How Serious of a Problem is Drowsy Driving?

Drowsy driving causes car accidents across the country every day. The exact number of crashes is difficult to pin down because drowsiness is not always reported or identified as a contributing or causal factor. Nonetheless, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates about 700 people were killed in accidents related to drowsy driving in 2019.

Fatigue, although it seems so commonplace in our busy lives, is really quite dangerous when it comes to driving. It can lead to:

  • Sleepiness/nodding off
  • Inattention and lack of alertness
  • Blurry, cloudy, or double vision
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Slowed reactions
  • Poor coordination
  • Impaired judgement/decision-making

Nothing much substitutes for a full night of high-quality sleep. Attempts to compensate for lack of sleep – a cup of coffee, blaring the radio, rolling down the window for a burst of air – these things may create a temporary feeling of awakeness, but a good night’s rest is the best remedy for drowsiness.

If you believe the car accident that injured you was caused by a drowsy driver, or a driver that was inattentive, you may be unsure of how to prove your case. Our experienced attorneys review crash details, police reports, eyewitness testimony, and more, to get to the bottom of what took place. If someone else’s negligence is determined to be the direct cause of the accident that injured you, then you may be entitled to maximum injury compensation.

In a successful claim, injury compensation may be awarded for:

  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation
  • Loss of income
  • Pain and suffering

These accident cases require an experienced attorney to show how the crash was the result of the other party’s carelessness. Attempting to represent yourself is generally not a good idea for serious car accidents. It’s critical that no detail is overlooked, no aspect of the case unproven, as we pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.

For a case review, please contact the experienced lawyers at McPhillips, Fitzgerald & Cullum. Reach us in Florida at 305-751-8556, and in New York at 518-792-1174. We provide clear and honest answers about your options following a car accident.


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