Too many people get behind the wheel when they are too sleepy to drive safely. The drowsy driving accidents they cause injure innocent drivers and pedestrians as well as themselves. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 83,000 accidents across the country are caused by fatigued driving each year.
If you have been involved in a car accident in Elizabeth City, the Outer Banks or elsewhere in Northeastern North Carolina, Glover Law Firm can help determine if drowsy driving or other negligence played a role. We’ll work hard to secure compensation for you.
Identifying a Fatigued or Drowsy Driver
Sleepiness, fatigue or drowsiness slows reaction time, makes drivers less attentive and impairs decision-making skills – all of which can contribute to auto accidents.
A drowsy driving accident can be identified by the lack of braking or other attempts to avoid the crash, such as swerving, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. These accidents make up a major portion of rear-end and head-on collisions as well as crashes caused by drifting from one lane into another or running stop signs, stoplights and other traffic signals.
Fatigued driving is most common at night or during the mid-afternoon. Shift workers and students who work part-time are more likely to be drowsy drivers than others.
Evidence that Glover Law Firm can collect in order to determine if fatigue played a role in your crash includes:
- School and work attendance records
- Cell phone data
- Receipts from stores, fast-food restaurants, ATMs or gas pumps.
This information can detail activity over a period of time and indicate, for instance, that a driver had been on a long trip or worked an extended shift without rest.
Important evidence may also include:
- Witnesses to a driver’s activity and demeanor prior to the accident
- Prescriptions for medication that causes drowsiness.
Our Elizabeth City & Outer Banks Car Accident Lawyers Handle Drowsy Driving Accidents
Investigating the causes of car accidents is what we do at Glover Law Firm. Our attorneys have worked hard to secure record-setting results for clients throughout Northeastern North Carolina.
Our goal is to get to the truth of what happened in your crash and determine who should be held responsible for your losses, including your medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.
We can compile evidence and present it to the insurance companies involved in your crash and pursue a full and fair settlement for you. When insurers are still reluctant to do what’s right, we will be ready to convince a jury.
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