Drivers have a duty of care to obey traffic laws and keep other road users safe. Taking the wheel when they are overly tired or drowsy could easily cause an accident. If a fatigued driver caused your car accident in Shreveport, you may be able to recover compensation from them for your accident-related damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and more.
If there is proof to show that a fatigued driver made a careless mistake or fell asleep behind the wheel and this led to your accident, a Shreveport driver fatigue lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you. We can manage insurance claims, settlement negotiations, and personal injury lawsuits for our clients.
To learn more about how victims of this type of traffic accident can pursue compensation and what is required, reach out to the Morris Bart law firm today by calling (318) 553-5470. A member of our team is standing by to provide you with a free consultation on your case.
Fatigue Can Reduce a Driver’s Ability and Judgment
When a fatigued driver gets behind the wheel, not only could they fall asleep, but being tired on its own can affect their ability to drive safely. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fatigue can:
- Cause lack of focus and make it impossible to keep their full attention on the road.
- Slow down the time it takes for a driver to react mentally and physically, meaning it may take longer to recognize a hazard and react to it.
- Hinder good judgment and decision-making ability.
As fatigue worsens, these effects may all worsen as well. If the driver falls asleep, this may lead to running off the road, drifting into another lane, failing to stop in an intersection, and many other extremely dangerous driving behaviors.
While any driver can suffer from fatigue and/or fall asleep behind the wheel, commercial vehicle operators may be at a higher risk of fatigue on the road due to the large amount of time they spend driving. Since many of these vehicles are much larger than a typical passenger car, this creates additional concerns about severe injuries. Even though there are laws in place from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to limit the hours of service for truck drivers and certain other commercial vehicle drivers, many of these drivers still feel pressure to drive longer and further than they should.
For a free legal consultation with a Driver Fatigue Accident lawyer serving Shreveport, call (318) 553-5470
Morris Bart, LLC Represents Shreveport Car Accident Victims
A Shreveport driver fatigue lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to accept your case. If we believe that you have a viable claim against the fatigued driver who hit you, we may offer to seek compensation on your behalf through:
- An insurance claim based on that driver’s liability coverage
- A personal injury lawsuit naming that driver as the defendant
We can investigate your collision and build an argument to show that the drowsy driver’s careless and negligent actions caused your accident, injuries, and damages. We can calculate the value of your case and pursue a payout based on this value. If we cannot reach an agreement for a fair settlement with the insurer, we can take your case to trial.
You can find out more about what it takes to hold another driver responsible for your accident by contacting a representative of the Morris Bart law firm at (318) 553-5470. We offer complimentary consultations to all Shreveport accident victims.
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Recovering Damages in Car Accident Case
Traffic accident victims may suffer many types of damages as a result of their collision and injuries. The exact nature, severity, and value of these losses can vary widely, but several types of damages may occur. These can include:
- Medical care, treatment, and ongoing care costs
- Lost wages, lost benefits, and reduced earning capacity
- Repair or replacement of the damaged vehicle and other property damages
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering and other intangible losses
In some cases, accident victims do not survive their injuries. If this unfortunate outcome is what happened to your immediate family member, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death damages could include funeral and burial costs, loss of wages, and more. Call the Morris Bart law firm today to learn more about pursuing a wrongful death case.
Talk to a Team Member of Morris Bart, LLC Today
A Shreveport driver fatigue lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you take action to hold the drowsy motorist who caused your accident accountable. This means handling all communications, paperwork, and legal deadlines on your behalf while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
If you qualify, our firm can represent you on a contingency-fee-basis. In this arrangement, we do not accept payment for our services from you unless and until you receive a settlement check or other compensation in your case.
When considering legal action, keep in mind that, per Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, a general one-year statute of limitations pertains to personal injury lawsuits in Louisiana. If you fail to take legal action by this deadline, your case may be dismissed, and you may be unable to recover compensation.
Call (318) 553-5470 now for a free consultation with a member of our Shreveport team. With 15 offices across four states, the Morris Bart law firm serves Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas.
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