When teenagers learn how to drive, they are taught certain safe driving practices, such as not to get behind the wheel under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, teenagers often underestimate the dangers associated with drowsy driving. If a drowsy teenage driver injured you or someone close to you, you should reach out to a skilled Miami accident attorney who can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we can evaluate the facts of your case, advise you of your rights, and help you figure out your options for recovery.
Drowsy driving is a deadly problem in Florida and throughout the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 846 fatalities that were recorded in 2014 were drowsy driving-related. Furthermore, NHTSA data reveals that drowsy driving causes 56,000 automobile crashes each year. According to the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, teenagers and young adults aged 16-24 have been found to be the most at-risk age group to be involved in a drowsy driving accident. Lack of sleep can negatively affect how a teenager functions. In fact, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia reports that a teen driver who has less than eight hours of sleep is 30 percent more likely to crash than a teen who has had more than eight hours of sleep.
If you believe that an overly tired teenager getting behind the wheel was the cause of your accident, you may be able to recover compensation through a negligence claim. Negligence is a failure to exercise the level of care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in the same situation, resulting in an injury or death to someone else. In Florida, negligence is established by showing the following elements: the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care; the defendant breached that duty of care; and the plaintiff’s injuries and losses were a direct result of the defendant’s breach. In the context of drowsy driving, a sleepy teenage driver who chooses to get behind the wheel would likely be considered negligent because a reasonably prudent teenage driver would understand the risks associated with such behavior.
It is important to note that drowsy driving claims are difficult to establish. This is because, unlike with DUIs, there is no clear test to determine whether a person was driving while sleepy or drowsy. Thus, a claim of drowsy driving must rely on evidence such as the driver’s actions before and after the crash.
Drowsy driving can cause serious accidents that can have long-term consequences for everyone involved. The experienced Miami auto accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon can help you seek the compensation you deserve if you have been injured in an accident involving a teenage driver. For years, we have helped South Florida clients understand their legal rights and options. You can trust that we can advocate on your behalf at every step of the way. To speak to us in detail about your case, feel free to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online today.
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