Nassau County Sleep Deprivation Car Accident
One of the most dangerous things that a driver can do is get behind the wheel without having the proper amount of rest. Drivers who are tired are at risk at falling asleep. However, falling asleep is not the only reason that drowsy drivers end up in accidents. Being awake but fatigued or feeling drowsy is enough to significantly increase the risk of an accident. Fatigue affects judgment and slows response time to the same extent that drinking alcohol does. Thus, fatigued drivers may not be able to properly respond to the movement of other vehicles, road conditions, weather conditions, and hazards. As a result the fatigued driver may cause an accident that leaves victims with catastrophic injuries. For example, it is not uncommon for a victim to suffer a traumatic brain injury such as a severe concussion, or a life-changing spinal cord injury that leave the victim paralyzed. Such injuries are not only physically and emotionally painful they also can cause the victim to fall into deep debt since the victim may have to miss a substantial amount of work. If you are considering contacting a New York Injury Lawyer because you or a loved one suffered a serious injury in a car accident caused by a sleep deprived driver, it is critical that you immediately contact an experienced Nassau County Sleep Deprivation Car Accidents Lawyer who will work diligently to ensure that you receive compensation for your losses through a personal injury or wrongful death claim.Common causes of sleep deprivation
There are variety of reasons that a driver may experience deprivation. The most obvious reason is failing to get enough hours of sleep prior to getting behind the wheel. However, there are other factors related to sleep deprivation that are more complicated, including:
- Side effects of prescription or over-the-counter medications
- Medical treatments
- Sleep disorders
- Sleep disturbances
- Poor quality sleep
- Drinking or drug use
- Hormonal changes
Anything which causes a person to have too little sleep or poor quality of sleep can cause that person to drive drowsy putting other drivers at risk.Consequences of driving while drowsy
If a driver is sleep deprived there is a good chance that that driver will cause an accident leaving another person with serious injuries. This may be due to the driver falling asleep while driving or because the driver was not alert enough to properly maneuver the car. If you were injured in an accident because another driver was too fatigued to effectively operate a vehicle, through a personal injury lawsuit there are number of different types of damages that you may be able to recover:
- Medical expenses. The person responsible for the accident that caused your injuries may be required to pay for your medical expenses. This would include medical bills you accumulated prior to filing your claim as well as future medical expenses related to the treatment of your injury.
- Lost wages. Even a relatively minor accident may cause you to miss time at work. The person responsible may be required to pay the wages you lost. If you end up using earned sick days or vacation days, you may be entitled to receive compensation for those days. Furthermore, if as a result of your injury your earning potential declined, you may be able to recover damages for loss of future earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering. Another potential source of damages that you may be entitled to receive is pain and suffering. In the context of a personal injury claim, pain and suffering refers to physical pain as well as emotional distress.
- Property damage. The person whose negligence caused the accident may also be responsible for damage to your vehicle or other property.
Through a personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible for the accident not only will you be able to hold that person accountable for his or her negligent acts, but you will also get the funds that will provide you and your family with needed financial relief. To ensure that your rights are protected it is important that you are represented by someone with experience representing victims of car accidents. The staff at Stephen Bilkis and Associates has extensive experience representing clients injured in car accidents, truck accidents, as well as other types of vehicle accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your car accident.