Asleep At The Wheel Accident Lawyer
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Car accidents caused by drivers asleep at the wheel often turn out to be complicated cases. Because the driver was not awake at the time of the crash, the driver might not remember what happened. Other legal issues might come up as well. In addition, such accidents often result in severe injuries.
Knowing what to do next can be confusing. Even knowing what your rights are might not be clear. Fortunately, you’re not alone. We can help. At The Longo Firm, LLC, we’re focused on finding solutions for people injured in serious accidents. Attorney Stephen Longo has extensive experience dealing with such cases in Colorado Springs. As a result, he knows how to find the evidence you need to prove how the other driver caused your car accident. You can count on us when it matters most.
What types of accidents do tired drivers cause?
Accidents caused by tired drivers or drivers asleep at the wheel are often some of the most serious accidents. In addition, such drivers often cause certain types of collisions due to the unique nature of such crashes. This includes:
- High-speed accidents because the driver was asleep and did not attempt to slow down before crashing into another car.
- Head-on collisions because the sleeping driver drifted across the centerline into on-coming vehicles.
- Intersection accidents because the sleeping driver ran a red light or a stop sign without stopping.
- Rollover accidents, especially on highways, because the driver was going too fast and the vehicle drifted off the road or into other cars.
Whatever type of asleep at the wheel accident you’re dealing with, make sure you fully understand the legal options available to you. Make sure you talk to a lawyer who knows how to handle complex legal cases.
How do investigators determine if a driver was asleep?
Police and other parties investigating accidents – including the insurance companies for everyone involved – often look for certain evidence to prove that the driver was asleep at the time of the accident. Such evidence may include:
- The driver has no recollection of the accident because they were asleep at the time of the crash.
- There are no skid marks at the crash site because the sleeping driver did not attempt to slow down before the collision.
- The severity of the accident or other accident debris, which accident reconstruction experts often carefully analyze for clues.
- Statements from witnesses who saw the driver asleep at the wheel at the time of the accident.
This is just some of the evidence investigators are often looking for if they suspect the at-fault driver was asleep. Don’t just take the investigators word for it. Make sure you have a lawyer carefully investigating your crash on your behalf and exploring all the legal options available to you.
What if the driver denies being asleep?
Don’t be surprised if the driver who caused your crash denies being asleep at the time of the collision. Drivers sometimes do this because they’re hoping they can avoid being held responsible for the accident. This is important because many states, including Colorado, have fault-based insurance systems. This means the at-fault driver is responsible for compensating injury victims.
If this happens, it’s important to talk to a lawyer right away to learn more about the legal options available to you. You should also take the following suggested steps:
- Do not talk to the at-fault driver directly. Anything you say or write to the driver could be used as evidence against you.
- Do not talk to the at-fault driver’s insurance company if they contact you. Simply tell them to talk to your lawyer if they have any questions.
The stakes are high in many asleep at the wheel accidents. Your injury claim could be worth thousands of dollars or significantly more. If you accept a settlement offer, you often cannot ask for any additional money in the future, even if your accident expenses increase much more than expected. Make sure you make the most of your only opportunity to get the money you rightfully deserve. Talk to an attorney who can fight for your rights and the compensation you need.
How can a lawyer help me?
There are many different ways an attorney can help if you’re dealing with a crash caused by a sleeping driver. Your lawyer can:
- Conduct an independent investigation into exactly what happened.
- Consult with an accident reconstruction expert if necessary.
- Deal directly with the at-fault driver’s insurance company on your behalf.
- Negotiate the best possible settlement offer for your accident-related expenses.
- File a lawsuit or take other legal action on your behalf if necessary, especially if the at-fault driver’s insurance company acts in bad faith.
Don’t underestimate the complexity of your legal case. Get the help you need to get your life back on track. Talk to an experienced attorney right away.
Put your trust in a law firm that puts your needs first. Contact us.
The clock is running after many serious car accidents. In most states, you only have a limited amount of time to take legal action to demand the money you deserve. In Colorado, for example, you only have three years from the date of your accident to file a car accident lawsuit.
When you have our legal team on your side, we won’t waste a minute getting to work on your accident claim. We understand how the legal system works. We know where to look for evidence. That’s why injury victims routinely rely on us after serious accidents. We have the knowledge and the skills you need to succeed.
Put your trust in the law firm that puts your needs first. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation. Attorney Longo can explain your options and answer any questions you might have about your asleep at the wheel accident. Your best interests always come first here.