Driving while drowsy can result in impaired judgment and delayed reactions, just like drunk driving. In a worst-case scenario, a motorist will actually fall asleep behind the wheel. Unfortunately, a dozing off behind the wheel is far too common, with more than one-third of adult drivers admitting that they have done so.
Drowsy drivers present a significant risk on roadways, endangering themselves, passengers and others. When a collision occurs involving a fatigued motorist, victims need to understand their legal rights. If you were hurt or a loved one was killed, call Steinger, Iscoe & Greene as soon as possible after the collision. Our attorneys can help you pursue compensation for your losses.
Drowsy Driving.org provides some troubling information about fatigued driving in the United States: Around 100,000 collisions each year that are reported to the police involve fatigued drivers. These collisions cause approximately 1,550 fatalities and 71,000 injuries. The collisions also result in at least $12.5 billion in monetary damages and losses.
If you are one of the thousands hurt by a distracted driver, you understand the impact of these losses firsthand. You know that your life can be changed in an instant if you lose a loved one or suffer a permanent injury because a careless driver stayed behind the wheel when he or she was too fatigued to be safe. You deserve to be compensated for the losses you have experienced, and Steinger, Iscoe & Greene can help you make a claim for monetary damages.
When a drowsy driver causes a collision, victims or their family members can obtain compensation if they can prove:
Every driver has a legal duty to be careful and not make choices that endanger others. Driving while fatigued is considered a failure to fulfill that legal duty. However, while drowsy driving is dangerous, it is difficult to make the behavior illegal since there is no conclusive test to tell if someone is too tired like there is to tell if someone is drunk. Unfortunately, this can make it more difficult for victims of a fatigued driving crash to prove their right to compensation.
Steinger, Iscoe & Greene will interview witnesses and assist you in finding accident reconstruction experts who can help prove the other driver caused the collision due to fatigue.
In the aftermath of a drowsy driving accident, you should be compensated for medical expenses; income loss; pain and suffering; emotional distress; or the losses that result from a loved one’s death. Our attorneys have helped more than 32,000 injured clients get compensation after they have been injured. Call today to request a free initial consultation. We work on a contingency basis, so you pay nothing unless your case is won.