If you were injured in an intersection collision in Baton Rouge, you may be able to hold the driver who caused the accident accountable and recover compensation for your damages. A Baton Rouge accidents in intersection lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help.
Let a member of our team from the Morris Bart law office in Baton Rouge assess your situation and determine the strength of your case today. You can speak with a team member now by dialing (225) 341-5694. We can evaluate your options for seeking financial recovery.
Supporting a Claim Based on an Intersection Accident in Baton Rouge
Building a case to prove fault and liability in an intersection accident in Baton Rouge requires our team to investigate the accident, gather physical evidence, interview witnesses, enlist the help of experts, and more. These accidents require us to first prove that the at-fault driver acted negligently while passing through the intersection. There are four elements required to prove negligence:
- The driver had specific rules, signals, or signage to follow.
- The driver failed to obey the law while navigating the intersection.
- Their failure caused a collision.
- Our client suffered injuries and financial losses as a result.
Once our Baton Rouge car accident lawyers document the negligence that caused our client’s accident, we can value their losses and seek a payout based on the evidence we have. We may negotiate a fair settlement for our client with the insurance company that represents the at-fault driver. The insurance company is unlikely to want to go to trial if we confront them with a strong case showing their policyholder caused the accident and your injuries.
For a free legal consultation with a Accident in Intersection lawyer serving Baton Rouge, call (225) 341-5694
Seeking Financial Recovery Following an Intersection Collision
While out-of-court settlements often occur in these accident cases, sometimes filing an insurance claim is not enough. Our team of trial attorneys will not hesitate to take a traffic accident case to court if necessary. Our goal is to secure a payout for our clients when possible, whether through an insurance claim or a civil trial.
Recoverable damages in an intersection accident could include:
- Past, current, and future medical care for your accident injuries
- Current and future lost wages and benefits
- Reduced earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering damages
- Other non-economic losses
Wrongful Death Damages
Many intersection accidents result in side impacts, which are among the most dangerous types of accidents. Head-on collisions and rollovers are also possible. If your family member died from their injuries after an intersection accident in Baton Rouge, the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you seek wrongful death damages.
Time Limits that Apply to Filing an East Baton Rouge Parish Lawsuit
If we need to file an East Baton Rouge Parish personal injury lawsuit, there are strict deadlines we will need to meet in order to move forward. Per Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, Louisiana has a one-year deadline on most negligence lawsuits in the state, including traffic accident cases. We need to submit the initial paperwork in an accident case before the first anniversary of the collision to protect our client’s right to take the case to court.
Half of All Serious Accidents Are Intersection Collisions
If you were a victim of an intersection accident in East Baton Rouge Parish, you are not alone. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) reports that approximately 50% of serious collisions—including injury and fatality accidents—occur at or in intersections. This includes many of the most common types of accidents, such as:
- Side-impact collisions
- Rear-end accidents
- Failure to yield accidents
- Failure to obey traffic signals or signs collisions
Drivers Who Fail to Heed Traffic Signs and Signals Can Cause an Accident
Intersections are dangerous since traffic moving in different directions must cross paths. Most intersections have some type of traffic control signal or signage to reduce the risk of accidents, such as stop signs or traffic lights. These give drivers instructions on how to safely navigate the intersection without a collision.
When a motorist ignores the sign or signal, is not paying attention to it, or fails to obey it properly, it greatly increases the risk of an accident. For example, many intersections are marked with “Left turn yield on green” or similar signage. This instructs the driver to:
- Slow down or stop, if necessary
- Look for oncoming traffic
- Turn left across lanes only after yielding to oncoming traffic
When a driver fails to yield, fails to see an oncoming vehicle, or misjudges the speed of the oncoming vehicle, an accident may occur. The driver who failed to yield did not obey the signage and would likely be at fault.
Speak with a Team Member from Morris Bart, LLC in Baton Rouge
A lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help if you suffered injuries due to a collision caused by another driver. When another motorist acts negligently and causes a collision, the victims of that collision can often build a case and hold the at-fault driver legally accountable. This allows the victims to recover compensation for their injuries and losses.
To learn if you have a case against the driver who hit you, call the Morris Bart law office in Baton Rouge today at (225) 341-5694.
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