Experienced Idaho Personal Injury Attorneys Helping Victims of Drowsy Driving Car Accidents in Twin Falls & Boise
Driving while extremely fatigued might not sound dangerous, but it is. Drivers who get behind the wheel when they can barely stay awake pose as great a threat to the lives of other drivers as do drivers who have used drugs or had too much to drink. These reckless drivers deserve to pay the consequences when they cause a car accident due to their fatigue.
Skilled and dedicated help after an accident
If you’re an Idaho resident who has been injured in a drowsy driving car crash, you may have a right to money damages for your injuries. While not always simple to prove that a driver was fatigued at the time of an accident, a seasoned attorney will know how to use advanced factual investigation methods, eyewitness evidence, and expert witness testimony to show the court that the driver who caused your injuries was behaving negligently or recklessly by driving while fatigued. The Boise personal injury attorneys at Pedersen & Whitehead are seasoned trial advocates who have the education and experience to fight for the damages you deserve after a personal injury accident. Contact our offices today for a no-cost consultation on your Twin Falls or Boise car accident.
Fatigue makes drivers extremely dangerous
The Governors Highway Safety Association has estimated that about 5,000 people were killed in accidents caused by drowsy driving in 2015. Even if a fatigued driver doesn’t fall asleep behind the wheel, driving while extremely fatigued can slow down a driver’s reaction times to hazards in the road. One study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers who got only five or six hours’ sleep in the prior 24 hours were almost twice as likely to be involved in a crash than a driver who got seven or more hours’ sleep. When a driver only got four or five hours’ sleep, they were found to be as dangerous on the road as a driver who had a blood alcohol level of .08%, the legal threshold indicating intoxication.
Although a driver’s fatigue can’t be measured with a chemical test, conscientious drivers can tell when they are too tired to be safe on the road. When these fatigued drivers can tell that they’re a danger on the road but choose to drive anyway, they can be held liable for the injuries they cause.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Idaho crash with a drowsy driver, seek the compensation you deserve by contacting the dedicated, compassionate, and effective Twin Falls personal injury lawyers at Pedersen & Whitehead for a consultation at 208-734-2552, with additional offices in Boise at 208-336-2552.