Fatigued Driving Accidents

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It is well known that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is negligent and highly dangerous, but few people are aware of another hazard that can be just as risky: fatigued driving. Over recent years, researchers have found that driving while tired can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. For the millions of Americans who don’t get enough sleep due to busy and demanding schedules and others who share the road with them, tired driving is significant concern.

At Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith, P.C., our car accident lawyers have helped victims throughout Pennsylvania protect their right to financial compensation after being hurt by the negligence of other drivers, including drivers who were tired and fatigued. Our legal team is prepared to review your case free of charge, and explain what we can do to show that a tired driver should be held accountable for the damages you incurred in your car accident.

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The Dangers of Tired Driving

In recent years, there has been a significant push to raise awareness about the dangers posed by tired driving. These efforts have been supported by numerous studies, including one AAA study that found the following:

  • Motorists who get only 4 to 5 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period pose the same risks for causing accidents as drivers with a blood alcohol level at or above .08.
  • Losing out on 1 to 2 hours of sleep in a night doubles the risk of crashing.
  • Missing 2 to 3 hours of sleep can increase crash risks by 4 times.

Research has made it clear that sleep deprivation, even for only a few hours in a 24-hour span, can have real consequences on a driver’s ability to uphold their obligation of driving safely.

Rights of Injured Victims

Fatigue greatly affects a driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, react to potential dangers, and pay attention to their surroundings. When a tired driver fails to obey traffic laws, falls asleep at the wheel, or commits any other careless or negligent act that leads to an accident, they can be held liable for the damages victims suffer. These damages may include, among others:

  • Medical bills and costs of future medical needs
  • Lost income from missing work and lost future wages
  • Pain and suffering and emotional injuries
  • Loss of quality or enjoyment of life

Damages will vary from case to case, and can be extensive in the event that a crash causes catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. As award-winning attorneys who focus on personal injury law, our legal team has the insight and resources to illustrate that a tired driver was negligent and at fault, and to help our clients pursue the full amount of damages they deserve.

Fatigued Driving & Truck Accidents

Because the risks of driving tired are well known, state and federal governments enforce laws that prevent commercial drivers from operating vehicles without a proper amount of rests and breaks. These regulations, the most important of which include federal Hours of Service rules (HOS), dictate how long truck drivers and other commercial drivers are able to be behind the wheel, as well as when and for how long they need to take rest breaks.

When truckers, trucking companies, and commercial operators fail to abide by these laws, they place everyone at risk of preventable truck accidents or bus accidents, and they can be held liable for any damages victims suffer. Our legal team has a record of success handling the complexities of auto accidents involving commercial vehicles and overworked drivers.

Discuss Your Case During a FREE Case Evaluation

Following a car wreck, it is in your best interests to speak with a member of our legal team to learn more about your rights and whether you have the ability to pursue a case and recover your damages. Our Pennsylvania car accident lawyers are readily available to help whenever your accident occurred, and we encourage you to reach out as soon as possible.

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