Fort Lauderdale Drowsy Driver Accident Attorneys Assist Victims
Proven Florida firm pursues compensation for people hit by tired motorists
Over one year in the United States, it is estimated that the number of auto accidents caused by drowsy drivers can exceed 70,000, and other studies say that sleep deprivation could be responsible for 6,000 road deaths annually. At Fazio, DiSalvo & Abers, P.A., we are drowsy driver accident attorneys in Fort Lauderdale who stand up for the rights of Floridians who have been hurt in vehicle collisions with fatigued motorists. Our firm assists injured individuals across Broward County, including Hollywood, Deerfield Beach and Sunrise. No matter what the at-fault driver or their insurance company claims, we know how to get to the truth of what happened and hold defendants accountable when their refusal to stop driving triggers a serious crash.
What are the warning signs of drowsy driving?
If you’re riding or sharing the road with someone who seems to be drifting across lanes, braking suddenly or changing speeds without explanation, this could indicate that they are too drowsy to drive.
The best advice for a motorist who is feeling fatigued is to stop and rest. Parking in a safe area and taking a short nap will make things safer for you and others around you. In other cases, a brief walk, meal or cup of coffee can help. Even if a police report does not mention fatigue as a potential accident cause, our review of the facts might uncover indications that the motorist who hit you was unfit to be on the road.
Who is most likely to drive drowsy?
Anyone behind the wheel might lack the rest they need to operate their vehicle safely. However, if you’ve been in a car crash and suspect that drowsy driving might have played a role, our attorneys can advise if the person who hit you is someone who might be more likely to be affected by fatigue. Long-haul truck drivers, night-shift workers, individuals with sleep disorders and drivers who have been drinking are particularly susceptible to dangerous fatigue while operating a vehicle.
How can investigators tell a driver fell asleep at the wheel?
With personal injury or wrongful death claims, proving that the accident was caused by a motorist’s drowsiness can be a complex task, but our attorneys have a deep understanding of these cases. When warranted, we bring in accident reconstruction specialists and other experts to investigate the facts and identify evidence that the driver was nodding off at the wheel. Our lawyers can speak with witnesses, analyze photographs and study the pre-crash behavior to develop a compelling case.
Who is liable for a drowsy driving accident in Fort Lauderdale?
Every driver is responsible for operating their vehicle in a safe manner. However, there are some cases in which a crash caused by fatigue can involve other parties besides the drowsy driver. For example, an employer or trucking company could be liable if they forced their employee to break the rules established to prevent drowsy driving. By speaking with an experienced Fort Lauderdale truck accident attorney, you can learn all of the individuals and entities who could be held liable for your collision.
Contact a Broward attorney for a free consultation if you’ve been hit by a drowsy driver
Fazio, DiSalvo & Abers, P.A. seeks proper compensation for South Florida residents who have been hurt in accidents involving drowsy motorists. We cover all of Broward County, including Davie, Pembroke Pines and other communities. To schedule a free initial consultation regarding your legal options, please call (954) 463-0585 or contact us online. We are located in Fort Lauderdale.