Finding a Car Accident Lawyer
I am a certified nursing assistant and usually work the night shift. I have a 5 year old daughter and I am usually home quick enough to send her to school. It was my fourth night working of the week and I had been doing some christmas shopping and helping a friend prepare for her baby shower during over the last few days. Needless to say I was running short on sleep. I got off at 7:30am and was making the commute across town.
I was doing everything I could to stay awake. Windows were down, radio was on as high as it could go. I was almost there… My car jostled upon an impact. I opened my eyes to see another car start to fish tail, lose control, and spin into a light pole. My car was fish tailing too and I tried to stop it but spun around and slammed into a wall. I was in shock. What had happened? Cursing I realized I had fallen asleep. How could a be so careless? Were those other people okay? The rest of that day was a nightmare.
The people in the other car, a man and his wife, suffered from severe whip lash and their car was seriously damaged. They made a claim against me and had hired a Denver personal injury lawyer to fight there case against me. While I would admit to being guilty of falling asleep, the man’s wife was claiming she was so traumatized that she would not ever be able to get in a car again and there for would be unable to continue to work at her job and needed compensation for the rest of her life because of the accident. I thought this was a bit ridiculous. With my daughter in mind I knew I had to defend the little bit of income I made. I hired an auto accident attorney to help defend me in court.
The case dragged on for four months. There were times when I was afraid I was going to have to file for bankruptcy but my Denver auto accident lawyer held fast and was very diligent and on top of the case. The judge was fair and ruled that the woman would go to therapy for six months and that I would have to pay for that. By then hopefully she would no longer hold her fear and after that if there was still a problem she would need to find a job she could commute to via the bus system or bicycle. I found this to be fair. There was no way I could have afforded a huge settlement forcing me to pay the woman’s working salary for the rest of her life! It is hard enough to make ends meat as a certified nursing assistant with a 5 year old daughter!
Since this accident, I have been much more respectful of my sleep schedule. I am careful to make a cup of fully caffeinated green tea just before I get off work and if I am the least bit tired I will not drive. Driving tired is just as dangerous as driving drunk, and I urge everyone on the road to be highly aware and cautious if they are ever driving tired! It’s not worth it! Pull over and take a nap!