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Fatigued Driving

A fatigued driver can be dangerous to all other motorists and pedestrians on the road. Even just a few seconds of sleep can result in a deadly accident if the drowsy driver swerves onto a sidewalk or in another lane of traffic. Driving while fatigued can make it difficult to focus on the surroundings, impairing judgment, and slowing reflexes. If you were injured in a car crash that involved a drowsy driver, the auto accident lawyers at Loncar Lyon Jenkins can help. Our legal team has handled countless drowsy driving accidents over the years and knows what it takes to build a strong case that will hold the fatigued driver accountable for their negligence.

What Are the Dangers of Drowsy Driving?

A drowsy driver poses a major risk to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Being tired can dull the senses, making it difficult for an exhausted driver to focus on the road and their surroundings. Exhaustion can also make a driver forgetful. 
A fatigued driver may also:

  • Speed
  • Not brake in time
  • Miss stop signs, red lights, and exits
  • Drive off the shoulder of the road
  • Have trouble keeping their head up
  • Tailgate
  • Have poor judgment in timing turns or gauging gaps in traffic

The biggest risk of driving while fatigued is falling asleep behind the wheel. Doing so can result in a serious accident, such as a T-bone accident, head-on collision, rollover accident, or rear-end collision.

Because a fatigued driving accident is both preventable and dangerous, a driver found to be driving while fatigued can be held liable for monetary damages, should they end up in a car crash with another vehicle.

Drunk Driving Vs. Fatigued Driving

Many experts have stated that driving while fatigued is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. Like an intoxicated driver, a drowsy driver has reduced reaction times, poor judgment, and may be less aware of their surroundings. While it can be easy to spot a drunk driver, it can be more difficult to identify a fatigued driver. Since a drowsy driver often doesn’t realize when they’re starting to nod off a fatigued driving accident can occur at higher speeds. There may be no attempt to correct their driving after drifting into a different lane, or signs of braking, which makes a drowsy driver highly dangerous to all those sharing the road with them.

Fatigued Driving

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How Can An Auto Accident Attorney Help?

Since a drowsy driving accident case doesn’t always have clear-cut evidence, an accident victim will need an experienced auto accident lawyer in their corner. At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, our legal team can conduct an in-depth investigation and gather evidence that can prove the other driver was operating their vehicle while drowsy and should be held liable for the collision. 

At our firm, our legal team can also help by:

  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Obtaining a copy of the police report
  • Consulting with experts, such as accident reconstructionists
  • Obtaining copies of phone records
  • Assessing damages
  • Negotiating with the insurance company
  • Filing a lawsuit on your behalf if the insurance company refuses to make a fair settlement offer

When you work with an auto accident lawyer on our legal team, it can significantly increase your chances of a successful outcome. We know the tactics insurance companies try to use to limit payout or deny a claim and we will not back down. If the insurance company refuses to make a fair settlement offer, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf and present your case before a judge and jury. The majority of the time, these cases are settled out of court. An insurance company does not want to take the risk of paying more. When you have a car accident attorney from Loncar Lyon Jenkins on your side, you can feel confident that your case is in the very best of hands. 

What Do Drowsy Driving Accidents Occur?

Driver fatigue is a serious problem all over the country. Many motorists do not realize that their level of fatigue makes them unsafe to drive. Unfortunately, these types of accidents can result in serious injuries or even death. 

A drowsy driving accident can occur for many reasons, such as:

  • Driver is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and passes out behind the wheel
  • The driver has gone several hours without sleep
  • The driver is on a new medication and the side effect is drowsiness
  • The driver worked multiple shifts at their place of employment and is exhausted

What to Do If You See a Fatigued Driver On the Road

If you notice a driver who is braking erratically, yawning excessively, drifting into another lane, tailgating, or showing other signs of unsafe driving behavior, contact 911 right away and get as far away from that vehicle as possible. When you speak with the 911 dispatcher, provide as many details as possible, including the make and model of the car, the license plate number, and the motorist’s unsafe driving behaviors.

¿Qué es el plazo de prescripción en Texas?

In Texas, you will have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation for accident-related expenses. Failure to meet this important deadline can result in your case being dismissed from court. While two years may seem like a long time, hiring an auto accident lawyer as soon as possible will not only ensure your case is filed within the statute of limitations but will also give your case the best chance of success.

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At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, we offer free consultations to discuss your case. If you’ve been injured in an auto accident that was caused by a fatigued driver, contact an auto accident attorney at Loncar Lyon Jenkins as soon as possible. We can meet with you to go over your case, discuss your legal options and rights, and determine the best course of action moving forward. At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, we will work tirelessly to help you recover the compensation you deserve, for an accident that was caused by the negligence of another.

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Teléfono: +1 214 747 0422

Fax: 214.382.5838

424 S. Cesar Chavez Blvd. Dallas TX 75201