.
Tips to Avoid Driver Fatigue
Drivers are advised to avoid driving into the late hours of the night if
at all possible. If you do plan on driving late at night, make sure you
get a decent seven to eight hours of sleep the night before. Before you
begin driving, make sure you adjust your seat and mirrors so you remain
alert and focused. Avoid getting too comfortable and try to keep the temperature
in the vehicle cooler than usual to minimize drowsiness.
When driving long distances, be sure to take breaks every two hours or
so. Go to a rest stop, restaurant, or gas station to walk around, stretch,
or sit down for a light meal. Avoid eating any heavy meals, as this may
increase fatigue. If you start to feel tired while driving, don’t
try to fight it. Your body is trying to tell you that you need rest. The
best thing to do is to pull over and give yourself adequate sleep before
continuing the drive, especially if you want to avoid getting into a serious
car accident or collision.
If you have been injured in a car accident from driver negligence,
get in touch
with a Philadelphia car accident attorney
from the Law Offices of Tomas J. Murphy Jr. for helpful legal counsel.