St. Louis Fatigued Driving Accident Attorney
Representation when you’re injured by a drowsy or fatigued driver
- When someone is drowsy behind the wheel, they don’t put just themselves at danger, but everyone else on the road as well. Fatigued driving has the potential to cause catastrophic crashes – it is almost always a deadly combination. In fact, many studies show that drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving, as being fatigued can impair judgement just as much as alcohol or drugs.
Here at The Hayden Law Firm, we protect injured victims of fatigued driving accidents. If you have been injured in a drowsy driving crash, or if a loved one lost their life, we have the knowledge and the resources to help. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer from our firm today for the representation you need – we work to secure financial compensation for your injuries. For more information, contact us today for a free, no-risk consultation. We serve the greater St. Louis area and Illinois.
What is fatigued driving?
Fatigued driving is just what it sounds like – driving while drowsy or tired. We know the obvious dangers of falling asleep at the wheel, but even being just tired or sleepy can greatly affect a person’s ability to drive safely. Drowsy driving can affect anyone, anytime, anywhere.
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The National Safety Council reports:
- Half of American drivers admit to driving while fatigued
- About 20% of drivers admit to have fallen asleep behind the wheel
- Driving after 20 hours without sleep is comparable to driving with a BAC level of 0.08%, the legal limit for drunk driving
- Fatigued drivers are three times more likely to have a car accident
- Approximately 328,000 drowsy driving crashes happen every year
- People under age 25 make up at least 50% of fatigued drivers that cause accidents
The CDC also notes that the people most likely to drive while fatigued include:
- “Drivers who do not get enough sleep
- Commercial drivers who operate vehicles such as tow trucks, tractor trailers, and buses
- Shift workers (who work the night shift or long shifts)
- Drivers with untreated sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, where breathing repeatedly stops and starts
- Drivers who use medications that make them sleepy”
It is important to recognize the signs of fatigued driving – whether you spot a drowsy driver on the road, or are starting to feel tired yourself.
What are the signs of fatigued and drowsy driving?
If you recognize any of these warning signs in yourself or in another driver, pull over to a safe place to rest or switch to an awake and alert driver.
- Difficulty focusing or keeping attention on the road
- Difficulty remembering the last few miles you drove
- Drifting out of your lane
- Frequent yawning and blinking
- Head bobbing and trouble keeping eyes open
- Hitting the rumble strip on the roadside
- Improper driving behavior, like tailgating, inappropriate speed, running traffic signs
- Memory lapse or “zoning out”
- Missing your exit
You can lower your risk of a fatigue-related accident by ensuring you get plenty of sleep and, if possible, avoiding driving late at night. However, you can rarely avoid the reckless acts of other people, so if you are injured in a car crash that was not your fault, the Hayden Law Firm in St. Louis can help.
What kinds of injuries result from fatigued driving crashes?
- Broken and fractured bones
- Burn injuries
- Internal injuries
- Loss of limb injuries
- Neck, back, and shoulder injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
We will launch an investigation into your accident to determine the liable parties and demand compensation for your injuries and losses. Our record of wins for our clients speaks for itself, but we urge you to contact us today to find out what we can do for you.
What if I’m partially at fault in a Missouri car crash?
Even if you are partially at fault for the auto accident in which you were injured, you may still be able to seek compensation for your injuries from the other negligent driver or party. However, the amount of compensation you receive depends on who is more at fault, according to Missouri’s comparative fault laws.
Comparative fault is a legal rule in Missouri in which each defendant is only liable for their percentage of fault (out of 100%) in an accident, and that determines the amount of damages they are able to receive. This means if your own negligence contributed to the crash you were involved in, your compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if a jury finds you 30 percent at fault, the court will reduce your total amount of damages by 30 percent. The Hayden Law Firm works to ensure you receive the fairest compensation possible.
What should I do if I was hit by a fatigued driver?
The steps you take after an accident with a drowsy driver can help protect your right to compensation if you decide to take legal action, as well as preserve any valuable evidence.
- Report the accident to authorities. Call 911 or the police to report the crash and any injuries and property damage. Ensure you request a copy of the police report, which will contain important information you will need regarding the accident.
- Get contact information. Exchange information with the other driver (but do not have any other conversation about the crash), including contact info, insurance info, and driver’s license number. Additionally, get the contact information of any witnesses to the accident. They may be invaluable to your case.
- Take lots of photos. If you can, take photos of the crash scene. Include the road conditions, the vehicles, damage, your injuries, and any other potential evidence at the scene of the accident.
- Seek medical attention. Your injuries should be your first priority after any type of accident, even if you don’t feel physically hurt immediately after the wreck. Get checked out anyway, follow your doctor’s instructions, and save all receipts and documents.
- Talk to The Hayden Law Firm. We can help you determine your next steps and the amount of compensation to which you are entitled for your injuries. We have over 15 years of experience handling a variety of personal injury cases, and we are ready to help you with yours.
How can The Hayden Law Firm help with my fatigued driving accident case?
If you or a loved one are injured in a St. Louis drowsy driving crash, we work to our utmost to secure compensation for your losses. First, we investigate the circumstances of your accident to find out exactly what occurred. We contact witnesses, comb through police reports, and gather evidence. If necessary, we reach out to our network of professional resources, like accident reconstructionists and others. We hold the responsible driver accountable for their negligence.
We will talk to you, your doctors, and your loved ones to find out exactly how your injuries have affected (and continue to affect) your life. We take into account your pain and suffering, your medical bills, and time lost off work as you take the time to heal from your injuries.
Lastly, we take on big insurance companies on your behalf. We know how to deal with insurance companies and adjusters, and work to ensure you secure the fair and just amount of compensation for your injuries. We won’t let you down.
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Fatigued driving crash lawyer in St. Louis
Driving while drowsy or fatigued can have the same effect as driving drunk. If you or a loved one were injured by a fatigued driver, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries and losses. The St. Louis attorneys at The Hayden Law Firm can help. Please call our offices at 314-480-3100 or fill out our contact form for a free, no-risk consultation. We are based in St. Louis, Missouri, but our firm proudly serves clients throughout Missouri and Illinois.