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Falling Asleep at the Wheel Causes Serious Injury and Death

This vehicle rollover killed one and severely injured four others. Falling asleep at the wheel can be fatal.

This is a case that Charlie Donahue, a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer, heard about that took place in Idaho and involved several young adults. The odd thing is that it took place early in the morning, not late at night, and thus falling asleep at the wheel was rather strange. It would likely prompt the responding police to check for alcohol or drugs in the driver. The outcome of any tests would certainly make a difference in what types of charges may be laid, or what evidence would be needed in court.

The Chevrolet Cobalt was heading east on the highway when the driver, a 20-year-old male fell asleep while driving. When the car sideways angled toward the side of the road, the driver jolted awake, instantly over reacted and did a sudden and deadly overcorrection at high speed.

The vehicle responded by rolling over and ejecting three backseat passengers, none of which were wearing seatbelts. The backseat passengers ranged in age from 9 years old to 22 years old. The 17-year-old ejected from the backseat and was alive when EMS crews arrived and airlifted him to a medical facility where he later died from his trauma.

The other survivors, including the driver who dozed off and another front seat passenger, were transported to the nearest medical facility to have their injuries treated. Both the driver and front seat passenger managed to come out of the crash with non-critical injuries.

In this case the driver is clearly at fault for this horrific single vehicle crash, and he can be thankful he didn’t hit another vehicle at the time or the body count would be higher. The survivors of this accident will have solid grounds to file personal injury lawsuits to recover damages for their medical bills, etc. The family of the young boy killed in this accident should be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit based on the facts of this case. All they would need to do is to contact a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer.

If anyone is faced with a situation like this one, don’t wait to contact a skilled New Hampshire personal injury lawyer. Time is of the essence in any case like this and if you wait too long before filing, you may run afoul of the Statute of Limitations. Find out what your rights are. It’s a call well worth making.

Charlie Donahue is a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer located in Keene. Donahue handles injury cases in New Hampshire and across the United States. To learn more about New Hampshire injury attorney, Charlie Donahue, visit

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