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Our responsibilities don’t pause because we’re tired, nor do other motorists’ obligations to other drivers. Accidents caused by overtired and drowsy driving are common, and the injuries and damages they cause can be severe. After an accident with a drowsy driver, contact the Ohio car accident lawyers at KNR.
We will review the details, your options and help secure the maximum amount possible. Call 1-800-HURT-NOW for a free consultation.
6,000 fatal crashes are caused by drowsy drivers every year, the CDC reported. They also stated that about 1 in 25 adult drivers over 18 reported falling asleep while driving in the previous 30 days.
That may seem like a small number, but there are millions of adults in the U.S., and even if 4% of them fall asleep sometimes while driving, that’s thousands of individuals more likely to cause a potentially fatal collision.
There comes a time when people need to recognize they’re too tired to drive. If someone is currently driving and notices these signs, they should pull off the road as soon as possible.
Some signals that someone is too exhausted to drive safely are:
Any driver can fall asleep behind the wheel or cause an accident due to being overtired, but certain groups are at higher risk. This includes people who frequently drive at night or work long hours, such as:
Drowsy drivers often think changing the temperature in the car, drinking a beverage with caffeine, or turning up the radio will be enough to keep them awake.
However, these actions won’t make you any less drowsy or reduce your risk of falling asleep. Drivers can avoid drowsy driving and causing an accident by:
Fatigue, paying less attention, and slower reaction times are a recipe for disaster, particularly on busy streets or roads with high-speed limits. With the physical and mental consequences of drowsy driving combined, it’s no wonder that sleepy driving is a common cause of car accidents.
Unfortunately, drivers who get behind the wheel while sleepy can easily cause a crash. The injuries typically associated with drowsy driving accidents may include:
Sleepy drivers cause thousands of accidents and injuries each year. And people hurt in car accidents can suffer minor to severe injuries requiring emergency medical attention, ongoing medical care, being off work, and more. Treating and recovering from car accident injuries can be expensive.
If you hope to recover maximum compensation following a drowsy driving accident in Ohio, your attorney will need to show that the elements of negligence have been met as follows:
The drowsy driver or other liable parties must have owed you a duty of care and breached that duty by engaging in unsafe driving practices. The drowsy driver’s breach of duty must have caused you to suffer damages or injuries that substantially impacted your life.
Liability in car accident claims must be proven based on a preponderance of the evidence. Some of the most compelling evidence used to prove fatigued driving resulted in your accident include:
Drowsy drivers may not be the only parties who can be held accountable following a collision. For example, if a tired truck driver caused an accident, the trucking company that employs that trucker could be named in your drowsy driving accident lawsuit.
Your lawyer’s thorough investigation and analysis of your case will reveal the truth and ensure all liable parties are held accountable.
When you are injured in a car crash because the other driver was negligent by driving while overtired, they may be found liable for your various damages. Your lawyer can represent you in pursuit of compensation for all your physical, emotional, and financial losses. Through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, KNR will fight hard for you to recover your:
While most car accidents settle out of court, the insurance company will still work hard to reduce what they owe by denying their policyholder was drowsy or that they share responsibility. While an insurance settlement might be ideal, you may also need to file a lawsuit and present evidence that the other driver was at fault.
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we can help you get the most out of your case. Although you may be hesitant to pursue legal action, with a strong team of legal advocates fighting for your rights, you can rest easier and seek compensation for everything an accident with an overtired driver cost you.
We use every available resource so you can recover physically and financially after a car accident.
If you were injured in a car accident caused by a drowsy driver, contact our experienced car accident attorneys right away. We will advise you, review all your legal options, and fight to secure the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Get your free, no-risk consultation. Call 1-800-HURT-NOW today.