St. Louis Drowsy Driver Accident Lawyers
Representing Accident Victims in Missouri & Illinois
Commercial truck drivers are often on the road for upwards of 8 hours at a time. While there are federal regulations that aim to control the behavior of commercial truck drivers when they are on the road, accidents can still happen. If a truck driver is drowsy or fatigued and causes an accident, this can cause critical injuries such as brain damage, spinal cord damage, and severe PTSD in victims of the accident. If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by a drowsy driver, you could be eligible to recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more from the negligent truck driver involved.
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The Effects of Drowsy Driving
Commercial vehicles weigh 80,000 pounds on average, which is nearly 20 times the weight of a passenger vehicle. The impact a commercial vehicle can have on a passenger vehicle if a crash occurs is significant and can cause severe injuries such as head trauma, spinal cord damage, broken bones, and emotional/mental distress. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in a study of 140,000 commercial truck accidents, 13% were caused by drowsy driving. Drowsy driving is hazardous, and based on the results of several truck accident studies, the effects of driving while fatigued are similar to driving under the influence. A lack of sleep can inhibit a driver’s cognitive ability, and impair their sense of judgment, response time, ability to concentrate on the road and be aware of their surroundings.
U.S. Trucking Regulations
CDL drivers are required to strictly follow federal truck regulations, which include limitations on the amount of time a driver is on the road, a list of behaviors that drivers are required to avoid, and rules regarding what a driver should do if they are in a truck accident. Per Federal Commercial Truck Regulations in the U.S., truck drivers are required to only drive for 11 hours at a time, and, according to Section §382.121 of Federal Truck Regulations, are prohibited from drinking alcohol or using substances while driving a commercial vehicle. If a truck driver is found to be under the influence, has been on the road for more than 11 consecutive hours, or has otherwise violated federal regulations, and causes a drowsy truck accident, the truck driver and their employer can be held liable for the victim’s damages.
What Do I Do Now?
If you are injured, or someone you love is killed, in an accident caused by a drowsy truck driver, you could be eligible to recover compensation for your harm and losses, but it’s crucial to act quickly after the crash. Immediately after the accident, it’s essential to file a police report, seek medical attention, gather evidence, and consult a drowsy driver accident lawyer in St. Louis about your situation. Without an experienced lawyer by your side, it’s impossible to recover full compensation for your damages, and this leaves the door open for the truck driver’s insurance agent and other parties to take advantage of your vulnerability and inexperience during this time. Hiring a skilled attorney to represent your case offers support during this challenging time, and allows you to avoid dealing with the other party’s insurance company. Your lawyer’s job is to ensure that you have the strongest case, and the best chances possible of recovering the most damages from the other party’s insurer.
Typically, the following types of damages can be recovered for this type of accident:
Medical expenses such as medical bills, medication, medical accessories
Mental, physical, and emotional distress from the accident
Reimbursement for property damage
If the victim’s spouse notices a decrease in intimacy, they can claim a loss of affection
If you feel lost and confused after being involved in an accident, know that you are not alone. Your lawyer has your case’s best interests at heart and will be by your side throughout the process of recovering compensation offering support in whatever way they can.
Talk to The Dixon Injury Firm Today
Drowsy driving isn’t something that should be taken lightly. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident that was caused by driver fatigue, it’s essential to stay calm and involve a member of our team as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer can protect you during this vulnerable time, and do everything in their power to recover the most compensation for your harm and losses.
Christopher Dixon and The Dixon Injury Firm are passionate about recovering the most damages for their client’s harm and losses. To date, we have recovered more than $35,000,000 in settlements injury victims.
For more information on how our St. Louis drowsy truck driver accident lawyers may be able to help, call us at (314) 208-2808 today.