If you have been injured in a car accident caused by fatigued driving that was not your fault, you might be entitled to receive compensation. You should not have to be financially responsible to pay for someone else’s mistake. You need to speak with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Call Hach & Rose, LLP today at (212) 779-0057 to speak with one of our New York car accident attorneys about your case. We are ready to discuss your options with you. Let us put your mind at ease so you can make the best decisions for your future.
Why Is Fatigued Driving Dangerous?
Fatigued driving is also called drowsy driving. This occurs when a driver operates a vehicle without proper sleep or rest. It can happen for a variety of reasons. Fatigued driving often involves the driver being awake for a long period of time without sleep. It could also be that the driver did not get enough sleep during the prior days. Medication and sleep disorders can also be contributing factors.
Driving while fatigued may cause the driver to intermittently nod off while behind the wheel. Their reaction times may slow considerably. They may even fall asleep while driving. This can result in the vehicle drifting into an adjacent lane. The driver may fail to slow or stop their vehicle in time to avoid a collision.
A common symptom of fatigue is poor decision-making. This can affect the driver’s judgment, which is a recipe for disaster. A person who drives fatigued may believe they are still alert enough to keep driving. They may attempt to increase their alertness by drinking coffee, playing loud music, or rolling down the windows. However, there is no substitute for adequate sleep and rest.
Injuries Caused by Fatigued Driving
The injuries that can be caused by a fatigued driving accident may be severe. The National Safety Council (NSC) compares fatigued driving to driving under the influence of alcohol. In fact, a driver who goes more than 20 hours without proper sleep may drive similarly to a person with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent. This amount is the legal driving limit in all U.S. states.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 697 fatalities from drowsy-driving-related crashes in 2019. These types of crashes occur most frequently between the hours of midnight and six o’clock in the morning. Often this may be in remote areas, such as on dark country roads.
Because of the remote location and the hour, many accidents of this type occur at high speeds. This means that the force of the impact can cause catastrophic injuries or fatalities. The driver’s vehicle may cross over into oncoming traffic, resulting in a head-on collision. The vehicle may even leave the roadway completely. This can result in a rollover crash. The resulting injuries may include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Organ damage
- Neck injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Loss of limb
We understand that the time after an injury is painful and confusing. You may be facing a growing stack of medical bills. You may be wondering how you will pay for them. This can be especially distressing if you are currently out of work due to your injury.
The process of pursuing compensation after an injury from an accident can be complicated. It can be difficult to know where to even begin. If you are facing this situation, it may seem anything but straightforward.
This is where an experienced car accident attorney can help. There may be insurance companies involved in your case. They are notorious for trying to take advantage of individuals like you.
Insurance companies have legal teams ready to defend them. Their goal is to avoid paying you any money. One way they do this is by offering settlement amounts that are too low. They assume that you may be unfamiliar with how compensation for an injury works. Their hope is that you will accept the offer, not realizing that it is unfair.
There are many potential components of compensation to which you may be entitled. These may include:
- Medical bills
- Prescription medication
- Physical therapy
- Future medical care
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
When you choose Hach & Rose, LLP to represent you, you can trust that we have your best interests in mind. We will build the strongest case possible for you. We will fight for the maximum amount of compensation that may be legally yours.
Most personal injury cases are settled outside the courtroom. However, we will be ready to go to trial if negotiations are unsuccessful. We work on a contingency basis. This means that we don’t get paid unless we obtain compensation for you. You can rest easy knowing that there are no upfront costs.
Contact Hach & Rose, LLP Today
If you have been hurt in a car accident in New York that was caused by someone else, you may be entitled to financial compensation. You owe it to yourself to understand your options. We invite you to review our responses to some of the most common questions we receive.
We exist to fight for justice for people who have been hurt in car accidents in New York. For more than a decade, we have been helping injured people just like yourself. We have recovered more than $300 million for our clients during that time. We proudly share the testimonials of our previous satisfied clients. We know how to get results, and our track record speaks for itself.
Contact us today at (212) 779-0057 to speak with a member of the Hach & Rose, LLP legal team. You can also submit a contact form, and we will be in touch as soon as we are able. Our office is conveniently located in the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan.
We are prepared to take on your case. Let us guide you through this devastating time. Your only job right now should be to focus on your recovery and healing. Call us today.