Drowsy Driving Accidents
Delaware Car Accident Lawyers Claim Compensation for Injury Victims
The world seems to be moving faster than it ever has before, and the resulting fatigue has a dramatic effect on health and well-being, quality of life, and, of course, safety.
Fatigue is a result of the constant rush. That means that anytime you venture down your driveway and out onto the highways, you can potentially collide with someone who is falling asleep at the wheel.
Many studies suggest that drowsy driving is involved in more than one out of every five fatal car accidents in the United States. Anyone could be a drowsy driver, and drowsy driving can happen at any time of day or night.
It is unpredictable, and difficult to prepare for, beyond wearing your seatbelt and remaining alert and aware on the road. But the damage that can be done during a car accident caused by a drowsy driver – someone who is not awake enough to respond before a collision occurs – can be devastating.
Drowsy Driving Hazards and Injuries
Most drowsy driving accidents occur between midnight and 6am, and then again in the late afternoon. But they can happen at any time of day. These accidents often involve a lone driver who veers off the road at a high rate of speed without braking.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has estimated that in 2015 alone, more than 72,000 police-reported accidents involved drowsy drivers, resulting in 41,000 injuries and over 800 deaths.
Just as a drowsy driving accident can happen to anyone and at any time of day, there is also a wide range of injuries that can occur during a collision – especially when it occurs at a high rate of speed. Some of those injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Facial/dental disfiguration
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Head injuries – including traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Musculoskeletal damage
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
Some of the injuries a driver or passenger suffers may take only days, weeks, or months to heal. But some could take a lifetime and may never heal completely. Your quality of life can be impacted dramatically. In a worst-case scenario, sometimes a driver or a passenger loses their life during a drowsy driving crash.
But whatever type of injury a victim suffers, it could involve a mounting pile of medical bills and time to recover. You may be entitled to compensation for both your injuries and for your expenses.
The Delaware car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC can help you recover the maximum compensation for the following, and more:
- Medical Care and Medication. This includes your initial evaluation, plus continuing treatment and any medications prescribed to deal with your injury.
- Lost Wages. You may be compensated for both past and future lost wages during the period of your recovery.
- Transportation. This may involve your initial ambulance ride to the hospital, as well as the costs of transportation to and from medical-related visits.
- Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. You have the right to recover fully, whatever that requires.
- Emotional Trauma. Some people who are injured in serious collisions suffer anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, PTSD, and more. You have a right to receive treatment for any emotional trauma you have suffered.
- Pain and Suffering. There is no doubt that the trauma of a car accident can cause a lifetime of pain and suffering. Injuries may cause as much as a lifetime of pain.
After an accident, your primary focus should be on recovering from your injuries and regaining your sense of well-being.
Delaware Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Assist Clients Involved in Drowsy Driving Accidents
If you suffered an injury during a car accident because of a drowsy driver, you may be wondering how you will pay the medical bills or recover your losses from missed work. Our legal team can help. Please call a Delaware car accident lawyer at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC today at 302-888-1221 or contact us online for a free evaluation of your case. We serve clients throughout Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.