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New Study: Driving While Drowsy Causes More Than 100,000 Car Accidents a Year

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It’s no secret that driving while intoxicated (DWI) can cause terrible accidents and injuries, but did you know that "driving while drowsy" plays a role in one-sixth of all fatal car accidents?  Drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 crashes a year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. DrowsyDriving.org, part of the National Sleep Foundation, says it causes an estimated 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries every year.  If you find this hard to believe watch the video that shows an NBC correspondent demonstrating the danger when he himself tries to drive drowsy.

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  •  Repeated yawning or difficulty keeping your head up;
  • Rubbing your eyes and/or finding it hard to keep your eyes open and focused on the road;
  • Erratic driving behavior, such as swerving, tailgating, drifting out of your lane, hitting rumble strips, missing traffic signs or missing an exit you planned to take;
  • Feeling irritable or restless;
  • Struggling to remember the last few miles driven.

As Virginia (VA) car accident injury lawyers we are all too familiar with the consequences of drowsy driving. If you are injured in a car accident by a drowsy driver you should understand the process of filing a personal injury claim.   Each case is different but these are general guidelines.

1.    You would meet with one of our Virginia (VA) personal injury lawyers for a confidential, no-cost consultation and you may decide to retain our law firm.

2.    We send out letters of representation to the at-fault driver's insurance company and your insurance company.

3.    You would then seek treatment for your injuries, whether that be through a physical therapist, chiropractor, or other specialist.

4.    Once your treatment is complete, we will request your medical records, lost wages, and other info related to your damages.

5.    We send these documents to the at-fault driver's insurance company.

6.    The negotiation process will commence with the insurance company making an offer, our firm countering with a different offer, etc. 

7.    If an offer is made that you decide is acceptable, we can proceed with a settlement. If you don't like what's being offered, we will take your case to trial. 

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