New Haven Fatigued Driving Accident Lawyer
Fatigued driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving, yet people still choose to get behind the wheel when they haven’t had enough rest. According to a study performed by the National Sleep Foundation, about half of adults in the U.S. admitted to driving despite feeling tired. Around 20% admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel, while more than 40% claimed it happened at least once since they first started driving.
A fatigued driver puts not only themselves at risk of injury or death, but puts others in harm’s way as well. If you were hurt in an accident caused by a fatigued driver, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers right away for help. You could be owed significant compensation for the harm you’ve suffered, and we’ll be ready to help you get the justice you deserve.
Many people don’t realize the dangers of drowsy driving. Decreased reaction time and awareness of hazards can cause an accident with another motorist, bicyclist, or pedestrian. If a fatigued driver injured you in a crash, you should call Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation. Your New Haven fatigued driving accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Whether your accident was minor or severe, you shouldn’t have to pay for your medical treatment.
Common Factors That Increase the Risk of Accidents
Anyone driving when they’re drowsy might believe it’s not a big deal because they’ve done it many times before. Our daily schedules are jam-packed with work, school, errands, friends, relationships, and many other obligations. A lot of people are guilty of driving despite a lack of sleep or an exhausting workday. Below are the most common factors that can increase the risk of a car accident:
- Lack of sleep
- Certain Medications
- Consuming alcohol
- Untreated or undiagnosed sleep disorders
- Driving for extended periods without taking a break
- Driving a high amount of hours every day
When you cross paths with a fatigued driver, the results can be devastating. It’s easily preventable by getting enough sleep, but daily obligations sometimes don’t allow for that. Individuals more likely to drive when they’re feeling sleepy include the following:
- Drivers who don’t get a sufficient amount of sleep
- Shift workers, such as nurses, who work long shifts or night shifts
- Drivers with untreated sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea
- Drivers using medications that cause drowsiness
- Commercial drivers operating tractor-trailers or tow trucks
Hire A New Haven Fatigued Driving Accident Lawyer
Most people will try to handle their case on their own. That can prove to be a mistake. If you’re unfamiliar with the insurance claim process, you might not know the maximum settlement you can recover. Our attorneys understand how to maximize your claim and seek the justice you deserve. When you hire us, we will open a thorough investigation into your accident to uncover evidence that the other driver caused your crash. Some of the evidence we’ll obtain includes:
- Police reports
- Photos of your injuries
- Video surveillance of the accident
- Witness statements
- Your medical records and medical bills
We know the information and documentation we need to find to build a solid case for you. We’ll request a copy of the other driver’s insurance policy to determine how much money we can demand from their insurance company. Connecticut law requires all drivers to carry auto insurance with a minimum of $25,000 limit for bodily injury. An auto accident victim could be owed fair compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance policy, among other sources of compensation.
How An Auto Accident Claim Works
When we file a claim with the negligent individual’s insurance company, the adjuster assigned will request proof of negligence. We will provide them with all the evidence we found and any documentation we believe will help your case. The bodily injury limit listed in the policy will determine the maximum settlement you can receive. Your compensation can cover part or all of your damages, depending on the bodily injury limit.
Damages are intended to make an injured person “whole” after an accident. Your damages are all the expenses you’ve incurred while treating your injuries. The damages you might be entitled to includes:
- Medical Expenses: Past or future treatment needed for your injuries, including hospital stays, ER visits, ambulance services, home health care, surgery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and prescription medicines.
- Emotional Distress: Emotional or psychological trauma caused by your accident, such as anxiety or PTSD.
- Pain and suffering: Significant physical pain that was directly caused by your accident and prevents you from enjoying your daily life.
- Lost Wages: Salary, commissions, bonuses, and promotions you were unable to earn as a direct result of your injuries.
- Loss of Consortium: Loved ones can file a claim if their relationship with the injured party was affected after the accident.
- Death Benefits: If an individual dies because of the accident, immediate family members can seek compensation for damages, such as funeral and burial costs.
Your New Haven fatigued driving accident attorney will aggressively negotiate with the insurance company, so you receive the maximum settlement possible. If the insurance company denies your claim or offers less than you deserve, we will file a lawsuit. In auto accidents, a lawsuit can be filed against the at-fault driver’s insurance company, as well as the driver. Punitive damages are meant to punish the driver for their reckless actions. In Connecticut, there is a two-year statute of limitations for all auto accidents. That means you only have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit with the court.
Call Our New Haven Fatigued Driving Accident Attorney Today
The New Haven car accident attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers have the legal knowledge and experience to reach a favorable outcome in your car accident case. We will handle every legal aspect of your situation so you can focus on your recovery. We will be there for you every step of the way to provide the emotional support you need. An auto accident can be a devastating time in a person’s life. The effects of being injured, unable to work, and stressed about paying for medical bills can seem overwhelming. We will work hard to resolve your claim as quickly as possible.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we’re proud of the reputation we’ve been able to build. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients over the years. When you hire us, we will make ourselves available when you need us. Our legal professionals are available 24/7 to assist you with any issues you have. You can schedule a free consultation, so there’s no risk or obligation to speak with us. We’ll be happy to sit down with you to review the details of your accident and advise what your options are. Call us at (203) 397-1283 right now for your free consultation with one of our dedicated attorneys.