You may want to consider legal action if you were injured by a fatigued driver in Tampa. Fatigued drivers cause many accidents throughout Florida every year.
Individuals responsible for fatigued driving accidents may be held accountable for their actions under personal injury law. You may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses in settlement negotiations or a personal injury lawsuit.
Distasio Law Firm defends car accident victims. A Tampa driver fatigue lawyer from our firm may be able to manage your case and pursue compensation on your behalf while you concentrate on recovering from your injuries.
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The Risks of Fatigued Driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that drowsy drivers may have:
- Slower reaction times
- Trouble maintaining attention on the road
- Delays in the time it takes to process information
Crashes involving fatigued drivers are most likely to occur either in the late afternoon or in the early hours of the morning, according to the NHTSA. The NHTSA also reported that 795 drivers died in accidents involving fatigued drivers in the year 2017.
As you can see, fatigued driving may pose many hazards to other drivers on the road. If you suspect that your car accident was caused by a fatigued driver, reach out to Distasio Law Firm for a free case evaluation.
A Tampa driver fatigue attorney from our firm may be able to manage your case and file a claim against the driver responsible for your accident.
Groups at Risk for Becoming Fatigued While Driving
Any driver could engage in fatigued driving in Florida. Simply not getting enough sleep could lead to driving while fatigued. However, there are some groups that may have a higher risk of becoming fatigued while driving. These include:
- Drivers who work long shifts
- Drivers who work night shifts
- Drivers with sleep disorders
- Drivers who operate commercial vehicles
Many truck drivers, for example, are expected to make long trips on a set schedule. In order to keep up with demands from the trucking company, they may push themselves past the limit and become fatigued. They may end up causing a truck accident if they become drowsy behind the wheel or fall asleep completely.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowsy driving is a major problem. Drowsy driving is the dangerous combination of driving and sleepiness or fatigue. This usually happens when a driver has not slept enough, but it can also happen because of untreated sleep disorders, medications, drinking alcohol, or shift work.
Work to Get Compensation After a Fatigued Driver Accident
Get started on your case by contacting a knowledgeable driver fatigue crash lawyer from Distasio Law Firm. We offer personalized care to all of our clients. Our fatigued driver accident attorneys in Tampa may be able to pursue compensation on your behalf while you focus on your recovery.
Depending upon your situation, you may be able to recover compensation for your:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages at work
- Lost earning potential
- Costs to repair your vehicle
- Costs for a new vehicle if your car is totaled
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
You should know that you may only be able to recover compensation for losses directly related to your accident. For this reason, it is important that you get medical treatment immediately after your accident. Waiting to seek treatment for your injuries may allow insurance agents to claim that your injuries were not related to the accident.
You may need medical treatment if you experience:
- Head or brain injuries
- Neck, back, or spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries
- Broken bones
- Burns, abrasions, or lacerations
You may want to visit a medical professional even if you do not feel hurt after an accident. Sometimes injuries—such as brain injuries—may take time to show up. However, medical assessments may identify them early, allowing you to get prompt care. They can also create a link in your medical record between that accident and your injuries that may be used as evidence in your case.
Building a Claim for an Accident Caused by Driver Fatigue
You may be able to get compensation for your losses by filing a claim with the insurance company that represents the driver that struck you.
When you work with Distasio Law Firm, a lawyer from our firm in Tampa can help you file this claim. Before filing your claim, we may gather evidence by:
- Investigating the scene of the accident
- Reviewing the police report regarding the collision
- Speaking with witnesses who saw the wreck
- Working with expert witnesses
In some cases, insurance representatives may work to reduce or deny your claim. They may try to blame you for the accident or downplay the fault of their client. If this occurs, we may be able to negotiate for your compensation using the evidence we have gathered of their client’s liability and the extent of your damages.
If the responsible party’s insurance company is still not willing to make you a fair settlement offer, Distasio Law Firm will not back down from taking them to trial.
Get in Touch with a Tampa Driver Fatigue Attorney Today
The team at Distasio Law Firm may be able to help if you were injured by a fatigued driver in Tampa. We can build your claim, offer you legal advice, and handle all communications and negotiations in your case when we represent you.
Contact Distasio Law Firm today. A Tampa driver fatigue lawyer can discuss your case in a free, no-obligation consultation. We offer representation on a contingency-fee basis.