In 2009, approximately 30,000 people were involved in car crashes due to drowsy driving and 730 died, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA estimates that about 16 percent of all vehicular fatalities and approximately 13 percent of accidents requiring hospitalization involve drowsy drivers.
Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident you should discuss your case with an accident attorney at Shane Smith Law.
A 37-year-old woman died after the car she was driving was struck head-on by a man who fell asleep at the wheel. According to Georgia State Patrol, the man fell asleep and was jolted awake when his Oldsmobile crossed into the center lane, hitting the front bumper of an empty school bus. The man then steered into oncoming traffic, striking the woman's car.
The woman was airlifted to a hospital where she later died. The man was also taken to the hospital. He was charged with failure to exercise due care, failure to maintain lane, and driving on the wrong side of the roadway.
If a death is caused by the negligence of another then the decedent's family may be entitled to legal relief through a wrongful death lawsuit. You should hire an experienced Clayton County wrongful death attorney if you will file a lawsuit on behalf of a family member who died due to another's negligence. If you or someone you know has been hurt in a car crash, call a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at Shane Smith Law for a free legal consultation.