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Tampa attorney Armando Edmiston can fight for compensation for drowsy driving

Every year, it’s estimated that hundreds of thousands of car accidents are the result of fatigued drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Among the leading causes of car accidents, fatigued driving has been shown to be just as dangerous as drunk driving.

Data shows that those who drive a car after going more than 20 hours without sleep are driving as if they have a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent, which is the legal limit in the U.S. That number jumps to 0.10 percent for someone who has been deprived of sleep for 24 hours.

The fact of the matter is, sleepy driving and drunk driving both severely impact your reaction time, ability to stay focused on the road, decision-making, and overall ability to safely operate your vehicle.

If you’re tired and you’re having trouble staying alert, you should not try to drive. Common causes of tired driving and falling asleep at the wheel include:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Having a sleep disorder
  • Side effects from prescription medication or over-the-counter drugs
  • Drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs
  • Working third shift or irregular hours

If you were ihit by a drowsy driver, you need to seek legal help from a lawyer to protect your rights. At Armando Personal Injury Law, founding attorney Armando Edmiston treats clients like members of the family and can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Dangers of drowsy driving

Drowsy driving contributes to many accidents and is an underrated danger to our roads. What makes drowsy driving so dangerous is that it only takes a couple of seconds for a fatigued driver to shut their eyes, lose control of their vehicle, and cause a fatal accident. A fatigued driver can dose off for a few seconds and easily run off the road – or slam into another vehicle without even hitting the brakes first.

What are the warning signs that you’re too tired to drive?

Common symptoms among drowsy drivers include:

  • Frequent yawning
  • Trouble keeping your eyes open
  • Nodding off or difficulty keeping your head up
  • Being unable to remember driving the last few miles
  • Not noticing street signs
  • Missing turns
  • Failure to maintain your speed
  • Drifting in and out of your lane

Signs of fatigue can be hard to identify on your own, but that’s still no excuse to get behind the wheel of a car and cause others harm.

Armando Personal Injury Law fights to win

Tampa asleep at the wheel accident attorney Armando Edmiston knows what it takes to build a strong case on your behalf that gets results. Our law firm is known for treating clients like family and serving as aggressive advocates for the injured. We also offer our clients legal representation on a contingency fee basis. In other words, you pay nothing unless we win. Contact us today for your free case evaluation.

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