If another motorist’s failure to yield resulted in you or a loved one being injured in a car accident, you may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury claim.
Failure to yield can happen for many reasons. Often a driver is simply not paying attention to road signs or traffic flow. They may not see a yield sign because they are texting while driving or otherwise distracted. Drunk driving, driving under the influence of drugs, and aggressive driving may also cause failure to yield accidents.
A Baton Rouge accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can help you file a claim for damages after a failure to yield accident. You could be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, property damage, lost income from missed work, and more.
Call our office today at (225) 341-5694 to schedule your free case assessment. We may be able to take your case on a contingency-fee-basis. This means you only pay attorneys fees if we are able to obtain compensation for you.
Motorists Must Yield to Other Motorists and Pedestrians
Yield signs are not optional. If a driver disobeys a yield sign, they may be issued a ticket for a moving violation. Louisiana Revised Statutes (RS) §32:212 states that motorists are also expected to yield to pedestrians using a crosswalk. Failure to yield can lead to serious injuries or even cost someone their life.
For a free legal consultation with a Failure to Yield Accident lawyer serving Baton Rouge, call 800-537-8185
Bringing a Claim Against Another Motorist for Failure to Yield
If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident because another driver failed to yield, you may be exploring your legal options, but may be unsure of your rights in this situation.
Through a personal injury claim, you may be able to bring a civil action against the other driver. To win a personal injury claim for failure to yield, you and your attorney will need to show that:
- The other driver had a legal duty to follow Louisiana traffic laws and drive safely.
- The other driver breached this duty by violating Louisiana law or driving with disregard for others’ safety.
- You were injured because of the driver’s negligent actions.
- You sustained damages because of your injuries.
If you cannot prove that the other driver broke the law by failing to yield, you may still have a valid personal injury claim. You will need to show evidence of the driver’s breach of duty as well as evidence of the damages you experienced because of the accident. A Baton Rouge failure to yield accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can help you obtain evidence and use it to support your case.
Evidence We May Use in a Failure to Yield Accident Claim
There are many different types of evidence that our team uses to demonstrate the elements needed to win a car accident injury claim. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may use:
- Photographs of the accident scene
- Skid marks and vehicle debris
- Data from vehicle event data recorders
- Red-light footage
- Surveillance footage from nearby businesses
- Dash camera footage
- Police reports
- Eyewitness testimony
- Testimony from expert witnesses such as engineers or medical professionals
- Accident reconstruction and computer modeling
To learn more about how our team can help you, call the Morris Bart law firm at (225) 341-5694 to schedule your free consultation.
Compensation in a Baton Rouge Car Accident Claim
Your accident may have left you injured, in pain, and unable to work, and your car damaged or even totaled. If you were walking or riding a bicycle when you were struck by a vehicle that failed to yield, you may have severe injuries that impact your daily life. The costs you sustained because of the accident could have placed a considerable financial burden on you and your family. A lawyer can review your case and help you to recover compensation for the monetary and non-monetary costs to which you may be entitled.
Medical Expenses Caused by Your Injuries
Medical treatment costs can be substantial—especially if a person requires hospitalization. You may be compensated for medical expenses related to:
- Prescription medication
- Hospital treatment
- X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and other diagnostic tests
- Ambulance transportation
- Mental health services
- Ongoing medical needs like physical therapy, occupational therapy, and follow-up appointments with your doctor
Lost Wages from Missed Work
Car accident injuries often leave victims unable to work. Even if you were able to take sick days or use vacation time, you may be compensated for the time you took off work due to your injuries. You may be compensated for past missed work, as well as work you will need to miss in the future to attend medical appointments.
Reduced Future Earning Capacity
If your injuries have negatively impacted your ability to work long-term, you may also be entitled to compensation for your lost earning capacity.
Damages in an injury claim may also include compensation for your property damage. You may be reimbursed for the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle and the cost of replacing ruined property inside the vehicle. If you were hit by a vehicle while on your bicycle, the cost of repairing or replacing your bike may also be included in your settlement or award.
Not every loss resulting from a failure to yield accident can be easily quantifiable. Our team can help you bring a claim for the intangible costs caused by your accident, including your pain and suffering and the emotional distress you went through.
Wrongful Death Damages
Failure to yield accidents can lead to fatal injuries. If your loved one was killed in an accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to wrongful death damages. You could be compensated for the loss of your loved one’s income and work benefits, the loss of their companionship, medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, and more.
Contact Morris Bart, LLC Today to Get Help
An injury claim or wrongful death claim may enable you to hold a negligent driver accountable for a failure to yield accident and recover compensation for your damages. To learn more about filing a claim, contact a Baton Rouge failure to yield accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm.
Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492 places a one-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims and wrongful death actions in Louisiana. This means that, in the majority of cases, you must file your claim within one year to be eligible for compensation.
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