Proving Liability Against a Tired Driver
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A tired driver, whether the individual was driving his or her personal vehicle, or a commercial driver carrying out their job duties, en route to their next destination, is a negligent one. According to a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a tired driver causes as much as 100, 000 accidents every year.
While any automobile accident can result in serious and often devastating injuries, as well as substantial property damage, a tired driver can be held accountable for causing the accident. Under Georgia’s laws concerning personal injury, you, as the injured victim, have the right to file a claim against that tired driver and hold them responsible for the accident.
For more information about your legal rights, request a free consultation with Webb & Taylor, LLC!
How to Spot a Tired Driver
A fatigued driver poses a risk to others on the road just as much as a drunk driver would. The reason for that is because lack of sleep over time significantly decreases the brain’s functions.
Watch for these signs of a possible tired driver:
- Weaving from lane to lane
- Overstepping the lane boundaries
- Wandering off the road
- Speeding or driving well below the speed limit
- Blowing past traffic lights and stop signs
- Making erratic driving maneuvers
- Failing to use turn signals
A driver who is constantly deprived of sleep, especially truck drivers who are pushing the limits working long hours and driving many thousands of miles, may begin to experience the deteriorating effects. These side effects may include diminished memory function, inability to focus, and worse of all, falling asleep behind the wheel.
It is important, however, to determine whether or not the driver in question was fatigued. Establishing fault and liability early on can greatly increase your chances of having a successful claim. As Peachtree City truck accident attorneys, we have represented clients through the years who have sustained numerous injuries from these occurrences. Some of these include whiplash, concussions, fractures, bruises, etc. In some cases, injury victims may further need surveillance from a medical team and extensive hospitalization. You have the right to take action against a tired truck driver who has caused your accident and recover your financial losses.
What Sets Webb & Taylor, LLC Apart?
We have helped many in this situation first-hand. Because we have two nurses on staff, we understand the law and the medical practice. This has only helped us build a solid reputation as a professional, compassionate and caring team. We have also been included in the Super Lawyers® list, as well as an AV® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, which further demonstrates our commitment to only exceptional legal representation.
Do not hesitate to contact our firm if you have been injured by a tired driver. Contact us as soon as possible!