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Attorney Thomas Simeone Was Interviewed About Drowsy Driving and Insurance Implications

Car crashA QuoteWizard article featured Simeone & Miller, LLP’s Thomas Simeone, who shared his legal opinions regarding drowsy driving. The article discusses statistics, potential dangers, methods of prevention, and insurance implications associated with drowsy driving.

According to the article, lack of sleep essentially mimics the effects of alcohol intoxication. It states that going 18 hours without sleep is equivalent to operating a vehicle with a .05% blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Similarly, driving while going 24 hours without sleep is comparable to a .10% BAC, which is over the legal limit.

Included in the article are statistics from the Governors Highway Safety Association, showing that 83.6 million daily drivers in the United States, on average, operate their vehicles while deprived of sleep. This results in an average of 328,000 total accidents and 109,000 injuries yearly. This is an unfortunate trend that has led to countless individuals sustaining serious injuries, many of which are life-altering.

Attorney Simeone says that many of the insurance implications that may arise due to drowsy driving are dependent on the driver’s admission of fault. In many cases, a driver cited for driving while drowsy may not face any kind of changes in insurance premiums. This is because the insurance company may not be aware of what the citation was for unless the driver reports it.

If, in fact, a citation for drowsy driving is listed on a person’s record, it can increase the likelihood that the driver would have to pay a higher premium. These consequences are similar to any kind of reckless driving citation such as speeding, failing to yield, driving while intoxicated, and more.

Unfortunately, each year, victims of car collisions caused by drowsy driving face expensive medical bills, time spent from work, and more. It is during this time that it is important for injury victims to retain legal counsel to help them seek compensation for the damages they have sustained. Proper representation can be a hugely beneficial part of helping a victim move forward without concerns of financial hardship.

At Simeone & Miller, LLP, our Washington, D.C. auto accident lawyers are dedicated to helping our clients seek the justice and compensation they deserve. We have represented thousands of clients in a vast range of cases, including crashes caused by drowsy driving. If you or someone you love was injured, it is important to know you have someone on your side protecting your rights and holding the negligent party accountable for their actions.

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