Sadly, drowsy driving is the cause of many preventable accidents every year. If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by drowsy driving, it is essential to contact a reliable Miami car accident attorney without delay. We will work tirelessly to help you make the financial recovery you rightfully deserve for your injuries.
Just last month, Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers said a drowsy driver caused a serious accident at a toll plaza in Winter Haven. Toll both cameras captured the wreck and showed the pickup truck being pushed forward after an SUV crashed into the back of the truck, causing the truck to slam into a camera, light display and two control panels at the toll booth plaza. The victim who was driving the truck broke his leg as a result of the accident and had a seizure that led him to be put in intensive care. Law enforcement highlighted that accidents at tollbooths are rare since the posted speed limits are low.
Drowsy Driving Accidents in Florida
Drowsy driving, also known as tired driving or fatigued driving, refers to the operation of an automobile while being cognitively impaired due to lack of sleep. Just like drunk driving, drowsy driving can result in impaired judgment and delayed reactions, which can substantially raise the risk of accidents on the road. Unfortunately, drowsy driving accidents injure too many Floridians every year. FHP data shows that there were 4,329 accidents caused by drowsy driving in 2017, which led to 28 deaths. Across the country, data reveals that drowsy driving is responsible for 100,000 collisions.
Liability in Drowsy Driving Accident Cases
Drowsy driving can lead to dangerous accidents, such as rear-end collisions, head-on crashes and even single-vehicle wrecks. All drivers on the road have a responsibility to drive in a careful and safe manner. A person who gets behind the wheel when he or she is sleepy or extremely tired can be considered negligent if this conduct leads to an accident and resulting harm. Negligence takes place when a driver causes an accident and injury by failing to use the level of care that a reasonably prudent driver would have used in the same or similar situation. A reasonably prudent driver would not operate a motor vehicle if he or she were too tired understanding that this behavior can significantly increase the risk of accident.
Recovering Damages After a Drowsy Driving Accident
If you have been injured in an accident that was the fault of a drowsy driver, you have the right to seek compensation for your medical bills (past, present and future), lost wages, therapy costs, pain and suffering, emotional distress and property damage. Every case is different and the precise amount of damages you will be entitled to will depend on the specific losses you suffered in that case.
Seasoned Miami Drowsy Driving Accident Attorneys
Drowsy driving can lead to devastating, even deadly, accidents. If you have been injured in a car or truck accident caused by a fatigued driver, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our highly skilled Miami car accident attorneys will analyze the facts of your case and help you understand your legal rights and options. For more information, call our office today at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online.
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