If you suffered injuries – or if your child was hurt – in a bus collision in Baton Rouge, you may be able to take action to recover compensation based on your injuries and related damages. An attorney from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to manage your case.
Our team from the Morris Bart law office in Baton Rouge will assess your options for seeking financial recovery during a free consultation. We provide case reviews for free for victims of injury accidents in East Baton Rouge Parish and other nearby areas.
Our Baton Rouge Bus Accident Attorneys May Be Able to Help You With Your Case
The Morris Bart law office in Baton Rouge is a contingency-fee law firm. In all, our team manages 15 offices in four states. We have worked for families like yours for more than 40 years. We know how to protect our clients’ rights and build strong arguments for compensation for them because we have done it for decades.
In 2019, we won cases for more than 6,500 clients. We may be able to put our experience to work for you, too. Some recent Louisiana settlements and verdicts secured for our clients include:
- $852,845 after a negligent driver caused a New Orleans car accident, and our client suffered neck, back, and facial injuries
- $650,000 secured in a Monroe, LA, drunk driving case that left our client with punctured lungs and broken bones that included a right arm, right leg, back, ribs, hip, and pelvis
- $640,000 for our client who suffered cervical and lumbar injuries, hip tendinosis, and headaches in a Lafayette, LA, workplace injury
We can often get the insurer to agree to a fair and just settlement without filing a lawsuit in civil court. When we need to go to trial, we manage every part of our client’s legal case and ensure they know what to expect throughout this process.
For a free legal consultation with a Bus Accident lawyer serving Baton Rouge, call (225) 341-5694
Compensation Could Cover the Damages You Suffered in a Baton Rouge Crash
The compensation you may be able to recover depends on your injuries, the strength of the case against the liable parties, and your damages. Examples of recoverable damages include:
- Current medical costs to treat injuries
- Future treatment, care, and support costs
- Lost income and reduced ability to earn
- Additional expenses with receipts
- Pain and suffering
When a fatal bus accident occurs, the surviving immediate family members of victims can also pursue wrongful death damages under La. Civ. Code Art. 2315.2. This could allow them to secure financial compensation for:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of services
- Loss of support and income
- Intangible damages they suffered
Family members who may qualify include:
- The spouse
- The spouse and children
- The parents, if no spouse or children
- Siblings, if no surviving spouse, children, or parents
Our team can determine if you may qualify to pursue a wrongful death action based on your loved one’s bus accident injuries and death.
Who Is Liable for My Baton Rouge Bus Collision Injuries and Other Losses?
Bus accidents can occur in several ways. You may be able to build a case for compensation if:
- You or your child was on a bus when a collision occurred
- A bus driver collided with your vehicle
- A bus hit you while you were on-foot or biking
Several buses operate in and around Baton Rouge. This includes:
- Capital Area Transit System (CATS)
- East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools
- West Baton Rouge Parish School District
- Other nearby schools
- Greyhound, MegaBus, and others
- Tour and charter buses
- Private coaches
In most cases, bus drivers do not own the buses they drive. Instead, they are employees of an operator and are working when a crash occurs. Under these circumstances, vicarious liability often applies.
Vicarious liability allows victims to pursue a case against both the bus driver and their employer, holding them both accountable for the injuries and losses suffered. Vicarious liability generally applies when:
- The driver caused the accident
- They are an employee of the company
- They were working when the accident occurred
This means that the Morris Bart law office in Baton Rouge may need to file a claim against the parish government, a school district, or a large company to seek compensation for our clients. Our attorneys will not back down or be intimidated by any liable party. Instead, we represent our client’s best interests throughout their case.
There May Be Exceptions to Deadlines for Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
There are statutes of limitations in place that generally give personal injury accident victims only one year to take legal action by starting a civil suit against the liable party. These statues include La. Civ. Code Art. 3492 for injury suits and La. Civ. Code Art. 2315.2 for wrongful death actions.
However, exceptions to these rules may apply to your case. A deadline for beginning your legal case could be longer or shorter than one year. Exceptions could occur because:
- The injured party is a child
- The liable party is a government agency, municipality, or parish
- Other specific circumstances
Our team will evaluate your case to determine the timeline that will likely apply during your initial consultation. In some cases, bus accident victims only have weeks to take action, so we encourage you to reach out as soon as possible.
Connect With Morris Bart, LLC for Free Today
You can speak with staff from the Morris Bart law office in Baton Rouge today to learn what you can do to seek compensation after a bus accident. During our free initial consultations, we will evaluate your case, answer your questions, and explain your rights.
Call us or fill out our online contact form today for your complimentary accident review.
Questions?Call (225) 341-5694
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