A Baton Rouge fuel truck lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm might be able to pursue damages for you after an East Baton Rouge Parish accident. If a fuel tanker truck driver caused your collision and injuries, you might have a case against the driver’s employer and qualify to recover compensation.
Let a team member from the Morris Bart law office in Baton Rouge assess your accident case. If our team believes you have a case against the company that owns the truck, we could offer to represent you based on contingent fees. Call (225) 341-5694 for your complimentary case review.
Fuel Truck Accidents Have Additional Dangers for Victims
When a fuel truck causes an accident, there are often serious consequences for the occupants in the smaller vehicles involved. This is not only because of the size and weight of these commercial trucks but also because of the large amount of fuel they haul. The smallest tanker trucks carry up to 3,000 gallons of highly flammable fuel, while the biggest trucks can carry as many as 11,600 gallons.
Following a collision, this fuel can ignite and cause a fire, increasing the risk of severe injury or death for everyone involved. Victims of these accidents may sustain serious burns in addition to their injuries from the force of the collision.
These burns could require weeks in a burn unit, additional surgeries, and months of rehabilitation. Intensive treatment and care could cost a significant sum even if the burns are limited to a relatively small area of a person’s body.
Whether or not your fuel truck accident involved a fire or burn injuries, you may have a case for compensation. Call the Morris Bart law office in Baton Rouge at (225) 341-5694 to learn if we might be able to seek a payout for you.
For a free legal consultation with a Fuel Truck Accident lawyer serving Baton Rouge, call 800-537-8185
Building a Case for Compensation in a Baton Rouge Fuel Truck Accident
A Baton Rouge fuel truck lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm will know how Louisiana’s traffic and negligence laws apply in your case. In addition to the statutes that outline the personal injury process, other laws could play a role. This includes LA Civil Code § 2320, which could allow us to pursue a case against the negligent truck driver’s employer under certain circumstances. This may be possible when:
- There is evidence the truck driver caused the accident.
- The company employed the truck driver at the time of the accident.
- The fuel truck driver was working on behalf of the company when the accident occurred.
This statute allows qualifying accident victims to file a claim based on the liability insurance policy of the driver’s employer. Alternatively, it may be necessary to file a personal injury civil suit against the company that employs the at-fault driver if you cannot settle your case out of court.
Filing a claim against the company based on their corporate policy means we will need to face their corporate lawyers. Still, it may also make it easier to recover a fair payout based on your injuries because these policies generally have higher maximum limits.
You can learn more and get answers to your questions about fuel truck accident cases by calling the Morris Bart law office in Baton Rouge today. Dial (225) 341-5694 to speak with a member of our team.
The Morris Bart law firm has 15 offices in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. We will review cases and represent clients in any part of our service area.
Damages in a Baton Rouge Fuel Truck Accident Case
If we accept your case, we will take the necessary steps to develop your claim and document your accident damages. This could include the following:
- Gathering evidence
- Working with experts
- Proving your losses and expenses
- Building an argument to support a fair payout
Taking these steps will allow us to file a claim and request compensation for damages such as the following:
- Injury treatment and ongoing care costs
- Lost income from missing work
- Reduced earning capacity going forward
- Vehicle repairs or replacement when necessary
- Pain, suffering, and other non-economic losses
- Wrongful death damages for the family of victims who died from their injuries
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Act Today to Protect Your Right to Seek Compensation in East Baton Rouge Parish
If there is any reason why we cannot recover a just settlement through the insurance claims process, we might need to file a civil suit in an East Baton Rouge Parish court. We generally only have one year from the accident date to begin this process in Louisiana, per LA Civil Code § 3492.
Missing this deadline could prevent us from presenting your case in front of a judge and jury later, so it is vital that we know about your case in time to take this step if it becomes necessary. One year is not as long as it may seem, so we encourage you to contact our team as soon as you have a good idea about your prognosis.
Speak with a Team Member from Morris Bart, LLC for Free Now
A Baton Rouge fuel truck lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can seek compensation on behalf of accident victims, working to hold at-fault drivers—and, when possible, their employers—accountable for the negligence that caused their collisions and injuries.
You can learn if you have a strong case against the fuel truck owner or driver by discussing your accident, injuries, and other facts of your case with a team member today. We provide free consultations for Baton Rouge fuel truck accident victims, as well as family members whose loved one passed away from their injuries.
Call (225) 341-5694 today to get started.
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