Jonesboro Driver Fatigue Car Accidents
With all of the time constraints and demands of everyday life, many people do not get the sleep their bodies require in order to feel alert and refreshed each day. As a result, it is not uncommon for sleep-deprived drivers to fall asleep behind the wheel and crash into another vehicle. It is also not uncommon for driver fatigue car accidents to result in serious injuries, especially on busy Jonesboro roadways with high speeds like I-555. If you have been injured in a crash caused by a drowsy driver, call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today to speak with one of our Jonesboro car accident attorneys. Our firm has a skilled team of 33 injury attorneys and over 120 staff members.Driver Fatigue Car Accidents in Jonesboro
While there are various campaigns against drunk driving and the risks associated therewith, many people do not consider driving while fatigued to be a considerable risk. However, with 60% of drivers admitting to having driven while fatigued and 33% admitting to actually falling asleep behind the wheel, drowsy driving may actually be more prevalent and a greater danger than drunk driving.
Research indicates that sleep deprivation produces similar effects as alcohol intoxication. A person who has been awake for at least 18 hours would experience similar effects as a person with a .05% blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Alarmingly, a person who has been awake for at least 24 consecutive hours would experience similar effects as a person with a BAC of .10%. By comparison, under Arkansas law, a person can be charged with and convicted of driving while intoxicated if he or she has a BAC of .08% or higher.
In a driver fatigue car accident, just like in any other auto accident, you will need to prove that the fatigued driver’s negligence caused the crash in order to recover monetary damages. If you can satisfy this burden of proof, you can seek monetary compensation for your economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include medical bills, lost wages, and any other losses that can objectively be assigned a specific monetary value. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, include those losses that are more subjective in nature, such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
Under Arkansas law, car accident victims will generally have only three years from the date of the accident to sue for any bodily injuries sustained in a car accident or to settle the claim out of court. Otherwise, the claim will expire. To make sure your rights are protected and that your claim is asserted in a timely fashion pursuant to the applicable statute of limitation, you should consult with a knowledgeable car accident lawyer in Jonesboro.
It is important to keep in mind that even if you bear some of the responsibility for the accident, you may still be able to pursue a claim for your bodily injuries. Arkansas follows modified comparative negligence, under which you may still seek recovery for your injuries, so long as your share of the blame for the accident is less than 50%. If so, then your comparative negligence will reduce the amount of compensation you receive. In other words, if you are 20% at fault for the accident and the fatigued driver is 80% at fault, then your recovery will be reduced by your comparative negligence – in this situation, 20%. However, if you are 50% or more at fault for the accident, then you are barred from recovery and may receive no compensation at all.Discuss Your Car Wreck Claim with a Jonesboro Lawyer
If you are the victim of a driver fatigue car accident, one of our knowledgeable attorneys can discuss with you the various legal aspects of your case. Our firm has handled personal injury cases for more than 25 years, and our attorneys have recovered more than $1 billion in compensation for our clients during that time. We represent victims injured in driver fatigue car accidents all across the South, including in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky. Call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz toll-free at 800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation today with one of our car wreck attorneys.