What does drowsy driving have in common with drunk driving?
Quite a lot, you may be surprised to learn. Studies show that driving when tired is just as dangerous as driving when intoxicated. Also, as with drunk driving, drowsy driving is an individual’s choice – one that puts others at risk of being hurt or killed in a crash. Individuals that make this choice deserve to be held accountable. If we take on your car accident case, Mann Law Firm will take a close look at whether driver fatigue played a role. We can work with investigators and experts to determine how fatigue caused your crash, and we can seek maximum compensation for your losses. Mann Law Firm takes pride in exploring all options on behalf of our clients and paying close attention to their needs. If you live in Macon or elsewhere in Middle Georgia, contact us today to learn more. Call (478) 742-3381 or submit our online form. Our case reviews are always free.
Why Is Drowsy Driving Dangerous?
The Mann Law Firm investigates the role of drowsiness in car accident cases because we know just how dangerous this type of driving can be. For instance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that a person who has gone 18 hours without sleeping can be as impaired as one with a 0.05 blood alcohol concentration (BAC). A person who goes 24 hours without rest is as impaired as someone with a 0.10 BAC. A driver impaired by fatigue may lack alertness, motor skills and reasonable judgment. The driver may:
- Fall asleep at the wheel
- Drift across lanes or off the road
- Drive through red lights or stop signs at intersections
- Fail to notice motorcycles, bicyclists, pedestrians or stopped cars in front of them
- Suddenly speed up or slow down in congested traffic
- Fail to use turn signals or headlights
It is a disturbing fact is that drowsy drivers can be found at all times on roads throughout Georgia and across the country. In a 2010 survey, 41 percent of drivers told the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that they had “fallen asleep or nodded off” while driving at least once. Twenty-five percent admitted they had driven at some point in the prior month when they were so sleepy that they had a hard time keeping their eyes open. Because dangerous driving so often results from fatigue, it’s important to work with a law firm who will closely examine this factor in your crash investigation. For instance, we can research:
- Work records or time sheets showing the at-fault driver’s shift lengths
- Medical records showing sleep disorders or sleep-inducing prescriptions
- Toll booth, hotel or meal receipts revealing how long the driver had been on the road.
The accident scene may provide clues as well. For instance, if no tire marks are observed, this indicates that the driver didn’t hit the brakes before the crash. This may mean that the driver was asleep or nodding off at the time of impact. Mann Law Firm works closely with highly qualified accident reconstruction experts who can help us to piece together these clues in your case.
Compensation for Drowsy Driving Accident Victims
At Mann Law Firm, our goal is to seek compensation as efficiently as possible for you. This means that we will work diligently to secure a settlement. This is an agreement that allows you to obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses without having to go to trial. As a former in-house counsel for a large insurance company, attorney David Mann knows how these companies approach accident cases. He can put this knowledge to work while striving for full and fair compensation for you, including payment for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and more. Keep in mind that the driver may not be the only party liable in your drowsy driving accident case. For example, if the driver was working at the time of the crash, compensation may be sought from the driver’s employer as well.
Contact a Macon Drowsy Driving Accident Attorney Today
When you or a loved one is injured in a crash caused by a drowsy driver, it’s important to seek help from an experienced attorney. Mann Law Firm offers its clients a 50-year history of securing verdicts and settlements for car accident victims throughout Macon and Middle Georgia. We know how to investigate these cases and how to negotiate with insurance companies that may try to get you to settle for less than what your case is worth. We always keep our clients’ best interests at heart. Schedule a free consultation with us today by calling (478) 742-3381 or completing our online form.
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