What if I caused a drowsy driving accident?

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Waking up to a major car accident can be disorienting and terrifying. The last thing you saw was the road in front of you and now you find yourself in an accident. A common concern for people in these situations is paying damages and being sued. Don’t panic because you may have legal options. If you’ve suffered bodily injury after an accident, consider speaking with a Jackson personal injury attorney.

Most common causes of drowsy driving

You may not have serious legal issues depending on what prompted you to fall asleep while driving. Familiarize yourself with the common causes of drowsiness while driving can help you with that. Some causes may not be considered completely negligent. Drowsy driving is common for:

  • Shift workers with unstable sleep patterns
  • Commercial drivers who drive long hours
  • Those who suffer from sleep disorders
  • Drugs that cause drowsiness
  • Unexpected medical emergencies like stroke or fainting
  • Mental disorders such as insomnia or narcolepsy

Determining what might have caused you to fall asleep is essential in defending yourself against a possible lawsuit. The other driver may try to sue you for additional compensation, leaving you with more financial loss. You may have a defense if you have fallen asleep due to a sleep disorder or other unexpected medical condition.

The catch, however, is that you shouldn’t know that this medical condition would make you fall asleep while driving. If a doctor has warned you not to drive, your defense could crumble. The same goes for drugs. You can only use drugs as a defense if you can prove that you didn’t know the drug would make you drowsy.

If you were just deprived of sleep, you might not have a good defense. Consider contacting a Jackson accident attorney to explore your legal options.

Consequences of drowsy driving

About 83,000 car accidents and 37,000 injuries are caused by drowsy driving accidents alone. Most of the people who cause these accidents are sleep deprived with less than six hours of sleep per night. What causes drowsy drivers to cause crashes is decreased reaction time, decision making, and less attention.

You may feel like you have few options if you caused the accident while falling asleep. However, gathering evidence of everything the other driver did to cause the crash is one way to strengthen your defense. To do this, take pictures of your injuries and the damage to your vehicle. Keep copies of your medical records, police report, and witness statements.

If you can find something the other driver may have done that could be considered negligent, you might stand a chance. Texting while driving and breaking traffic laws are just a few examples.

Jackson multi-vehicle accident lawyer

Recovering from a major drowsy driving accident is not easy, and the legal steps can often be confusing. Please feel free to contact the German law firm PLLC by calling (607) 487-0555 to speak to a Mississippi auto accident attorney for a consultation today. Our experienced legal team can help you claim compensation for your lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical costs. We can be found across Jackson, Madison, Gulfport, Oxford, and other cities in Mississippi.


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