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The NSC Tackles Drowsy Driving Awareness in November

Published in Car Accidents on November 7, 2019.

According to the most recent statistics, fatigued driving is a bigger problem than ever around Macon, Georgia. Specifically, drivers who choose to operate their vehicles while fatigued cause in excess of 6,400 deaths nationally in a given year. When Macon car drivers and truck operators get behind the wheel while fatigued, they can bring about serious accidents that lead to personal injuries and other damages. 

Fortunately, The National Sleep Foundation is taking the bull by the horns, so to speak, and has joined with the National Safety Council (NSC) declared the week of November 3 through November 10, 2019, to be Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. The purpose of this week is to draw drivers’ attention to these alarming statistics, to make them aware of the dangers of driving while fatigued, and to encourage them to make the right choices when it comes to operating their motor vehicles on roadways and highways. 

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision that was caused by a drowsy driver, a knowledgeable Macon car accident lawyer at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law can help you decide on the best legal option that works for your case and can assist you throughout your case. 

Call us today at (478) 746-1468 or contact us online to learn more about how we could help you handle your legal matter. 

Accidents Caused by Fatigued Drivers

Fatigued driving can lead to all sorts of motor vehicle and/or pedestrian accidents on Macon roadways. When drivers have not had the proper amount of sleep, they can suffer from delayed reaction time while behind the wheel. Similarly, their reflexes react more slowly than if they had had the proper amount of sleep prior to operating their vehicles. All of this could result in a serious motor vehicle collision. Some common types of accidents caused by fatigued drivers include the following:

  • Pedestrian accidents where the vehicle driver causes his or her vehicle to collide with a pedestrian in a parking lot, on a sidewalk, or in a crosswalk
  • Collisions that occur in the middle of the roadway when a driver falls asleep at the wheel and loses control of his or her vehicle (sometimes where the fatigued driver’s vehicle drifts into another lane of travel)
  • Collisions that occur when a fatigued driver fails to pay attention to his or her surroundings and strikes a stationary object located in the middle of the road or on the roadway shoulder

Filing a Claim or Lawsuit Arising out of an Accident

If you are a passenger or another driver who was injured in an accident that was caused by a fatigued driver, then you may be eligible to bring a legal cause of action or file a lawsuit against the driver who was at fault for your accident. In order to bring a claim or a lawsuit, you must be able to demonstrate that the at-fault driver violated his or her legal duty of care by operating a vehicle while fatigued. Furthermore, you must show that the driver’s negligence led to all of the injuries and damages which you experienced in your accident. 

Contact a Macon Car Accident Lawyer Today

Let the personal injury attorneys at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Macon car accident attorney, please call us at (478) 746-1468 or contact us online to learn more about how we could help. 

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