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Drowsy Driving

Brooklyn Drowsy Driving Attorneys 

New York car accident lawyers represent victims of sleep-deprived motorists

If a driver is drowsy because they didn’t get enough sleep, have been on the road too long or any other reason, they pose a danger of falling asleep behind the wheel and causing an accident. If you’ve been injured by a drowsy driver in the New York City area, contact a Brooklyn drowsy driving attorney at the law offices of Goldberg Sager & Associates. You can rely on our skillful representation as we pursue appropriate compensation for you in a lawsuit.

Is drowsy driving illegal in New York?

Drowsy driving itself is not against the law in New York, but driving carelessly or recklessly is, and being tired is not a defense to those charges. In addition, to obtain or keep a driver’s license, a person must report any treatment for sleep-inducing medical conditions, such as narcolepsy and cataplexy. If we represent you in a lawsuit for an accident caused by a drowsy driver who has violated a New York statute or regulation, we can use that violation to help prove their civil liability for the accident.

Effects of sleep deprivation on driving

Failing to get enough rest due to a disorder such as sleep apnea or another reason can make it dangerous for someone to drive, whether alone or with passengers, because of:

  • Diminished attention to other vehicles, pedestrians and dangerous road conditions
  • Poor decision-making
  • Slower reflexes
  • Trouble staying in one’s lane

A drowsy driver frequently resembles someone who is impaired by alcohol or drugs behind the wheel. If we suspect drowsy driving contributed to your accident, we will conduct a thorough investigation to find the truth. 

Drowsy driving by commercial truck operators

Commercial truck operators often drive long hours without sleep to meet demanding schedules, but any accidents they cause can be particularly dangerous because of their vehicle’s weight. If you’re injured by a drowsy trucker, you can count on one of our Brooklyn truck accident lawyers to represent you against the trucker, their employer and anyone else responsible for causing the accident.

Signs of drowsy driving on New York roadways

You might notice another driver displaying one of the following signs that could indicate an unsafe level of alertness: 

  • Yawning
  • Driving between lanes
  • Inconsistent speed
  • Hitting rumble strips
  • A drooping head
  • Tailgating

We use camera footage, witness testimony and other evidence to demonstrate a link between accidents and tired vehicle operators. 

Proving liability for a drowsy driving accident in Brooklyn

Winning a drowsy driving accident case depends on proving that the driver’s negligence caused the accident that injured you. We will analyze how the accident occurred to determine if drowsiness was a potential factor in causing it. Discovery can include depositions of the driver and other key witnesses to provide support for the claim that the defendant was too tired to operate a vehicle safely. Our firm will then use what we’ve learned to present the most persuasive case possible in settlement negotiations with the defendant’s insurer. If fair compensation is not offered, we will bring the evidence before a jury in pursuit of a favorable verdict.

Contact a highly qualified New York City drowsy driving injury attorney

If you’ve been hurt in an auto accident caused by a drowsy driver, a Brooklyn injury lawyer at Goldberg Sager & Associates will pursue justice on your behalf. Contact us online or call us at 718-514-9516 to learn about how we can help you.

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    1628 Kings Highway at East 17th Street
    Brooklyn, New York 11229
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