Previous posts on this California blog have discussed the dangers of fatigued driving and that some government agencies have put rules in place to prevent driver fatigue by requiring drivers to pull over and take a rest at certain times. The problem with the rules though, is that even if they get enforced, the offending driver will not be ordered by a government agency to pay compensation to his or her injured victims.
In other words, even if the truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and caused a severe or fatal crash, the worst thing that is going to happen to him or her is that he or she loses the privilege of driving for commercial purposes. A victim of such a fatigued and careless truck driver therefore may feel as if he or she has nowhere to turn after being hurt in an accident.
These people should know that they have legal options available to them. Specifically, they can file a personal injury action the negligent trucker and, in most cases, his or her trucking company. Through this lawsuit, a person can get compensation for unpaid medical bills, medical treatments that may be needed in the future, lost wages and compensation for things like pain and suffering.
In this respect, our law office knows what it takes to get a victim in the Los Angeles area are compensated for their losses are due to a trucker's fatigued driving. We are equipped to conduct an investigation to the facts and circumstances of a truck accident to determine if trucker fatigue could have been a cause of the accident. In particular, we have a detailed knowledge of medicine that helps us prove the full extent of our clients' injuries, which the trucking company or their insurance company might dispute.