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Lawyers for Accidents Caused by Fatigued Driving

March 26, 2024

Lawyers for Accidents Caused by Fatigued Driving
Drowsy Driving Accidents and Your Legal RightsDrowsy driving is a major problem on America’s roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatigued driving causes an estimated 100,000 crashes, 71,000 injuries, and 1,550 fatalities each year. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a drowsy driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced car accident lawyers can help protect your rights.

The Dangers of Fatigued Driving

Driving while drowsy or sleep-deprived can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Being awake for 18 hours can impair your ability to drive the same as having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05%. After 24 hours without sleep, your impairment is equivalent to a 0.10% BAC – above the legal limit in all states.Drowsiness has a number of effects that make it risky to drive, including:

  • Slower reaction times
  • Reduced attentiveness
  • Impaired decision-making
  • Increased aggression
  • Drifting from lanes
  • Nodding off at the wheel

Certain groups are at higher risk for drowsy driving accidents, such as:

  • Commercial truck drivers
  • Shift workers (especially night shifts or long shifts)
  • Drivers with untreated sleep disorders like sleep apnea
  • Drivers using sedating medications
  • Teens and young adults

Proving Liability in a Fatigued Driving Accident

Drowsy driving accidents are often more severe than other crashes because the fatigued driver may not brake or swerve to avoid impact. Victims frequently suffer catastrophic injuries or wrongful death.To recover compensation, you’ll need to prove the other driver was at fault. Some types of evidence your lawyer may use include:

  • Eyewitness testimony that the driver was swerving, nodding off, etc.
  • Electronic logging device (ELD) records showing hours of service violations for truck drivers
  • Black box data indicating the driver didn’t brake
  • Toll/gas receipts or credit card records establishing a timeline
  • The driver’s own admission of drowsiness
  • Results of the crash investigation

Your lawyer will also document the extent of your injuries and damages. Medical records, bills, pay stubs, expert testimony, and other proof can show the harm you’ve suffered and the compensation you need.

Damages in a Drowsy Driving Accident Lawsuit

By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to recover damages such as:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Property damage
  • Wrongful death damages (for surviving family members)

The value of your case depends on factors like the severity of your injuries, the amount of insurance coverage available, and the strength of the evidence against the drowsy driver. An experienced lawyer will fight for the maximum compensation possible.

How Our Lawyers Can Help

At Federal Lawyers, our attorneys have decades of experience representing victims of drowsy driving accidents nationwide. We know how to investigate these cases, gather evidence, and stand up to the insurance companies.When you hire us, we will:

  • Listen to your story and explain your legal options
  • Investigate to determine liability and identify all potential sources of compensation
  • Gather evidence to build a strong case
  • Handle all communication with the insurance company
  • Negotiate aggressively for a fair settlement
  • Take your case to trial if necessary to pursue justice

We work on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no upfront costs. Our fee comes out of the settlement or verdict we win for you. If we don’t recover money, you owe us nothing.

Real Client Results

We’ve helped countless victims of drowsy driving accidents get the compensation they deserve. For example:

  • $5.2 million for a client severely injured by a truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel
  • $3.8 million for the family of a woman killed by a drowsy driver
  • $1.5 million for a man who suffered brain injuries in a crash caused by a fatigued driver

While past results don’t guarantee future outcomes, you can count on our lawyers to fight tirelessly for you. We’ll be by your side every step of the way, working to get you the best possible result.

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If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one because of a fatigued driver, don’t wait to get legal help. There are strict deadlines for filing an accident lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, you lose your right to compensation.

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