If you were hurt in a collision caused by a tired or fatigued driver, you might be able to recover financial compensation through a personal injury claim. Your medical care costs, lost income, and other types of damages may be covered.
A Sarasota driver fatigue lawyer from Distasio Law Firm can help you file a claim and hold the negligent driver responsible for your accident. Distasio Law Firm is committed to providing car accident victims with personalized legal guidance and strong representation. We take cases on a contingency-fee-basis, which means we get paid only if we obtain a favorable settlement or award for you.
What an Attorney from Our Firm Can Do for You
Car accidents caused by sleep-deprived drivers can lead to immense suffering and considerable financial losses. You may have incurred costs related to your medical care, lost income from missed work, vehicle damage, and more.
A capable Sarasota driver fatigue attorney from Distasio Law Firm may be able to help you recover financial compensation for these costs. You may also be entitled to compensation for the non-financial harm caused by the accident, including your pain and suffering. Distasio Law Firm believes car accident victims deserve hands-on, personalized legal service.
In building your claim, our team can:
- Explain your legal rights and options for pursuing compensation
- Identify the liable party
- Investigate your case and gather evidence such as camera footage, vehicle data from event data recorders, forensic evidence, police reports, and medical records
- Obtain statements from eyewitnesses to the accident
- Consult with accident reconstructionists and other experts to strengthen your claim
- Calculate the damages you suffered and assign a value to your case
- Fight for a fair settlement that adequately covers your damages
- Take your case to trial if an appropriate settlement is not reached during negotiations
We Can Help You Identify the Liable Party
The party liable for a fatigued driver accident is often the driver. However, this is not the only party who may be liable for your accident.
Many fatigued driver accidents involve truck driver fatigue. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates that truck drivers take rest breaks. However, some trucking companies permit or even encourage truck drivers to violate the FMCSA regulations.
In these types of cases, the truck driver’s employer may share liability for an accident the truck driver causes. Distasio Law Firm can identify which party or parties are liable in your case.
We Can Fight for Compensation On Your Behalf
When an individual’s negligence causes someone to be injured or killed, that person may be responsible for the victims’ resultant financial losses. Unfortunately, getting the compensation you may deserve after a fatigued driver accident is often a challenging undertaking. Insurance companies may try to minimize payouts as much as possible.
At Distasio Law Firm, we help injured clients fight for the compensation they need. In general, car crash victims may be able to recover compensation for:
A collision caused by a sleepy driver in Sarasota can lead to major injuries and massive medical bills. You may be entitled to compensation for your emergency medical treatment immediately following the crash, as well as your ongoing medical expenses. This could include compensation for:
- ER and hospital treatment
- Imaging tests
- Physical therapy
- Medical devices
- Accommodations needed to make your vehicle and home wheelchair-accessible
- Mental health treatment for your trauma
Drivers who are asleep at the wheel or too fatigued to react quickly often cause high-impact collisions. Your vehicle may have needed significant repairs or may have been totaled in the accident. Compensation for vehicle repair or replacement may be available in a personal injury claim.
Lost Income and Diminished Future Earning Capacity
If you had to miss work because of your auto collision injuries, Distasio Law Firm might be able to get you compensation for your lost income. You may also be entitled to financial compensation for any harm caused to your earning capacity.
Non-economic damages are the intangible costs of your accident. You may be entitled to compensation for non-economic damages such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Wrongful Death Damages
If your loved one died in a fatigued driver wreck in Sarasota, the compassionate team of lawyers from Distasio Law Firm offer our deepest condolences. A wrongful death claim may allow you to hold the at-fault party accountable and recover compensation for your damages.
Per Florida Statutes §768.21, you may be able to receive compensation for:
- The loss of your loved one’s income and financial support
- The loss of your loved one’s domestic services, such as childcare
- The loss of your loved one’s companionship
- Pain and suffering
- Medical and funeral costs
The Statute of Limitations for Fatigued Driver Accidents
The statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits in Florida is typically four years, per Florida Statute §95.11(3)(a). The statute of limitations for wrongful lawsuits is typically only two years, per Florida Statute §95.11(4)(d).
However, your case may be subject to shorter time constraints depending on the circumstances. Distasio Law Firm can explain the specific deadlines that you need to meet in your case when you call for a free consultation.
Call a Sarasota Driver Fatigue Attorney for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one was hurt in an accident caused by a fatigued driver, you might be entitled to compensation for your damages. A Sarasota driver fatigue lawyer from Distasio Law Firm can help you bring a robust claim. Call us today for a free case evaluation with a member of our team.