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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 Brooklyn 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.
There are many common causes for sleep-related car accidents, including:
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.
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:
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.
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 Brooklyn auto accident attorneys of Proner & Proner in New York for an evaluation of your case.
At Proner & Proner in NYC, 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.
Motor Vehicle Accidents Verdicts & Settlements
Proner & Proner’s experienced car accident attorneys win big verdicts and settlements for seriously injured clients. In some cases, clients have won millions of dollars in compensation. Some of our major cases are listed below.
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
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
Male: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was struck as a pedestrian by a taxicab that was involved in an accident with a bus.
Injuries: Stroke, with quality of life after the accident greatly diminished
Female, 45: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Crossing the street, our client was run over by a truck.
Injuries: Fractured skull and fractured right ankle, requiring surgery to head and leg
Female, 49: 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: Cognitive deficiencies, behavioral changes, permanent disability
Male, 38: Wrongful death
A man pulled over on the roadway to assist another vehicle in distress, and a tractor trailer struck him and his parked vehicle, resulting in his death.
Injuries: Wrongful death
Female, 17: Vehicle collision
Our client was in a car driven by her sister that skidded on ice into oncoming traffic.
Injuries: Broken hip and a ruptured diaphragm
Female, Female: Vehicle collided with guardrail
Two clients were injured in an accident that took place in 2003 when they were passengers in a car that hit a guardrail.
Injuries: The clients each sustained a broken wrist
Female, 45: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was a pedestrian hit by a left turning vehicle.
Injuries: Soft tissue injuries to neck, back and shoulder which required three surgeries
Multiple Clients: Vehicle collision
Intersection accident with a van transporting handicapped adults.
Injuries: Broken ankle, closed head injury
Female, 32: Vehicle collision
While making a left hand turn, our client was struck by another vehicle.
Injuries: Broken right wrist, three compound fractures on right ulna requiring surgery, mild traumatic brain injury
Female, 21: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was hit by car while on her way to work by a vehicle making a left hand turn.
Injuries: Comminuted left tibia and fibula fractures that required surgery
Male, 47: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was struck by a car while making a left hand turn.
Injuries: Broken pelvis, fractured sacrum
Male, 31: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Defendant made illegal U-turn and struck our client.
Injuries: Dislocated shoulder; injury to iliotibial band and lateral aspect of the right knee
Female, 42: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was hit by a car while crossing the street.
Injuries: Blood clots in abdomen, two broken ribs, compression fractures of spine
Male: Vehicle collision
Our client was riding a scooter and was hit by a flat-bed tow truck.
Male, 37: Vehicle collision
A traffic light was turning green for our client, when a woman ran full speed against the light and hit our client.
Injuries: Left ankle fracture which required open reduction and internal fixation. Fractured and broken nose
Female, 55: Wrongful death
Our client’s husband was killed when a car drove into the driver’s side of the vehicle. Wrongful death.
Male, 61 - Female, 62: Vehicle collision
Accident caused by police chase.
Injuries: Our client died as a result of her injuries, which included multiple fractures and massive bilateral extensive pulmonary with significant right ventricular strain.
Road Rage Incident
Mitchell Proner spoke in support of NYC motorcycle riders and called on NY lawmakers and police not to overreact to a highly publicized road rage incident or to let that incident cast all motorcyclists in a bad light.
Hit and Run
Attorney Mitchell Proner was on hand when the motorist accused of hitting a female jogger on a road in Central Islip appeared in a New York courtroom to answer charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Attorney Mitchell Proner, an expert on maritime law, spoke about the similarities between the Costa Concordia ferry disaster and the recent Indonesian ferry accident that killed at least 24 people.