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If you have been hurt in an accident caused by a drowsy driving auto driver in Manhattan, New York City, contact Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. We serve Manhattan and New York City, representing people who have been injured in car accidents.
How can you tell if someone you are a passenger in a car with is suffering from drowsiness when driving? Well, some of the more common signs are:
Some of the more common drowsy driving accidents in Manhattan are the result of drivers that operate a motor vehicle under the influence of medications that may make them drowsy. Obviously, driving after consuming alcohol can cause drowsiness and is especially dangerous. Also, workers who do “shift work” may be especially tired when getting behind the wheel especially if they labored long hours or did a double shift. Long distance commercial truck drivers who drive for long periods of time over long stretches of road may also suffer from fatigue and drowsiness which can affect their ability to make good decisions while operating their tractor-trailer.
If you are involved in a Manhattan Car Accident caused by a driver of an automobile that made the bad decision to get behind the wheel when they should not have, the driver of the car that hit you is likely negligent. Choosing to drive after consuming alcohol or when you are tired is a form of negligence. Drowsy driving resulted in 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths in 2013 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission.
In 2015, New York sought to make the offense of driving while drowsy in Manhattan a Class A Misdemeanor according to The National Conference of State Legislatures (“NCSL”). Driving while drowsy would have been classified as vehicular assault in the second degree and driving while impaired by fatigue would have been classified as a Class E Felony known as vehicular homicide if a death resulted. However, the legislation was not enacted.
If you are a victim of a serious car accident, it’s important that you seek legal help. New York car accident attorney Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. can advocate on your behalf and help you achieve a favorable outcome. To learn more, contact his office by phone or online.