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All Pennsylvania drivers need to be alert and focused while on the road, but many people attempt to fight through their spells of yawning and heavy eyelids to get to destinations. While exhaustion or lack of sleep is commonly associated with commercial truck drivers who spend several hours on American highways, people in several other professions can be susceptible to being drowsy behind the wheel, including shift workers, business travelers, and people working in the airline industry.
Some of the times that fatigue may affect motorists include:
When a driver nods off or falls asleep at the wheel, he or she could drift into another lane of traffic and possibly cause a devastating collision. Victims in these crashes may suffer such serious injuries as severe fractures, paralysis, or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). In some cases, innocent people may be killed.
If a driver falls asleep while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, he or she can be civilly liable for the damage he or she causes in Pennsylvania. However, if that driver was operating a commercial vehicle, then his or her employer could also be negligent. Many trucking companies compel their drivers to stay behind the wheel even when they are exhausted so cargo can arrive at destinations on time.
Even if a motorist admits at the scene of the accident that he or she was drowsy or fell asleep while behind the wheel, his or her insurance company will still argue that any victims were also somehow negligent. In cases involving commercial vehicles, trucking companies may act quickly to falsify logbooks or get rid of evidence that indicates a driver had exceeded federal limits.
Our attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices work as a team to thoroughly investigate these cases and hold negligent parties accountable. Our firm represents clients on a contingency fee basis, which means that the people we serve pay us nothing unless we get them compensation first.
If you sustained catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in a motor vehicle accident caused by a drowsy or sleeping driver, call (610) 719-3190 right now to have our driver fatigue lawyers review your case and help you understand your legal options. We help residents of communities in Chester County, Lancaster County, Delaware County, Philadelphia County, and Montgomery County.
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