You may have been the victim of an accident caused by a fatigued driver in Covington, LA. If you were, a member of the car accident team from Morris Bart, LLC may be able to help you seek and secure damages based on your accident-related losses. We understand how stressful suffering injuries in a car accident can be, and we strive to make the insurance claims process as simple and smooth as possible for you. We can handle your legal case while you focus on healing from your injuries. Call us today at (504) 613-4771 for your free case review by a Covington fatigue lawyer. We handle these cases on a contingency basis. We do not collect our fee unless you receive a settlement or court award.
Fatigue Can Lead to Careless Driving and Serious Car Accidents
In 2014, a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) led them to estimate that there were 846 fatal car accidents caused by drowsy driving that year. In all, these deaths accounted for 2.6 percent of all fatal traffic accidents nationwide. Unfortunately, this seems like an average year. Between 2005 and 2009, the NHTSA found that there were about 83,000 drowsy driving accidents each year. These accidents included 886 fatal accidents, or 2.5 percent of fatal traffic accidents, and about 37,000 injury accidents. There is a good reason to believe these numbers may actually be much higher. In many cases, it is virtually impossible to prove a driver fell asleep behind the wheel or was extremely fatigued after an accident. Fatigue can cause almost any type of traffic accident, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bus accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- And possibly others
However, many fatigue accidents involve truck drivers and other commercial drivers who operate large vehicles for long distances, such as car carriers, dump trucks, tractor-trailers, and long-haul buses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these drivers have an increased risk of driving fatigued, falling asleep at the wheel and causing an accident. At Morris Bart, LLC, car accident attorneys from our New Orleans office also help accident victims in Covington and greater St. Tammany Parish pursue the damages they deserve. If you sustained injuries in an accident anywhere in the Gulf South, we may be able to help. Reach out to us today by calling (504) 613-4771.
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Let Us Secure the Evidence Needed to Support Your Covington Fatigue Car Accident Claim
When we begin to build a fatigue car accident case on behalf of our clients, we go to work gathering evidence to support our claim that the fatigued driver acted negligently, and this caused the accident. Our evidence in this type of case often includes:
- The police report from the accident
- Eyewitness statements
- Pictures and video of the scene and the vehicles
- Video of the accident, when possible
- Accident reconstruction
- Expert witness testimony
- Documentation of your injuries, expenses, and losses related to the accident
It is important to note that we do not necessarily have to prove the other driver was fatigued at the time of the accident to recover compensation on your behalf. We only need to prove they acted carelessly or negligently behind the wheel, and this caused the accident. For example, if the driver ran a red light because they fell asleep, we only have to prove they ran the red light to prove their negligence and liability.
Building a Truck Accident Case
Commercial drivers must follow strict federal regulations for how long they can drive without rest. However, their employers may push them to make deliveries in unreasonable time and put other pressure on them that encourages them to break the hours of service regulations. If their fatigue causes an accident, we may be able to build a strong case and hold their employer liable. Like in a car accident case, it is not necessary for us to prove the driver fell asleep behind the wheel or was too drowsy to make good decisions. With truck drivers, however, we may be able to obtain their rest logs that show they violated regulations. A Covington fatigue lawyer can gather evidence that can bolster our case against the trucking company.
Recoverable Damages in Your Covington Fatigue Car Accident Case
Our attorneys regularly pursue compensation for car accident victims from Covington, the greater New Orleans area, and across the Gulf South. We understand the expenses and losses victims frequently experience as a result of these accidents and can help you identify the damages you endured as a result of your accident and injuries. Some recoverable economic losses include:
- Current and future medical treatment and related care
- Current and future lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damages
- Other out-of-pocket expenses related to your accident or injuries
You can also recover non-economic damages in your car accident claim or personal injury case. These include:
- Pain and suffering
- Other non-economic damages
If a member of your immediate family passed away as a result of a Covington, LA, accident caused by a fatigued driver, you may be eligible to receive wrongful death damages. A Covington fatigue lawyer can review your case and help you understand if you or a loved one may qualify.
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Talk to a Covington Fatigue Attorney About Your Car Accident Case
It is important to note that Louisiana puts a time limit on how long you can wait to file a personal injury lawsuit following a car accident. Under Louisiana Civil Code Article 3492, most car accident victims only have one year from the date of the accident to file a civil suit against the negligent driver. We need to act quickly to gather support and file your claim. Call a car accident attorney from Morris Bart, LLC today at (504) 613-4771. We can evaluate your case for free and may be able to help you pursue damages.
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