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Damages You Can Pursue If You Are a Victim of a Drowsy Truck Driver Accident

By Car Accident Help on December 19, 2016

truck-crashIt is always important to be a vigilant driver when on the road, whether at night or during the day. Accidents happen all the time, but it can be especially dangerous when the accident was the result of a truck driver who was sleep deprived. According to HG.org “sleep deprivation is one of the leading causes of accidents on American roadways.” This finding is made even more alarming by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration who estimates that “as many as 1,500 deaths and 40,000 injuries may be caused by drowsy drivers.”

Truck drivers naturally are driving many miles for long periods of time. Thankfully, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set forth guidelines and regulations for how many hours a day truck drivers are allowed to operate their vehicle (hours of service), and now require them to take a certain number of breaks each day for specific amounts of time to avoid truck drivers driving while fatigued. However, these rules are not always followed, and as a result, accidents frequently occur.

If you are a victim of an accident caused by a truck driver who was considered drowsy or sleep deprived, you may have suffered injuries that range from minor to life-threatening. This can include brain injuries, broken bones, and even amputations. To help alleviate the financial burden of these medical expenses, your lawyer can sue for damages against the driver so you may receive the proper monetary benefits you are owed as a result of the accident.

The first damages your lawyer may pursue are the costs of your hospital bills which include any tests, surgeries, or treatments done while you were admitted. If you suffered any broken bones or injuries that will require physical therapy afterwards so you can heal properly, you can attempt to receive money to cover the price of these expenses as well. Any costs for medications, additional medical care, or wages you lost as a result of being injured can also be sought.

If you have suffered any injuries from a car accident with a fatigued truck driver, you’ll need the help of an experienced attorney who has dealt with personal injury cases that specifically involve truck-driver-related accidents. At Car Accident Help, you’ll receive the proper legal counsel to assist you with filing for damages against the truck driver and pursuing any financial restitution you deserve. Give us a call today and learn more about how we can help you during these difficult times. Contact us at (877) 478-3737.

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