Fatigued Driving Accidents
Speak with a Pennsylvania Car Accident Attorney
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
Why Work With Our Team?
- Legal Team Backed by Award-Winning Reputation
- Decades of Collective Legal Experience
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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.
To get started with a FREE consultation,
contact us today.