If you suffered injuries as a result of a driver who changed lanes improperly and hit you, a Baton Rouge personal injury lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to review your case and pursue compensation on your behalf based on Louisiana personal injury law. This could allow you to hold the driver accountable and recover compensation for your personal injuries, expenses, and other damages.
Call (225) 341-5694 today to discuss your case with a member of the Morris Bart law firm in Baton Rouge. We offer consultations free to potential clients and take on Baton Rouge car accident cases with no upfront fees for victims. We don’t get paid unless you do.
Louisiana Law Is Clear on When and How to Change Lanes Properly
Under Louisiana law, drivers are only allowed to change lanes under specific circumstances. As outlined in Louisiana Revised Statutes 32:71, this includes:
- When directed to drive in the left-hand lane.
- When preparing for a left turn.
- When passing another vehicle that is going slower.
- When there is congestion, construction, or another issue in the right lane.
In addition, under Louisiana Revised Statutes 32:79, motorists must remain in their lane and not change lanes until they have “first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.” This means that drivers in Louisiana have an explicit responsibility to be careful and cautious when changing lanes. Failure to do so could not only result in a ticket and penalties, but it could cause an accident.
If a driver broke one or both laws that led to your traffic accident in Baton Rouge, proving it may entitle you to compensation. To learn more or to get started with a free case evaluation, contact the Morris Bart law firm today.
For a free legal consultation with a Improper Lane Changes Accident lawyer serving Baton Rouge, call 800-537-8185
Obtaining Evidence to Hold the At-Fault Driver Liable for Your Accident and Personal Injuries
A Baton Rouge improper lane changes attorney from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to identify and collect evidence to support your allegations of an improper lane change, allowing us to hold the at-fault driver liable for your accident and the resulting injuries. The type of evidence available will depend on many factors. However, it often includes:
- The crash report filed by the police after your accident.
- The physical evidence, such as damage to each vehicle, marks on the roadway, and other items.
- Photos and video of the accident and scene.
- A survey of the accident site.
- Accident reconstruction data.
- Expert testimony.
- Your relevant medical records and other related information.
- Proof of accident-related losses.
Using this evidence to support your accident claim, we may be able to work with the at-fault driver’s motor vehicle liability insurance provider to reach a settlement agreement that fairly compensates you based on the facts of your accident case.
In some cases, it may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court to seek compensation for your losses. Under Civil Code § 3492, Louisiana only gives accident victims one year following an accident to file a lawsuit in most cases. You could lose your right to hold the at-fault driver liable if you miss this deadline.
This means we will need to take several steps in the first months following your accident which include:
- Investigating your Baton Rouge accident
- Proving the other driver made an improper lane change that led to your collision and injuries
- Documenting your damages
- Filing an insurance claim and attempting to get approval for a fair settlement offer
- Determining a fair settlement may not be possible
Some of these steps could take several months or longer. We encourage you to reach out to us for a free case review as soon as possible.
You can reach the Morris Bart law firm today by calling (225) 341-5694.
Pursuing Damages in an Improper Lane Change Accident Case
Documenting the injuries, expenses, and other damages you incurred because of your improper lane change accident in Baton Rouge is key to ensuring any settlement to properly compensate you for your losses. Without taking this step, it would be difficult to fight for and secure a settlement that covers your current losses and puts a reasonable value on your future expenses.
Some of the damages you may be able to recover in a car accident case include:
- Current and future medical care costs for your accident injuries.
- Current and future lost wages and reduced earning ability.
- Property damages, including repairing or replacing your vehicle.
- Pain and suffering and other non-economic damages.
Wrongful death damages may be available if a family member passed away because of the injuries they sustained in the accident.
In most cases, punitive damages are not possible in a Baton Rouge car accident case. These types of damages, meant to penalize the liable party for intentional or incredibly reckless behavior, are only possible when explicitly allowed under state law. One exception to this rule is when an at-fault driver was drunk or otherwise intoxicated, and this contributed to the accident.
Contact a Baton Rouge Improper Lane Changes Lawyer to Learn More
If you were hurt when a careless driver broke a Louisiana traffic law while changing lanes, a Baton Rouge improper lane changes lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to build a case and seek damages for you and your family.
In addition to the Morris Bart law office serving Baton Rouge, we have 15 offices in four states–Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas.
To learn more, call (225) 341-5694 to speak with a member of our Baton Rouge legal team today.
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