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Taylorsville, UT drowsy driving accident lawyer

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that 1 in 25 adult drivers have admitted to falling asleep while driving. Additionally, the administration explains that up to 6,000 fatal crashes in vehicles occur each year as a result of drowsy drivers.

The operation of a vehicle, although a common task, requires acute attention and focus. A fatigued or sleep-deprived person is not as alert nor as quick to respond as a well-rested driver. Fatigued drivers are considered debilitated drivers.

If you have been injured by a drowsy driver, we can help. Please contact a Fielding Law personal injury lawyer. You can call us at (877) 880-4090. Or fill out our online form to speak with one of our attorneys about your personal injury case and how we can assist you as a client. We offer free initial consultations concerning personal injury law. Hablamos Español.

Common Causes of Drowsing Driving in Utah

Having more time for rest and sleep is the desire of almost all adults. Why, then, do people drive while drowsy? A significant factor that contributes towards driving while fatigued is the type of work that people perform.

Trucking companies and other commercial vehicles can push their drivers to meet challenging deadlines. To reach these target times, the driver will face long hours on the road and may end up with insufficient rest and sleep between shifts.

Night-shift work can also contribute toward tired individuals driving. The US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health makes this comment, “Night-shift work increases the risk for drowsy driving crashes, especially on the morning commute home from overnight work (9–11).”

Additionally, there are other contributions toward drowsy driving such as:

  • Prescription medication
  • Strong OTC medication
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Sleeping pills
  • Undocumented sleeping disorders

The above list does not contain all the causes that produce accidents caused by drowsiness. If you suspect that your accident involved a drowsy driver, please contact an attorney from our office. We can analyze the circumstances of your accident and help you on the road to justice.

What Are the Indications of a Drowsy Driver?

It is all too common for people not to admit that they are too tired to drive. Instead, they push on although it is dangerous. Therefore, it can be advantageous to recognize the signals that indicate you are driving near a fatigued driver.

Common warning signs that you are near a fatigued driver are that he or she is:

  • Drifting out of the lane frequently
  • Closing his or her eyes
  • Yawning frequently
  • Drifting into the rumble strips
  • Drifting into in the shoulder repeatedly

Often, when exhausted drivers recognize that they are doing one or more of the above, they may become startled. In the sudden shock, they may overcorrect their error and cause a drowsy driving accident.

Why Fatigued Driving is So Dangerous

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are some 100,000 accidents associated with drowsy driving each year.

A safe and capable driver must be able to make rapid decisions with instantaneous maneuvers. However, a driver who is drowsy or fatigued is impaired in his or her ability to process information quickly and physically react.

Poor concentration, slow reaction time, and a weakened ability to accurately process ones’ surroundings is a deadly combination under normal circumstances. When combined with high traffic areas, dangerous intersections, high-speed limits, and treacherous weather conditions, these effects make for a jeopardous situation.

Legal Representation Can Help Your Case

Determining the difference between someone who is awake and someone sleeping can be difficult for your case. Even more so establishing when someone is drowsy, sleepy, or fatigued.

A discerning car accident lawyer at Fielding Law understands the factors to search for to prove whether a driver was drowsy while driving. Our skillful attorneys can investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident to establish the truth in your personal injury lawsuit.

Groups Especially Susceptible to Fatigued Driving

Everyone gets tired. Nearly 90 percent of Americans have a driver’s license. Thus, the likelihood of you sharing the road with fatigued drivers at any time is high. 

Additionally, there are specific groups that have a higher risk of drowsy driving. If your commute or travel requires sharing the road with some of the following types of drivers, you could experience a drowsy driving accident. 

This includes drivers who are:

  • Night-shift workers
  • Commercial truck drivers
  • Teen drivers or other less experienced drivers
  • Airline workers

At Fielding Law, we recognize that driving while drowsy is a grave problem. It shares much in common with impaired and reckless driving. Research indicates that those who drive fatigued can be just as impaired as a driver who has used drugs or alcohol.

If your injuries have been caused by a negligent driver, we can work diligently to make sure he or she is held accountable.

Compensation Available to You After a Utah Drowsy Driving Accident

Vehicle accidents, whether small or large, can result in traumatic injuries and crippling financial debt. The negligent driver should be made responsible for the costs of your injuries and the disruption to your life. 

A car accident lawyer with our team can help you recover the compensation your injuries require. These expenses related to the accident could include:

  • Lost wages
  • Lost potential earnings 
  • Past, current, and future hospital bills related to your case
  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional suffering
  • Psychiatric help
  • Lifestyle changes 
  • Medical bills

Why Contact a Drowsy Driving Accident Lawyer

A report from The National Sleep Foundation revealed that 60 percent of adult drivers had driven – even though they were drowsy – in the past year. A survey from the CDC showed that for every 25 adults, one had fallen asleep while driving in the past month. Clearly, the potential to be the victim of an exhausted driver is high.

After an accident, you will be faced with decisions that can permanently affect the lives of you and your family. The pressure to make the right and best decision can be overwhelming. We can help.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by fatigued drivers, contact a car accident lawyer at Fielding Law today for a free case evaluation at (877) 880-4090.