Fatigued drivers pose a danger to themselves and others on the roads around Westbury. Drivers who operate a vehicle without getting enough sleep tend to be unable to maintain the appropriate level of focus necessary to safely drive a car and are more easily distracted. This leads to such drivers sometimes falling asleep at the wheel, causing major accidents.
Take steps to get compensation if you were hit by a fatigued driver by contacting Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. Start working with a Westbury driver fatigue lawyer right now. Speak to a member of our team about your legal options by calling (516) 932-0400.
Get the Facts About Driver Fatigue in Westbury
Many individuals in Westbury are unaware of the severity of driver fatigue. Drivers who are drowsy face numerous challenges on the road, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Drivers who are fatigued have:
- A harder time focusing on the road
- Slower reaction times
- More difficulty making good decisions
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), fatigued drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle collision than well-rested drivers. The effects of fatigue resemble those of alcohol. Drivers who operate a vehicle after going at least 20 hours without sleep may experience the same level of impairment as a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in excess of the legal limit.
For a free legal consultation with a driver fatigue accidents lawyer serving Westbury, call 516-932-0400
Establish Liability After a Driver Fatigue Accident
Fatigued drivers cause many accidents in the Westbury area every year. Drivers who cause accidents have a responsibility to compensate individuals who were injured in the accident in some cases. Westbury driver fatigue lawyers work to establish liability after accidents as they focus to bring you compensation for your losses.
Note that merely proving that a driver was operating a vehicle while fatigued is not enough to establish liability in New York. Your lawyer must also show that the driver took a direct action, or failed to take necessary action, that caused the accident. Fatigued drivers could cause an accident if they:
- Fall asleep and drift over the center line into oncoming traffic
- React too slowly to changes in traffic and rear-end another driver
- Begin to operate their vehicle over the speed limit
These are only examples of possible direct causes of a fatigued driver accident. A lawyer will investigate the facts of your specific situation to determine what caused your collision. This information allows a lawyer to build a claim for you, in order to bring you compensation for your losses. Start the investigation now by calling (516) 932-0400.
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Injuries Associated With Westbury Fatigued Driver Accidents
A collision with a fatigued driver in Westbury could leave you facing serious injuries. Fatigued drivers cause head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, and side-impact collisions here in Westbury. Depending upon the type of collision you faced, you might end up dealing with:
- Head and brain injuries, including a concussion
- Neck and spinal cord injuries, including whiplash
- Internal injuries and damage to your organs
- Broken bones, fractures, and sprains
- Cuts, burns, and abrasions
Sometimes, fatigued driver accidents in Westbury are fatal. You have legal options if you lost a loved one due to the actions of a fatigued driver in Westbury. The team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. extends our sincere condolences and assures you that we are standing by to provide you with compassionate care and determined representation if you are going through this difficult circumstance. Contact us to speak with a wrongful death lawyer in Westbury today.
Get Compensation After an Accident With a Fatigued Driver
As we mentioned, accidents caused by driver fatigue frequently result in serious injuries. Medical expenses in Westbury add up quickly once you visit a hospital to get treatment for your injuries. In this situation, it’s important that you take steps to get compensation for your losses, including your:
- Ambulance ride and emergency medical care
- Stay in a hospital and medical assessments
- Surgeries and other medical procedures
- Rehabilitation, physical therapy, and medications
Working with a lawyer could allow you to get compensation for the damage to your motor vehicle, as well. Additionally, many drivers must take time off of work after an accident to recover from their injuries. Your lost wages and lost earning potential should be covered under New York No-Fault Insurance and, depending upon the extent of these costs could, to some degree, be covered by the driver who caused your accident. Your lawyer will work to bring you compensation for your pain, suffering, mental anguish and other damages.
Note that your compensation only covers injuries and losses clearly caused by the accident. Make sure that you seek medical treatment right away after your accident. Getting fast medical care connects your injuries with the accident. If you wait to get help, other drivers could argue that your injuries were caused by another event.
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No-Fault Car Insurance and Driver Fatigue Cases
The state of New York requires all owners of cars registered in New York to carry no-fault car insurance. This form of car insurance provides you with compensation for medical expenses and a portion of lost earnings after a car accident causes you injuries. These benefits are paid by the insurer of the “host” vehicle, meaning the car you were in when the accident happened. You may have been the driver, a passenger, or a pedestrian or bicyclist struck by a car. These benefits are available without regard to fault in causing the accident. (That is why it is referred to as, “No-Fault.”)
However, drivers or others injured by an at-fault driver who sustain severe injuries have the opportunity to seek compensation directly from the driver responsible for the accident and the owner of the vehicle (i.e., car, bus, truck, motorcycle,) that driver was operating. Severe injuries generally require extensive medical treatment. Some severe injuries never heal completely. A broken bone is a common example of a severe injury.
You have the chance to work with a Westbury driver fatigue lawyer if you suffered a severe injury in an accident caused by a drowsy driver. Your lawyer will:
- Keep you updated on your case
- Work to find all liable parties
- Handle all communicate with insurance agents and the other driver
- Gather evidence about your claim
- Find the value of your case
Allow us to begin focusing on securing compensation for your losses right now.
Get Help From a Westbury Drive Fatigue Lawyer Now
Contact Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. if you were injured in a car accident caused by a fatigued driver in Westbury. Start building a legal claim with our Westbury driver fatigue lawyers. Our team is prepared to review your situation and discuss your legal options. Contact us to get a free consultation right now.
Reach out to us by completing our online contact form or calling (516) 932-0400.