Operating a motor vehicle while fatigued is often under-reported in Massachusetts, New England, and across the United States. A drowsy driver can cause a horrific accident and appear wide awake with no injuries. The reason for this is because of the adrenaline after the incident. Nevertheless, many drowsy drivers cause accidents because they are too tired to operate their vehicles safely.
Driving drowsy can slow down your reaction time, lower your awareness, affect your judgment, and increase your chances of being injured in a car accident. The National Sleep Foundation reports that 60 percent of adults who drive while fatigued are the cause of about 100,000 driving accidents each year. Those involved in these accidents can suffer from severe injuries and often need an experienced lawyer to help recover the damages incurred.
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Avoiding Fatigued Driving
Anyone who operates a motor vehicle should be aware of the dangers of drowsy driving and what precautions to take. One way to stop drowsy driving is to ensure you get enough sleep each night, especially before getting out on the road.
Below are a few tips that can help lower the chances of causing a collision due to drowsy driving:
- Follow all medication instructions. Some medications advise you to avoid operating machinery or driving while taking this medication, and with good reason. You don’t want to fall asleep at the wheel. These medications are likely to cause drowsiness or fatigue and should not be taken before or while driving.
- Avoid alcohol before driving. Even if you are not considered legally intoxicated, drunk driving can impair your judgment and reaction times. Alcohol is regarded as a central nervous system depressant and can cause drowsiness.
- Be aware of the pros and cons of caffeine and other boosters. Coffee, energy drinks, and other caffeinated drinks may help you stay away for short periods. However, the effects of these drinks can wear off suddenly, leaving a driver fatigued and tired.
- Never operate a vehicle if you feel tired or fatigued. Driving without enough sleep can cause you to fall asleep at the wheel.
- Take breaks. If you are driving and become tired or feel you are unable to stay alert, this is your body’s warning that you should not be driving anymore. Instead, pull over into a safe spot such as a rest area and rest for at least 30 minutes before continuing down the road.
While the above are some things drivers should do to reduce drowsy driving, you should be aware that there are also some medical conditions that can cause drowsy driving.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where your breathing stops and starts throughout the night. Sleep apnea can cause an individual to get less than enough sleep. If you suffer from sleep apnea, you should consult a doctor, especially if this condition is affecting your sleep and causing you to feel drowsy during the day.
The Dangers of Fatigued Driving
Drowsy driving can occur when you have not slept well, and over time this can become a problem for any driver.
Those traveling to work in the morning may do so after a night of poor sleep, and those on long-distance travel continue to push themselves even though they are tired. This seems normal, but fatigued driving should be taken seriously. It affects your reactions and ability to focus on the road and other drivers.
Drowsy driving can result in:
- Falling asleep while driving
- Impaired reaction times
- Impaired judgment
- Increased driver aggression
- Losing a sense of alertness
- Experiencing short-term memory loss
Drowsy driving can cause serious injuries when being involved in an auto accident. At Jason Stone Injury Lawyers, our legal team is on your side, and we stand by you through the entire legal process.
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Who Is At Risk of Fatigued Driving?
Anyone can become fatigued and fall asleep while behind the wheel. There are groups of individuals who are at more of a high risk of drowsy driving, especially those who drive late at night and who do not get enough sleep.
Those who are at high risk of drowsy driving include:
- Airline workers
- Commercial drivers including truck drivers
- Drivers traveling for business
- Shift workers
- Young drivers
When driving, a drowsy driver may not even notice that you are fatigued. However, when you begin to weave in between lanes and space out while driving, these are the early warning signs of drowsy driving. Injuries caused by fatigued driving can be severe.
It’s possible to sustain head and spinal injuries, disfigurement, or even death in a severe car accident. So before getting out on the roadways, drivers should ensure they have had enough sleep the night before.
Compensation of Fatigue Driving
Massachusetts is considered a modified comparative fault state. This means that you are only capable of recovering damages if you are 50 percent or less at fault for the drowsy driving accident.
Since compensation is based on the percentage of the driver or entity at fault, evidence is crucial. To determine who is responsible, an insurance adjuster will examine law enforcement reports, witness statements, and other evidence. But so will we.
For personal injury claims, you can seek compensation for certain damages that occurred during the drowsy driving accident, either from the other driver and/or from his or her insurance company. These damages may include:
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost wages
- Medical costs – Which can include the costs of disabling injuries
- Property damage – Including your vehicle and if it needs to be replaced or repaired
- Scarring and disability
At Jason Stone Injury Lawyers in Boston, our legal team pursues evidence that shows the other driver was responsible for the accident and if they were fatigued or drowsy during the accident. We will also compile your losses to help seek compensation that will help you recover financially.
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Other Driving Accidents Handled By Jason Stone Injury Lawyers
Jason Stone Injury Lawyers not only handle fatigue and drowsy driving cases. Our lawyers can help you process claims and seek compensation for any car collision.
Below are some car accident cases in which our law firm handles:
- Failure to yield crashes
- Left-turn incidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued and drowsy accidents
- T-bone collisions
- Head-on crashes
The lawyers at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers will help you understand the status of your case every step of the way. Our attorneys are ready to do the heavy lifting for you so you can focus on getting better. Contact Jason Stone Injury Lawyers today for a free case evaluation.
Contact Jason Stone Injury Lawyers After a Fatigued Driving Accident
Having an experienced lawyer on your side to review the evidence and case details of your accident is especially beneficial when determining who is at fault for a drowsy driving accident. At Jason Stone Injury Lawyers, if we take on your case, our legal team will compile your evidence to help support your claim. We will also add-up your losses, which will include medical costs, missed income, and other related expenses.
While you may not want to contact a lawyer to fight for compensation and go to court, you may have to in your situation. Trying to prove who is responsible for a car accident can be difficult. There are strict policies that should be followed, and insurance companies tend to take advantage of innocent individuals.
Jason Stone Injury Lawyers will put together a legal document and send it to the insurance companies requesting full financial recovery for any injuries and losses you incurred because of a fatigued driving accident.
Let our experienced car accident attorneys take on your drowsy driving case and seek justice on your behalf. Get peace of mind today and contact Jason Stone Injury Lawyers.
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