If a loved one has passed away after an auto accident caused by a drowsy driver, getting financial compensation for your loss may be the last thing on your mind. But filing lawsuits against the at-fault driver under the wrongful death and survival act can bring financial security to you and your family. The fatal attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. are here to assist you get justice done on behalf of your deceased relative.
If you want to pursue a wrongful death case against the driver who caused your loved one’s death, but are unsure if you have the financial resources to hire a lawyer, the Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. has the solution: our clients don’t pay us until we win or settle their case. Another way in which we put our clients first is that we guarantee that our clients can talk to the lawyer who is working on their case no matter what time of day they might call.
Fatal Car Accidents Involving Driver Fatigue
According to a 2005 nation-wide poll, 60% of adult drivers in the United States had driven a car while feeling drowsy within the previous year. Even more worrisome, 37% of respondents reported that they had actually fallen asleep at the wheel. Obviously, being asleep at the wheel is extraordinarily dangerous. But even driving while tired can significantly increase the risk of an accident, as studies have shown that the effects of fatigue are similar to those of being intoxicated.
The National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration estimates that over 100,000 accidents occur each year because of driver fatigue in the United States. These accidents cause around 1,550 deaths and over 70,000 injuries per year. These figures are conservative estimates, because it is difficult to prove driver fatigue, and the police are unable to test for it as they do with alcohol. Thus, fatigue-related accidents are significantly under-reported in the US.
Owing to the difficulties in proving driver fatigue directly, your lawyer will likely have to prove that the at-fault driver was tired through the use of circumstantial evidence. For example, he can use information such as the time of day, the driver’s work schedule, and the miles driven on a given trip to prove that the driver was likely too tired to be able to drive safely.
In some cases of driver fatigue, it may be possible to hold people other than the at-fault driver responsible for your relative’s passing. When a driver is acting within the scope of his or her employment and negligently causes an accident, the victims can sue the driver’s employer under the doctrine of respondeat superior.
How a Fatal Lawyer Will Help You
Thus, if your relative’s accident was caused by a sleepy truck driver—or even an employee running an errand during a night shift—it may be possible to hold the company responsible. This is beneficial because companies usually have more assets than individuals, and may also be more willing to settle in order to protect their reputation.
If you believe a drowsy driver may have caused your relative’s death, you can talk to a Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. lawyer today for a free consultation regarding your case. He will ask you questions about the circumstances of your relative’s death, and the kinds of material and emotional losses your household has experienced as a result. Call Jared Staver at (312) 236-2900 today. At the end of your consultation, you will have an idea of what sort of compensation you may be entitled to, and whether it’s in your interest to retain our services.