One of New York’s most famous nicknames is The City That Never Sleeps, and many drivers on its roads get behind the wheel without adequate rest. Whether they are civilians, taxi drivers or rideshare drivers, their fatigue puts pedestrians, bikers and other motorists at risk. Each year, over 2000 motor vehicle accidents in New York state are caused – at least in part – by drowsy driving. By knowing how to spot a drowsy driver, you can protect yourself if one collides with you.
Spotting drowsy drivers
As a motorist, pedestrian or cyclist, you may have difficulty spotting a drowsy driver unless they look sleepy as you pass each other by. Yet, certain telltale signs can indicate a motorist’s fatigue. To keep yourself safe, you will want to look out for drivers who:
- Drift between lanes or over the road’s center line
- Follow closely behind other vehicles
- Brake suddenly
- Seem unaware of traffic lights, signs and patterns
- Fail to acknowledge hazards
Moving forward after a drowsy driver hits you
If you sustain injuries after a drowsy driver collides with you, you will need to file a claim through your own insurance company. New York observes no-fault insurance laws, which means that the at-fault party’s insurer bears no responsibility – in most cases – for your compensation. Yet, your settlement may not cover your medical expenses. Or, you might have experienced prolonged pain and suffering after your accident. In these instances, you will want to consider filing a personal injury lawsuit against the drowsy driver who hit you. If you proceed with one, keep in mind that New York’s statute of limitations is three years from the date of your accident.
Few drowsy drivers have a desire to injure others, though the outcome of their actions means more than their intentions. If a drowsy driver’s negligence caused you harm, a legal professional can help you understand your options for moving down the road to recovery.