Washington, DC Car Accident Lawyers Holding Drowsy Drivers Responsible
If you've been hurt in a crash, our attorneys can get you compensated
Our Washington, DC car accident lawyers understand asleep at the wheel crashes can happen for a lot of different reasons. A drunk driver passes out. Someone on a long trip starts to have trouble keeping their eyes open. A person with a medical condition can't hold their head up anymore. Somebody who works irregular hours is too fatigued to drive. No matter the circumstances, if you've been injured or a family member was killed in a collision by a drowsy/fatigued driver, you have rights, and we can help you exercise those rights. You may be eligible for compensation. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm today for a free consultation.
Thousands of crashes happen every year due to drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Drowsy driving, fatigued driving ─ whatever name you want to give it, these types of car accidents can cause severe injuries that may be lasting and permanent. That's when the help of a Washington, DC car accident lawyer can make a difference by getting you the compensation you're entitled to and holding the responsible driver accountable for their negligence.
A drowsy driver who's at risk of falling asleep behind the wheel usually shows some warning signs. Indicators include:
- Repeated yawning
- Watery/itchy eyes
- Trouble keeping head up
- Droopy eyes
- Lack of focus/lost in thought
- Erratic driving (changing speeds, drifting out of lane, slow reaction time, missing signs/signals/turns)
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should pull over immediately and stop driving. You may think you can make it to your destination safely, but people who fall asleep at the wheel usually have no control when it happens.
Car accident lawyers give tips on how to prevent drowsy driving
A large percentage of asleep at the wheel crashes caused by drowsy or fatigued drivers end up being fatal. Lane departures are common with people who fall asleep while driving, and those can end in a deadly head-on collision. When a driver falls asleep at the wheel, they have no control over their vehicle and their car turns into a 3,000-plus pound projectile. Our Washington, DC car accident attorneys recommend you take the following measures to avoid falling asleep at the wheel:
- Get enough sleep: It's suggested that you get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. If you don't, it can catch up to you and cause drowsiness or fatigue. If you feel like you are starting to become tired while you're driving, pull over somewhere safe and take a nap. Otherwise, make sure you're getting enough sleep.
- Avoid late-night driving: Asleep at the wheel accidents commonly take place between the hours of 11 p.m. - 8 a.m., so if you can avoid driving during this time, it's recommended. If you work a late-night shift and you're not getting enough sleep, make arrangements for someone to pick you up and drop you off.
- Don't drink and drive: This should go without saying, but a lot of asleep at the wheel crashes are caused by drunk drivers who pass out behind the wheel. Alcohol makes you tired, so it's just one of the many reasons you shouldn't consume alcohol and then go for a drive.
- Take breaks on long trips: If you know you're going on a long road trip or your commute takes a while, be sure to stop to take a break along the way. Driving long distances can be taxing, so plan some stops to keep yourself fresh and rested. If possible, you can always share the driving with someone else so you can both stay alert.
Injured by a drowsy driver? Let our car accident attorneys get to work
There are a lot of different reasons for someone to fall asleep at the wheel and cause an accident that ends up injuring or killing someone else. None of them are good reasons. The driver may not have intentionally fallen asleep behind the wheel, but that doesn't mean they weren't being negligent when they decided to go for a drive in the first place. Fatigued and drowsy driving is preventable, and if you've been injured by someone who made a poor decision and caused a collision, that person should be held accountable. Our Washington, DC car accident lawyers have experience winning cases for crash victims who've been hurt in drowsy driving collisions. We have delivered justice to families who've had loved ones killed in fatal crashes caused by drowsy or fatigued drivers. Fight back --contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm today for a free consultation.