If you were in a collision with a negligent garbage truck driver in Baton Rouge, you might have a case against the driver and their employer. The facts of your collision and injuries may qualify you to recover compensation.
A Baton Rouge garbage truck lawyer with the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you pursue a personal injury case. You can learn more about your options based on the details of your accident when you speak with a member of our team. We provide free case evaluations. Call (225) 341-5694 to receive yours now.
Potentially Liable Parties in a Baton Rouge Garbage Truck Case
If your car accident occurred in Baton Rouge, the truck involved is likely a garbage or recycling truck that operates in the area. This means it could be one of the following:
- A City-Parish garbage truck
- A privately owned commercial garbage truck
- A dump truck that handles waste disposal
East Baton Rouge Parish handles garbage collection in the area, managing a fleet of City-Parish garbage trucks. There may be commercial waste disposal companies operating private garbage or recycling trucks and dump trucks that haul waste in and around the city, as well.
Determining which company operated the truck involved in your accident is one of the first steps your attorney will need to take before proceeding with your case. The rules that apply to personal injury cases are different when the liable party is a government agency or a private company rather than an individual. If you suffered injuries in a garbage truck accident, the team from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help.
For a free legal consultation with a Garbage Truck Accident lawyer serving Baton Rouge, call 800-537-8185
Navigating a Garbage Truck Accident Case in Louisiana
Cases involving commercial vehicles—whether owned by the City-Parish government or a private company—have special rules that often apply. For example, the Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §2320 allows us to assign liability to the company or agency that employs the driver under certain circumstances. This is known as vicarious liability.
If the garbage truck was a City-Parish government vehicle or a City-Parish employee was driving it, this can affect multiple factors of a case. Under Louisiana Revised Statutes (RS) §13:5106, there is a special process for filing a claim against a government entity, with much shorter deadlines. Limitations on the payout may also apply.
If a Baton Rouge garbage truck lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm represents you, we can help you understand what this means for your claim and how it could affect your financial recovery. We know how to build a case for vicarious liability or against the City-Parish.
The Morris Bart law firm can answer your questions about this type of case today during your free initial consultation and case assessment. Call (225) 341-5694 now.
Pursuing Damages in a Garbage Truck Collision Case
When the Morris Bart law firm seeks damages on behalf of a client, we generally try to settle out of court first. This allows us to negotiate a just settlement for our client without filing a lawsuit or going before a judge in civil court. In some cases, though, we will need to litigate the accident case and ask the court to award damages at trial.
Our trial lawyers frequently take cases to court and are ready to file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf if the circumstances call for it.
Recoverable Damages in a Baton Rouge Garbage Truck Accident Case
The damages we seek to recover for our clients include both their documented expenses and losses, and their intangible damages. The following are some common examples of recoverable damages:
- Treatment and care of accident injuries, both future and current
- Future and current lost income
- Lowered earning capacity
- Property damages, including vehicle replacement
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Wrongful death damages, if the client is a surviving family member who qualifies
Time Limits May Vary Depending on the Liable Party
How long you have to take legal action in your garbage truck accident depends on the liable party. In most traffic accident cases—including those involving companies that are vicariously liable for their workers’ actions—a one-year deadline applies under CC §3492. You must file the initial paperwork to begin a lawsuit within the first year of your collision.
However, there are exceptions to this rule. For example, there are other deadlines you will likely need to meet if the liable party is a government agency, as is the case when a City-Parish government garbage truck caused your collision.
When the Morris Bart law office in Baton Rouge represents you, we will ensure you are aware of the applicable deadlines and take action to keep your case on course, as long as there is sufficient time to do so.
Speak with a Member of Our Team Today for Free
A Baton Rouge garbage truck lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can help you seek compensation following a collision with a garbage truck, recycling truck, dump truck, or another commercial vehicle. In addition to our Baton Rouge office, we serve all areas of Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi from 15 offices across the Gulf South.
Learn more about your options for pursuing financial recovery during a free consultation today. You can speak with a team member of the Morris Bart law firm now.
We provide complimentary case assessments and represent victims of garbage truck accidents on a contingency-fee-basis. Call (225) 341-5694 for more information.
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