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Watch Out For Fatigued and Drowsy Drivers This Holiday Season

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With the holidays just around the corner many people are driving to see family and friends.  Sometimes these are long trips and in an effort to beat traffic some families may drive at night.  As Virginia (VA) personal injury lawyers we want to educate all those on the road of the dangers of driving while fatigued.  Drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 crashes a year, resulting in 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths. As tragic as these numbers are, they only tell a portion of the story. It is widely recognized that drowsy driving is under reported as a cause of crashes. And this doesn't include distracted driving.

Many times it is innocent people who are injured or killed by a drowsy driver.  One victim tells her story, “My husband Joseph and I were hit by a drowsy driver in March of 2009. We were high school sweethearts and had been married for 27 years. It's a miracle that I'm still here.”  The woman suffered serious injuries from the accident and almost every bone in her body was broken, her husband did not survive.

Signs of drowsing driving include drifting out of your lane or hitting rumble strips, can’t keep your eyes focused or open, having wandering and disconnected thoughts, missing signs or exits, and feeling irritable or restless. If you find yourself suffering from any of these symptoms, pull over and rest.

Unfortunately, too many drivers continue to drive when they are sleep-deprived and you may find yourself the victim of an accident by a drowsy driver. If this happens to you, consult with a personal injury attorney to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for pain and loss. Our Virginia injury law firm has successfully represented countless clients who were injured in motor vehicle accidents.

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