Buffalo, New York, Car Accidents Caused By Driver Fatigue

Top Driver Fatigue Car Accident Attorneys in Buffalo, New York

Jed Dietrich, Esq., Recognized as a Super Lawyer, and His Team of Lawyers at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. Will Fight to Obtain the Best Result for Your Buffalo, New York Driver Fatigue Car Accident Case.

Driver FatigueWestern New Yorkers are not strangers to long commutes. While spending hours on the road is a daily occurrence for many, it is important for all drivers to understand that long stretches of solitary driving can become dangerous. Driving while sleep-deprived or drowsy can lead to car accidents, and these car accidents can cause serious personal injuries or even death.

The Dietrich Law Firm P.C., located in Buffalo, New York, understands the devastating impact a driver fatigue car accident can have. If you, or a loved one, suffered a serious personal injury as a result of a driver fatigue car accident, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The battle-tested team of Buffalo, New York driver fatigue car accident lawyers at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. will fight diligently to get you the compensation you are owed. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Call us at 716-839-3939 or contact us online today!

What Is Driver Fatigue?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) define driver fatigue as “the dangerous combination of driving and sleepiness or fatigue.” Fatigued driving is frequently referred to as “drowsy driving.” The CDC estimate that 6,000 fatal car accidents result from collisions caused by driver fatigue each year. In order to prevent driver fatigue, it is important to understand what causes it. The CDC list the following causes of driver fatigue:

  1. General lack of sleep or weariness after a long or stressful day;
  2. Sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea, which may or may not be diagnosed or treated;
  3. Side effects of a medication, particularly if the medication is new or not regularly taken;
  4. Consumption of alcohol or drugs prior to driving; and
  5. Shift work, especially when it disrupts or prevents a regular sleeping schedule.

Both the CDC and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) emphasize that drowsy driving can cause dangerous behaviors. Driving while drowsy can cause drivers to have slow reaction times or render them unable to pay attention to their surroundings. At worst, driver fatigue can cause a driver to fall asleep behind the wheel and ultimately lose control of the vehicle. All of these behaviors can lead to an accident. These accidents can have devastating consequences for the fatigued driver, passengers in their car, and other drivers on the road.

In order to prevent a driver fatigue accident, it is important to recognize the symptoms of driver fatigue. These symptoms might include:

  1. Yawning or blinking frequently;
  2. Struggling to keep your eyes open;
  3. Drifting between lanes or hitting the rumble strip on the side of the highway; and
  4. Missing exits, turns, or nearly running stop signs or stoplights.

Driver Fatigue AccidentsDriver fatigue can also be prevented by ensuring you get plenty of sleep and stick to a regular sleep schedule as much as possible. It is especially important to get plenty of sleep before a long drive. The NHTSA recommends checking prescriptions or medications for drowsiness warnings and not drinking alcohol before driving. Drivers should also avoid driving at the peak sleepiness hours, which occur after midnight and before dawn for most people.

You can help others stay safe by suggesting shared driving responsibilities during a long road trip. If you have a family member or loved one whom you think might be too drowsy to drive, encourage them to remain home, offer them a ride, or suggest using an alternate method of transportation like cabs, ride-shares, or public transportation.

Have you suffered a serious personal injury as a result of a driver fatigue car accident? The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. can help. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of hardworking driver fatigue car accident lawyers in Buffalo, New York, have a track record of success with driver fatigue car accident cases. We will be happy to provide you with a FREE consultation on your case, and there will be no fee until we win for you! Contact the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., and let us begin the fight for you today!

Impact of a Driver Fatigue Accident

Driver Fatigue ImpactsDriver fatigue can lead to serious car accidents, and these accidents can cause a variety of personal injuries. Some possible car accident injuries include, but are not limited to:

  1. Traumatic brain injuries;
  2. Concussions;
  3. Fractures;
  4. Lacerations from glass or metal;
  5. Airbag injuries;
  6. Whiplash;
  7. Neck and back injuries; and
  8. Death.

Many of these injuries can be life-threatening or cause the need for long-term medical care. Medical care can be costly, and the expenses can pile up. If you feel overwhelmed by the steep cost of medical treatment for your Buffalo, New York driver fatigue car accident, contact the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. today. The top rated Buffalo, New York driver fatigue car accident lawyers at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. will handle your case with care and compassion while fighting to get you the compensation you deserve.

Fatigued drivers put all others on the road with them at risk when they get behind the wheel. You could be at risk as a passenger in the car with a fatigued driver or driving or riding in another vehicle in close proximity. Even pedestrians are at risk of injury from a fatigued driver. If you were injured in a car accident and this accident was the result of a driver’s fatigue, you might be entitled to compensation for the following:

  1. Long-term and short-term medical expenses;
  2. Lost wages due to missed work; and
  3. Pain and suffering.

If you were injured as a result of a driver fatigue-related car accident, you might be eligible for significant compensation. The highly experienced team of driver fatigue car accident attorneys at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. strives to provide the highest level of personal injury service to the people of Western New York. We will fight diligently and tenaciously to get you the compensation and peace of mind you deserve. Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. at 716-839-3939 today!


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