If you are in a minor car accident, it is fairly likely that you will have some temporary aches and pains and damage to your vehicle, but overall you may not be dealing too serious of a situation. In these situations, many people just exchange contact information and let the insurance companies work out a settlement.
However, if the accident is more severe and your life is dramatically impacted by the emotional and physical damages you have suffered, you may want to seriously consider discussing your legal options with an attorney.
After a crash, it’s not always evident what factors caused the accident. For instance, in cases where another driver was drowsy or fatigued, you may not have an easy way of figuring that out.
This is why an attorney familiar with car accident claims can be helpful. Your legal representative can look into the other driver’s drug and/or alcohol use, examine work records and even review text messages to see if there is an indication that the other driver wasn’t sleeping well or hadn’t slept in some time. If this can be established, you may be able to argue that he or she was fatigued and therefore negligent in causing the crash.
Driving while fatigued or sleepy is extremely dangerous. In this article we published on our site, we discussed research that suggests a driver who has been up for 24 hours exhibits many of the same behaviors and level of impairment of someone who is legally intoxicated.
Unfortunately, drowsy driving is not all that uncommon. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every 24 adult drivers have admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel recently.
If you have been seriously injured in a crash, it can be wise to discuss the situation with an attorney who can look for clues and evidence that another party was negligent. In cases where drowsiness has been shown to be a factor, victims may collect compensation in a negligence claim.