A 46 year old man driving on a suspended license was traveling in the early morning hours on Road 64, in an unincorporated rural area of Tulare County California, on his way to help a friend with a landscaping project. Little did he know that a 27 year old Reedley man, who was driving while drowsy, speedily approached on Avenue 426. The vehicles collided when the Drowsy Driver failed to stop at the stop sign and plowed into the other vehicle. The force of the impact was so severe that the vehicle was pushed by the impact with the Drowsy Driver all the way across the oncoming northbound lane of Road 64 (24 feet), through the east dirt shoulder (20 feet), and then into a lemon orchard before striking, not one, but two trees. The car ended up 51 feet south of the south roadway edge of Avenue 426, and 31 feet east of the east roadway edge line of Road 64. After the impact, the Drowsy Driver admitted that did not see the stop sign at the intersection because he had not slept in many hours as he was having problems with his woman.
The 46 year old man hired The Dunnion Law Firm as he was rightfully concerned about being treated fairly due to his suspended license. The Dunnion Law Firm associate was artfully able to circumvent any issues related to his status and suspended license, and instead focus on the fact the Drowsy Driver. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowsy driving is a major problem in the United States which causes drivers to be less able to pay attention to the road, slows reaction time, and affects a driver’s ability to make good decisions. The Discovery Channels MythBusters investigated and found that driving tired equals driving impaired by alcohol or worse than that even. Moreover, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in 2013, drowsy drivers caused 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths. Thus, despite the fact that the client’s injuries were not so severe and he made a fast recovery, the Dunnion Law Firm was able to obtain an $80,000 settlement for the client by convincing State Farm Insurance that the Drowsy Driver would be responsible for punitive damages for his recklessness in causing the collision.