INJURY LAWYERS at the Schmidt Salita Law Team successfully reached a favorable settlement for a Minnetonka man who was injured in a Wisconsin collision. The injury victim was on his way to a business meeting in Eau Claire, Wisconsin when he was stopped for speeding by a Wisconsin Highway Trooper. He was pulled over onto the right shoulder when his car was hit by a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student lived in Afton. She had studied through the night for an exam and was driving to school to take the exam. She fell asleep or nodded off behind the wheel. She awoke as her car was going into the median. She over-corrected and came all the way across the two eastbound lanes, striking the Minnetonka man’s car.
This was a classic case of drowsy driving. The National Sleep Foundation reports that 60% of adult drivers, nearly 168 million people, admit to having driven a motor vehicle while feeling drowsy or sleepy in the last year. 37% admit to having actually nodded off. 4% admit to having been involved in a motor vehicle collision because they dozed off.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that over 100,000 crashes are the result of driver fatigue every year.
In another case, the Schmidt Salita Law Team produces an arbitration award of $402, 065 for Maple Grove, Minnesota woman who was the victim of personal injuries sustained while riding as a passenger in a car that was in a single vehicle collision when the driver fell asleep at the wheel.