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Driver Fatigue Car Accident Lawyer

Driver fatigue is a serious danger that causes thousands of accidents each year. Research to quantify the exact numbers of fatigue-related accidents is much more difficult than cases of alcohol-impaired accidents because there is no measurable test. With extensive experience in resolving Chicago auto accident cases, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC uses proven litigation techniques to obtain direct evidence of a driver's sleep habits at the time of a collision. These techniques allow us to establish that fatigue contributed to an auto accident when the case is presented to a judge and jury.

Driver Fatigue Car Accident Injury Crash Data Illinois

Slowed Reaction Time Due To Drowsiness

Fatigue leads to car accidents because it impairs reaction time, reduces attentiveness, and causes problems with processing and integrating information. The danger with sleepiness is that once a person sits still, gets bored, or drives long distances, the motorist starts to let down their coping defenses that could likely lead to falling asleep at the wheel.

Common Circumstances Involved In Driver Fatigue Motor Vehicle Accidents

There are circumstances or characteristics to determine if driver fatigue was involved in the accident including:

  • Accident occurs late night/early morning (predominant) or mid-afternoon
  • Serious crash
  • Single vehicle leaves road
  • High-speed road
  • Driver makes no attempt to avoid crash
  • Driver is alone
  • Driver is with family members or close friends

Groups at higher risk for fatigue-related crashes include young people (16-29), shift workers who work at night or long and irregular hours, people who use sedative medications, and people with untreated or unrecognized sleep disorders (sleep apnea, narcolepsy).

US Fatalities from Fatigues Driving

Explanations Behind The Outbreak Of Sleepy Drivers

There are several causes of drowsy driving including acute sleep loss, job-related sleep restriction, personal demands, lifestyle choices, sleep fragmentation, and circadian factors. Seven to nine hours of sleep is needed for optimal performance, and less than four hours of sleep impairing attentiveness. Drivers can create a sleep debt causing chronic sleepiness by losing one to two hours of sleep a night.

Improving The Safety Of Drivers, Passengers & Other Sharing The Road

Educating people about steps they can take to reduce the risk of driver fatigue can help reduce the incidence of fatigue-related accidents. Simple suggestions such as getting enough sleep, not drinking alcohol when sleepy, and limiting driving between midnight and 6 a.m. can make a difference. Then, the important thing for people to do is to recognize driver fatigue.

If a driver starts to feel sleepy, they should stop and take a nap and have caffeine or have a passenger take a turn driving. However, it is important to realize that stimulants such as caffeine can mask how sleepy a person becomes. Finally, it should be noted that getting adequate sleep and preventing drowsiness is better than taking remedial measures. Along with educating the driving public, rumble strips installed on the roadway are effective to alert drivers of possible impairment. If motorists can take steps to avoid driving while drowsy, the number of driver fatigue-related accidents can be reduced.

Serious Car Accident Attorneys in Chicago, IL

Driver Fatigue Car AccidentsIf you or a family member was involved in a serious car accident our Chicago automobile accident attorneys would like to speak to you regarding your legal rights. Contact us today. Our team is experienced at prosecuting these matters and work hard to get to the underlying cause of the crash. Give our team a call today at (847) 835-8895 so we can begin the process of getting the justice you deserve for your injuries.

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Jonathan Rosenfeld was professionally objective, timely, and knowledgeable. Also, his advice was extremely effective regarding my case. In addition, Jonathan was understanding and patient pertaining to any of my questions or concerns. I was very happy with the end result and I highly recommend Jonathan Rosenfeld. Michonne Proulx
Extremely impressed with this law firm. They took control of a bad motorcycle crash that left my uncle seriously injured. Without any guarantee of a financial recovery, they went out and hired accident investigators and engineers to help prove how the accident happened. I am grateful that they worked on a contingency fee basis as there was no way we could have paid for these services on our own. Ethan Armstrong
This lawyer really helped me get compensation for my motorcycle accident case. I know there is no way that I could have gotten anywhere near the amount that Mr. Rosenfeld was able to get to settle my case. Thank you. Daniel Kaim
Jonathan helped my family heal and get compensation after our child was suffered a life threatening injury at daycare. He was sympathetic and in constant contact with us letting us know all he knew every step of the way. We were so blessed to find Jonathan! Giulia
Jonathan did a great job helping my family navigate through a lengthy lawsuit involving my grandmother's death in a nursing home. Through every step of the case, Jonathan kept my family informed of the progression of the case. Although our case eventually settled at a mediation, I really was impressed at how well prepared Jonathan was to take the case to trial. Lisa