If a fatigued motorist caused your collision, injuries, and financial losses, you might be able to hold them responsible and recover a payout based on your damages. A Montgomery driver fatigue attorney from the Morris Bart law firm can help you with this process.
We can help you understand the full economic impact of your injuries, the circumstances that led to your crash, and your legal options for holding the sleepy driver accountable. We can then manage your insurance claim or lawsuit while you focus on your recovery.
The Types of Damages You May Be Able to Recover
If you were hurt because of another motorist’s negligence, and you can hold them responsible for the damages and harm you sustained, you could recover compensation for your current and future collision-related bills and losses. Recoverable damages may include:
- Injury treatment, care, rehabilitation, and related expenses
- Long-term care and support costs
- Lost income and related losses
- Diminished earning ability if you cannot return to making as much as before
- Vehicle repairs and other property damages
- Pain and suffering and other intangible damages
We also represent claimants in wrongful death cases in Montgomery.
For a free legal consultation with a Driver Fatigue Accident lawyer serving Montgomery, call (334) 523-0664
Pursuing Compensation After a Drowsy Driver Caused Your Accident
There are two ways a lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can help you pursue compensation for the expenses and losses you suffered in your Montgomery crash:
Negotiating for an Insurance Settlement Agreement
The most common way we secure an insurance company settlement is to file an insurance claim and negotiate for a just payout with the insurer representing the fatigued driver. This process may allow us to recover compensation for you without going to trial.
Getting a Jury Verdict and Court Award
If the insurer will not negotiate with us in good faith, refuses a fair agreement, or there are other concerns about the case, we may need to sue the driver and take the case to trial. At trial, we will present a strong argument for a court award to cover your accident damages.
Fatigued Drivers Pose Extreme Dangers on Montgomery Roads
Fatigue can severely affect motorists and cause them to make careless mistakes behind the wheel. The risk of almost any type of car accident can go up when there is a fatigued motorist, especially if they drive a commercial truck or 18-wheeler.
According to statistics from the National Safety Council (NSC), driving fatigued or sleepy can affect a person in similar ways to drinking before getting behind the wheel. When a person has not slept in over 20 hours, they may be as impaired as someone with a 0.08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC).
This means that a fatigued driver may:
- Have slower reaction times
- Be less aware of dangers
- Have a shortened attention span and be more easily distracted
- Have reduced decision-making ability
According to the NSC, a fatigued driver is up to three times more likely to be in an accident than someone who is well-rested.
You May Not Need to Prove that the Other Driver Was Fatigued to Win Your Case
You may not have to prove that the at-fault driver was fatigued or fell asleep behind the wheel to secure compensation in your case. You may only need to prove they violated a traffic law or took another negligent action that caused your crash and injuries. The Morris Bart law office in Montgomery can help you with this process.
Morris Bart & Associates, LLC Represents Victims of Fatigued Driving Accidents
The Morris Bart law firm has 15 locations, including one in Montgomery, Alabama. We serve clients in four states across the Gulf South: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. We are a contingency fee firm.
We pursue damages for our clients and hold the at-fault parties responsible by filing an insurance claim or suing them in the local civil courts. Recent results in car accident cases handled by the Morris Bart law firm team include:
- $852,845 for a client who suffered back pain and facial fractures
- $580,000 for a client who required surgery to replace a cervical disc in their neck
- $475,000 for a client with back, neck, and shoulder injuries
- $450,000 for a client with an injured lower back that required surgery
No two car accident cases are the same, so these payouts do not indicate your case’s possible outcome. However, we can often help our clients document their damages as a part of developing their claim or preparing for trial. Identifying and proving losses allows us to seek compensation for as many damages as possible.
The Deadline to Sue in Alabama
If we need to sue an at-fault driver on behalf of our clients in Alabama, we generally have two years to file the paperwork per Ala. Code § 6-2-38. There may be circumstances in some cases that shorten this deadline.
Discuss Your Accident Case With a Team Member Today for Free
The Morris Bart law firm has a team member available to speak with you for free right away about your accident involving a fatigued driver in Montgomery. We provide complimentary consultations so that you can learn more about your legal options.
You can reach our firm’s Montgomery location now by calling or filling out our online contact form. We want to discuss your collision during your free case assessment today.
Questions?Call (334) 523-0664
to find a Morris Bart office near you.