Cape Girardeau Driver Fatigue Car Accidents
Fatigue is not something to take lightly when getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Countless studies have shown how fatigue affects body chemistry and cognitive function, with many reports showing that some extreme levels of fatigue have comparable effects to that of alcohol. Driver fatigue can lead to catastrophic accidents that can leave everyone with grave injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a driver fatigue car accident that was caused by another driver in or near Cape Girardeau, you should contact one of the Cape Girardeau car accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. As a large regional personal injury law firm, we are comprised of more than 30 knowledgeable attorneys and over 120 committed staff members.Fatigued Driving Statistics
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released the following statistics regarding driving while tired or fatigued.
- 21% of fatal accidents involve driver fatigue
- Drowsy driving is involved in 13% of accidents in which a person is hospitalized, 7% of accidents in which a person received medical treatment, and 6% of accidents in which at least one vehicle was towed from the scene
In Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties, recovering damages for the injuries and losses you sustained due to a collision caused by a fatigued driver will likely require you to establish the negligence of the other driver. Negligence can be established by showing that the other driver caused you to suffer injuries because he or she breached a duty of reasonable that you were owed. Photographing your injuries, the scene of the accident, and the damage caused is a positive first step to strengthening your claim, but you should retain an experienced lawyer to assist you in substantiating your case.
To illustrate an example of a fatigued driving accident, let’s say that you are driving on South West End Boulevard and headed toward the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, which is located at 1121 Linden Street, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703. Coming from the opposite direction in the other lane is a car, but the driver of said car got very little sleep the night before. The fatigued driver ends up dozing off and abruptly turning his steering wheel, which caused him to veer into your lane and collide headfirst into your vehicle. The accident leaves you with whiplash, head trauma, and other common injuries experienced by victims of car crashes.
After being injured in a motor vehicle collision, it is imperative that you seek medical attention. Many people injured in the area go to AFC Urgent Care Cape Girardeau, Southeast Hospital, Saint Francis Medical Center, or some other nearby medical facility. Ultimately, the most important thing is that your injuries are tended to by a medical professional. Your claim can also benefit from you obtaining proof of your injuries in the form of medical documentation, since your injuries affect what types of damages you may be awarded.Consult an NST Lawyer Today About Your Case
When someone gets behind the wheel while fatigued, dire consequences can arise in the form of a collision. Driver fatigue car accidents can leave those involved in the crash with horrific injuries that may be permanent and debilitating. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we help victims of car collisions in Cape Girardeau, Caruthersville, Hayti, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Jackson, Tupelo, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Meridian, and in other communities throughout Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Kentucky. Contact us today by calling us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free appointment with a motor vehicle accident attorney. Let us show you why NST is the way to go.