Dallas Fatigued Driver Lawyer
Truck drivers are often under a lot of pressure to transport and deliver loads as quickly as possible. This demand has caused too many accidents in Dallas. If this type of accident injured you or someone you love, talk to a Dallas fatigued driver lawyer about your legal rights.
At our Dallas car accident law firm, we know what it takes to win cases. Our experienced and compassionate attorneys can help you build a strong case to pursue compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, emotional suffering, and more.
Working with us is risk-free because we won’t charge you less than we’re able to win you compensation. Plus, the consultation is 100% FREE. To get your free consultation, call us at (214) 305-8277 or contact us online at your earliest convenience.
How Driver Fatigue Causes Accidents in Dallas
A tired or fatigued driver is not safe on Dallas roads. All drivers must act in a way that does not bring harm or risk to others. Driving on low sleep or rest makes a driver more likely to cause an accident.
The following factors most commonly cause fatigued driving:
- Lack of sleep
- Untreated (or unknown) sleep disorders
- Medications that cause drowsiness
- Long work hours
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Early, mid-afternoon, or late-night driving
Truckers and other commercial drivers are especially at risk for fatigue because they spend many hours working behind the wheel. Plus, their employers often hold them to unreasonably-high standards that pressure them to forgo appropriate rest. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number one remedy for fatigued driving is getting enough regular rest.
Other types of shift workers, those with untreated sleep conditions and young drivers below the age of 29, are also at the highest risk for fatigued driving-related auto accidents. A single drowsy driver might be responsible for an accident; in other circumstances, multiple drivers may be partially at fault.
Fatigued or Drowsy Driving Is Too Common
Drowsy driving facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that an estimated one in 25 drivers aged 18 and older have reported falling asleep behind the wheel within the past 30 days. Other data has shown that drivers who get at least the recommended eight hours of sleep per night are much safer than those who only get six to seven hours of sleep each night.
Fatigued driving is a serious and prevalent issue. When someone is low on sleep, it’s much easier to drowse off and begin to drift or swerve along the road. Even a moment of drowsiness can cause a drowsy driver to move into oncoming traffic, run off the road, or cause a severe accident with other drivers.
If a fatigued driver caused your accident and you suffered injuries, you are likely entitled to financial recovery. We urge you to at least consult with a Dallas fatigued driver lawyer who can let you know your legal options and what type of settlement you might be qualified to receive. If you choose to work with a lawyer, they can help you build a strong claim with the fatigued driver’s insurance company.
What You Need to Build Your Fatigued Driver Accident Case
To have a successful personal injury claim, you’ll need to demonstrate that:
- The other driver owed you a duty of care (to drive safely);
- The driver breached their duty of care (by driving while fatigued), meaning they were negligent;
- The driver’s negligence directly caused your accident; and
- The accident caused your injuries and other damages.
Proving driver fatigue is not always easy. Breath or blood tests can show drunk driving, for example, but there is no test for fatigue. To confirm the other driver was fatigued, you’ll need to do some investigation into the accident and gather evidence to support your claim.
Gathering Evidence for Your Fatigued Driver Case
An experienced lawyer will have accident reconstruction experts, investigators, and other professionals who can help show what happened. Even if the other driver is denying that they were sleepy behind the wheel, there are ways to compile supportive evidence.
Other evidence that helps your case includes:
- Pictures from the accident scene
- Contact information for eyewitnesses to the crash
- Videos of the other driver’s actions
- Copies of the driver’s work schedule
- Logbooks showing the driver’s shift
- Your medical records
- Copies of the accident report
The stronger the evidence, the better. Your lawyer can help you do all of the above and more. If you want to learn more about how a Dallas fatigued driver lawyer will work on a case like yours, call (214) 305-8277 or fill out one of our online contact forms. We’ll give you a FREE consultation to discuss your case with the best attorney for your needs.
Damages You Can Claim from the Accident
Any losses you experience as a result of your accident injuries are considered personal injury damages. You’ll need to account for all damages from the accident before filing your claim. Otherwise, you risk getting left paying for some of the costs of the accident.
Common accident damages include:
- Doctor and hospital bills
- Prescription medications
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Vehicle repairs or replacement
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Your lawyer can help ensure all damages are considered and included. If you have a lot of emotional damages because of the accident, it’s best to work with a lawyer who can help you calculate how much those are worth. In Texas, these damages have no cap for auto accident cases.
Talk to a Dallas Fatigued Driver Lawyer at No Cost Today
Our Dallas car accident lawyers hold fatigued truckers and other drivers accountable for their behavior. You should not have to bear the costs of an accident that you did not cause—and we are here to help.
We can assist you in building a strong insurance claim to seek compensation for your costs. We also do not charge our clients a fee unless we’re able to win them the compensation they deserve. To get your FREE, no-obligation consultation, call us at (214) 305-8277 or contact us online today.