Rhode Island Drowsy Driver Accident Attorneys
For some reason, society does not seem to take drowsy driving as seriously as, say, drunk driving. Studies clearly show, though, that driving while tired is every bit as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs — and just as likely to result in a devastating or deadly auto accident.
The truth is that most Americans are functioning on far too little sleep in their daily lives. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warned that insufficient sleep has become a “public health epidemic.” Getting too little sleep is not only bad for individual health but it also contributes increased negligence in society, especially where the highways are concerned.
No matter how common driver fatigue may be, though — and regardless of how demanding one’s daily schedule can become — there is never an excuse for driving while drowsy. Doing so puts lives at real risk.
At Bottaro Law Firm, LLC, we know the cost of driver fatigue all too well. As personal injury attorneys serving Rhode Island and Massachusetts, we have seen far too many families suffer the headache and heartbreak of a devastating drowsy driving accident.
Of course, drowsy drivers never mean to cause an accident. Rather, they push themselves to drive when they shouldn’t, often believing that they can make it “just a little further” before pulling over or reaching their destinations. But sleep is sneaky, and it often overtakes drivers before they realize it (and with little warning).
It only takes one moment — a single nod of the head — to cause a devastating accident. That’s why proper rest and attentive driving are so important.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car crash and you believe driver fatigue may have been a factor, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation for your damages, pain, and suffering.
Unfortunately, the at-fault drivers and their insurance companies are quick to deny allegations of driver fatigue. Insurers are notorious for offering lowball settlements in these cases, which is why you should never accept an insurance offer without talking to an experienced lawyer first.
As Rhode Island drowsy driver accident attorneys, we are well versed in this area of law. We can advise you as to whether an insurance company’s offer is fair or not, and we have years of experience in standing up against negligent drivers and their insurers in order to make sure they pay everything they owe.
We understand that drowsy driving is sometimes hard to prove, but we also know that most accidents happen as a result of driver negligence, often including driver fatigue. Our firm maintains valuable relationships with investigative experts who can help us determine the cause of your crash and hold at-fault parties accountable for their irresponsible decisions and behavior.
Our goal is to maximize your compensation, and we work hard to see that happen.
Truck Driver Fatigue Is a Special Area of Concern
Driver fatigue affects all drivers, regardless of their age, the type of vehicles they drive, or the roads they spend time on. But one category of vehicles has proven especially prone to driver fatigue, and it deserves special consideration. Commercial trucks, including semi-trailer trucks and big rigs, are infamous for a high occurrence of drowsy driving accidents.
There are a number of reasons for that. Commercial truck drivers are often asked to work extremely demanding schedules, including long hours on the road and strict deadlines they sometimes push themselves to meet.
Despite strict state and federal regulations that require these drivers to avoid excessive time on the road and to get enough sleep, it is not uncommon for truck drivers to find themselves speeding down the interstate in the middle of the night, sometimes having spent dozens of consecutive hours behind the wheel.
When commercial truck drivers become drowsy or fall asleep on the highway, they put everyone in danger. These vehicles are extremely massive and can cause catastrophic damage. Indeed, commercial truck accidents in Rhode Island and Massachusetts almost always involve severe injuries, and fatalities are common.
The Rhode Island drowsy driver accident attorneys at Bottaro Law Firm, LLC can help you pursue compensation from not only the drivers but also their insurance companies and employers, as we believe all of these parties share in the responsibility for dangerous driving.
Injured in a Drowsy Driving Accident in MA or RI? We Can Help.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of driver fatigue, our firm is here to help you. We provide aggressive legal representation and demand the very best for our clients. Our mission is always to pursue the largest amount of monetary compensation available to you under the law.
When you work with Bottaro Law Firm, you can always count on our “No Fee Guarantee,” which ensures that you will not have to pay any upfront costs or fees unless and until we win your case.
Please contact us as soon as possible to set up a free consultation with our Massachusetts or Rhode Island drowsy driver accident attorneys. We have offices located throughout both states for your convenience. Time limits do apply to these claims, so please don’t delay. Contact us today.