Sleepy Driver

Driver Fatigue Car Accident Attorneys in NYC

NY Car Crash Lawyers Represent Motorists Injured in Accidents Caused by Driver Fatigue and Exhaustion

Auto accidents caused by sleepy drivers can have catastrophic consequences. Up to three percent of all auto accident highway crashes and about four percent of all fatal car accident crashes are due to driver sleepiness. Medical testing has shown that sleep is such a strong biological need that, even among the most highly trained and motivated professional drivers, the brain can and will initiate sleep at its will.

Fortunately, the personal injury attorneys of Proner & Proner are experienced in representing pedestrians and drivers who were injured in sleepy-driver auto accidents in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and all of New York.

Causes of Sleep-Related Auto Accidents in New York

There are many common causes for sleep-related car accidents, including:

  • People with Sleep Disorders: People with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and chronic insomnia are at particularly high risk of being involved in sleep-related auto accidents. The drivers who have such sleep disorders and fail to exercise exceptional caution while operating a motor vehicle can cause serious car accidents, possibly resulting in traumatic brain injury or even the death of innocent victims. If you or a loved one has been injured by a driver with a sleep disorder, the auto accident attorneys of Proner & Proner can help. Our lawyers represent victims of sleepy-driver auto accidents in NYC and throughout New York.
  • Young Drivers: Young drivers are also at higher risk of being involved in sleep-related auto accidents. The demands of schoolwork and extracurricular activities keep many young drivers from getting sufficient sleep.
  • Use of Drugs and Alcohol: Drinking alcohol and taking illegal, and even some legal, drugs can result in or intensify sleepiness, increasing the risk of sleep-related auto accidents. Prescription and over-the-counter sleeping pills, opioid analgesics, tricyclic antidepressants, antipsychotics, and certain high blood pressure drugs and muscle relaxants can all cause sleepiness.
  • Other Accident Causes: Working the night shift or rotating shift can increase because it throws the body’s biological clock out of sync and interferes with restful sleep. Not surprisingly, many truck divers cause truck accidents by working late at night or by working long irregular schedules, increasing their risk of being involved in sleep-related auto accidents.

Any of the above causes of a sleep-related accident may result in serious injuries to innocent victims. Our hard-working auto accident attorneys are familiar with these causes and have helped our clients to obtain multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts.

Lowering the Odds of Getting into a Sleep-Related Auto Accident in NY

Unfortunately, many drivers ignore the risks of driving while sleepy and needlessly cause auto accidents. There are simple recommended steps to avoid such car crashes:

  • Get adequate sleep before a trip.
  • Avoid alcohol and other sedating drugs.
  • Avoid driving between midnight and 6 a.m. – the hours during which the biological clock is usually set for sleep.
  • See a doctor if daytime sleepiness is a problem.

Drivers who feel sleepy while driving often try to open the window to let cold air in, listen to the radio, or take a brief exercise break; however, such measures offer only marginal benefits, according to researchers. Drinking coffee or other drinks that contain caffeine, or taking a brief nap, can be more effective, but they are still no replacement for sleep.

Compensation in a New York Sleepy Driver Auto Accident Case

If you or a member of your family has been injured in a sleepy-driver auto accident, our New York law firm can help you obtain the financial compensation to which you are entitled. The hard-working auto accident lawyers at Proner & Proner have consistently been successful in helping clients obtain money awards and cash settlements for past medical expenses, future medical expenses, past pain and suffering, future pain and suffering, past lost earnings, future lost earnings, and the overall loss of quality of life. If someone you love was killed in an auto accident, the attorneys at Proner & Proner are intimately familiar with wrongful death laws and, if the option to file in another state exists, can advise you as to which state looks most favorably on wrongful death claims. Some states include the money damages for the value of life itself, while other states account only for lost earnings in a wrongful death case. Contact the auto accident attorneys of Proner & Proner in New York for an evaluation of your case.

Contact Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers to Learn More about Sleepy Driver Auto Accidents in NYC

At Proner & Proner, we have investigators who are ready to work for auto accident victims and who are most often available within 24 hours to prospective clients throughout New York. Our auto accident attorneys work tirelessly on behalf of victims of sleepy-driver auto accidents. Contact our Manhattan, New York law firm to schedule a free case evaluation.


Last year we recovered over $15 million for our clients. With that money, our clients are able to pay their medical bills. They are getting their lives back on track after serious injuries and they are holding to account the people who wrongfully injured them.


$1,100,000.00 - Female, 35: Motorcyclist hit by oncoming traffic

Our client was riding on the back of a motorcycle going south when the defendant heading north made a left hand turn in front of the client, causing the accident.
Injuries: Fractured left leg which required surgery

We understand motorcyclists because we ride


$5,100,000.00 - Female, 43: Cyclist hit by truck

Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk. Our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Catastrophic injuries to entire right side of body below the waist resulting in amputation of the right leg and hind quarter; bladder rupture; multiple rib and spinal fractures.

$3,500,000.00 - Female, 33: Serious personal injury

Our client fell down the stairs and was knocked unconscious at a New York City
subway station.
Injuries: Fractured skull, subsequent seizure disorder.

$4,300,000.00 - Male, 63: Pedestrian hit by bus

Our client was crossing a street when a bus hit a car and the car spun and hit him.
Injuries: Traumatic brain injury; fractured shoulder.

$750,000.00 - Male, 35: Workers' compensation

Our client was changing a pump strainer on a hot air furnace when he stepped on a board and fell through the ceiling.
Injuries: Herniated disc which required surgery.