Like Drunk Driving, Drowsy Driving Causes Serious Injuries and Death on America’s Roadways
When you travel by plane or train there isn’t much you can do to speed up the trip. Traveling by automobile or truck or motorcycle is a different situation and many people try to “drive straight through” instead of taking some rest stops to recharge their batteries. This is not a prudent thing to do.
Last week was officially Drowsy Driving Prevention Week but it’s something we need to be aware of all the time and we should caution others about the dangers. If you know someone who likes to drive without proper rest you may want to want to make them aware of these facts:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration drowsy driving is responsible for an annual average of:
- 83,000 crashes
- 37,000 injury crashes
- 886 fatal crashes
How does sleepiness affect drivers? Studies show that driving without adequate sleep makes drivers less attentive, affects their decision-making ability, and slows reaction time.
Preventing Drowsy Driving Accidents
- Get at least 7 hours of sleep before embarking on a long trip.
- Never take medication that might cause drowsiness before you drive.
- On long trips take a break every 100 miles or every two hours.
- If you feel your eyelids “getting heavy” it’s time to pull over and rest.
- If you have to roll down the windows and drink coffee to stay awake, stop and rest. Those things are short-term and won’t stop you from nodding off.
The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has seen it all in our many years dealing with serious crashes and injuries, and many cases have involved drowsy driving. If you have been involved in any kind of accident it is always best to get professional legal advice about how to proceed. We answer our phones 7 days a week so please call 954-356-0006 at your convenience.
Personal Injury Attorneys in Weston and Fort Lauderdale Florida
Personal Injury Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale and Weston, Florida
You May Only Have One Shot to Get What You Deserve
Many motor vehicle accident claims follow a pattern like this:
The victim calls the insurance company and reports the incident. The insurance company responds with their assessment of the damage to the vehicle, offers a check, and says they’ll pay the medical bills later when they are final.
That process often results in a completely unacceptable settlement and people later have regrets.
Most drivers shop for insurance based on cost. They read the benefits like collision and injury coverage as bullet points but don’t understand the details. They may see that the company will allow for a rental car during repairs but they don’t know for how long.
We have two tips at this point:
Before an Accident
Be meticulous when shopping for car, truck, or motorcycle insurance. Read the fine print and ask questions – then consider costs. Always read the entire policy first and buy the best insurance you can afford.
After an Accident
Once again, read the fine print or better, have an experienced personal injury attorney help you. This is where you will want to maximize the value of your settlement. Insurance companies don’t enjoy paying large claims and they’ll avoid it.
We always caution people not to rush into a fast settlement because once a case is “settled” you may never have the chance to go back and obtain compensation for
- Future Medical Complications
- Inadequate Repairs
- Delayed Actions from Other Parties
- Hidden Damages
- Expenses that Were Paid but not Reimbursed
We know how to conduct an extensive review of every insurance policy to make sure our clients receive every dollar that is due to them. We also make sure others involved in an accident pay what they are responsible for and if necessary we go to court to get justice.
We’re here to answer your questions with a free consultation in person or online. Just call 954-356-0006 and you’ll connect directly with Gary or Arleen Lazarus.