When people drive while sleep-deprived it can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. When overly exhausted drivers get behind the wheel of a car, truck, or motorcycle they are putting their lives, as well as the lives of their passengers and others on the road, at extremely serious, often fatal, risks. Fatigued driving, otherwise known as drowsy driving, can result in accidents that produce over 40,000 injuries and over 1,500 deaths each year here in the United States. If you were the victim of a "driving drowsy" accident, or if you have lost someone close to you due to the negligence of another driver who knew they were too tired but chose to drive anyway, the personal injury lawyers at Dallas W. Hartman Attorneys at Law can help you collect the compensation you deserve.
Helping Injured People for over 25 years
Dallas W. Hartman's experienced motor vehicle accident lawyers know that driving while exhausted or fatigued is irresponsibly thoughtless behavior that often ends up with innocent people getting hurt or losing their lives. We have helped protect people like you in these types of motor vehicle accident in Pennsylvania and Ohio for over 25 years.
Drowsy Driving just as dangerous as Drunk Driving
State officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's public safety campaign, Just Drive PA, claim that people who drive while overly tired are often times just as dangerous as people who drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol. They report that being overly fatigued can impair a driver's reaction time, vision, field-of-depth judgment, and overall attentiveness. Researchers also claim that if a person is awake for over 18 hours, then decides to drive, it is the equivalent of blood alcohol content (BAC) of .05%. Someone who has been awake for an entire 24-hour cycle is said to experience similar effects to that of someone with a BAC of .10%. In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08% or higher.
So, why is this happening? The truth is that most people who drive fatigued fail to realize how much their tiredness affects important virtues of driving such as depth-of-field, reaction time, and focused vision. In some of the most serious accidents where victims were killed or brutally injured, drivers claim that they actually fell asleep at the wheel. Experts say that falling asleep at the wheel, depending on road conditions, becomes fatal in less than two seconds. In a recent study done by AAA, over 40% of those polled admit to have fallen asleep while driving, even if just for a brief moment, at one point or another in their lives while driving.
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Our team of highly experienced motor vehicle accident attorneys agree that people who drive tired, like those who drive under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, should be held responsible for their dangerously careless behavior. So, if you have been hurt by someone who is considered to be a "fatigued driver" our team will fight for your right to gain compensation for things such as personal injury, death, medical expenses, lost wages due to missed time at work, and of course vehicle damages. Call the lawyers at Dallas W. Hartman Attorneys at Law today for a free preliminary consultation at (toll free) 866-586-1910, or contact us via email, and let us help you through this difficult time in your life. Call today.