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A drowsy driver is a negligent driver

A negligent driver places others at risk for physical harm. Negligence defines many different types of behavior, including drowsy driving. Through extensive research, industry experts have documented that driving while tired can be extremely dangerous, increasing the risk for a serious car crash. When a negligent driver causes another person harm, that victim does not have to face the aftermath of the accident alone. 

There are many causes for drowsy driving, including medical conditions, certain medications and a simple lack of sleep. No matter the cause for the drowsiness, it is known that a tired driver is impaired and may display a slower reaction time, lack of attention and inability to keep his or her eyes open. Like other types of negligent driving, drowsy driving is completely preventable. Nevada drivers are responsible for knowing and acknowledging if they are not in any condition to drive safely. 

Certain signs may indicate if a driver was asleep at the time of a crash. Some of these indicators include swerving, no attempt to avoid a collision or running through an intersection. Determining negligence for the purpose of a civil claim can be complicated, but a personal injury attorney is experienced in these types of cases and understands how to support the claimant's case.  

If a Nevada victim suspects that a negligent driver is the reason for his or her accident and subsequent physical suffering, it is worthwhile to seek help as soon as possible after an accident. Victims may feel helpless after an accident caused by a drowsy driver, but they may empower themselves by fully exploring all legal options. Scheduling a thorough case evaluation is the first step to take after a car accident of any kind.

Source: nhtsa.gov, "Drowsy Driving And Automobile Crashes", Accessed on Feb. 4, 2015

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