Hit by a Driver Who Has Fallen Asleep at the Wheel? Let Us Help.
Drowsy drivers pose a danger to everyone on the road. Each year, drowsy driving leads to nearly a hundred thousand crashes, tens of thousands of injuries, and hundreds of deaths.1 If you’ve been the victim of a sleepy driver in Houston, TX, call Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P to get expert legal advice and representation.
Who Falls Asleep at the Wheel?
People drive drowsy for many reasons. Many try to skimp on sleep in order to accommodate their busy schedules. Others suffer from an undiagnosed sleep disorder, conditions ranging from insomnia to sleep apnea. Some drivers work long shifts. They commute home late at night or in the small hours of the morning. In many cases, their body begins to shut down before they reach their destination. Truck drivers face special hurdles. Long drives, late hours, and the monotony of the road all conspire to lower their defenses.
No matter the reasons, the effects on the driver are the same: Their reaction time slows, their judgment suffers, and the risk of an accident increases.
It Only Takes a Second
Sleepy drivers don’t intend to cause harm. They may not be acting maliciously. They may even feel as if they have no choice. They’re wrong. The decision to get behind the wheel is always optional and often dangerous. It makes no difference to the victim whether a driver falls asleep for a prolonged period or nods off for a brief moment. The result is the same. In an instant, a serious accident can claim many victims. All it takes is a split second to ruin a lifetime.
Call a Houston Asleep While Behind the Wheel Attorney
If a drowsy or sleeping driver has injured you, it’s nice to know there’s someone who can help. At Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P, we work hard to get our clients the compensation they deserve. Call our Houston, TX office at (713) 574-5089 to receive a free consultation from our experienced auto accident attorneys.