A Truck Driver Lied On His Time Reports And Was Driving Drowsy When He Hit Me
Approximately a half a million accidents occur each year involving semi-trucks and other motorists, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. About 5,000 people are killed as a result of these accidents, with thousands more injured – and oftentimes seriously so.
A common cause for these types of accidents are truck drivers who have been on the road for a length of time beyond what legally is permissible. In short, these drivers are too tired to be driving. In your case, you appear to have discovered that the driver that collided with you provided false information on his time reports and was operating his rig beyond the time period permitted by law.
Negligence Of Driver
There may be other reasons why the driver caused the accident, why the driver appears to be negligent in your situation. With that said, knowingly driving while drowsy (as demonstrated by the driver’s decision to make false time logs) is negligent. If it is demonstrated that the drowsiness caused the driver to be inattentive, or even doze off at the wheel, you would appear to have a strong case against him.
Based on this information, you may be entitled to a range of compensation for different losses that you likely sustained in the aftermath of this accident. This includes compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, damage or loss of personal property (your vehicle). In some instances, you may be entitled to current losses as well as losses you may reasonably be expected to incur in the future. For example, you may incur medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering in the future as a direct result of the accident caused by a negligent truck driver.
In addition to being able to obtain compensation for the specific damages you have sustained as a result of the seeming negligence of the truck driver, you may also be entitled to punitive damages if the case ends up being litigated in court. Punitive damages are awarded in a situation in which a truck driver’s conduct is particularly egregious or reckless. Altering time logs and driving records can be the type of egregious or reckless conduct that may give rise to an award of punitive damages.
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