Side-impact collisions are often serious traffic accidents, especially when they involve a large commercial vehicle. If you suffered injuries in this type of collision, a Baton Rouge car accident attorney from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help.
Reach out to the Morris Bart law firm’s Baton Rouge office today for a free review of your accident facts and details about your injuries and prognosis. Our team will assess your legal options and help you understand how we may be able to help.
Call (225) 341-5694 today to speak with someone in our Baton Rouge office.
T-Bone Accidents Involving Trucks Lead to Serious Injuries
If you were in a T-bone accident involving a commercial vehicle in Baton Rouge, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries, pain, medical care, and more by filing an insurance claim. This is especially important in tractor-trailer accidents when the size and weight of these trucks amplify the impact.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), nearly a quarter of all traffic deaths in the United States in 2018 stemmed from T-bone collisions. Many other side-impact accidents left victims facing severe injuries and lasting impairments. When a truck driver causes these accidents, it is because they failed to follow specific traffic laws that are in place to prevent this type of incident.
T-bone collisions may occur when a truck driver:
- Fails to stop at a red light or tries to beat a red light
- Fails to yield the right-of-way when turning left
- Runs a stop sign or goes at the wrong time at a stop sign
- Fails to yield to oncoming traffic when pulling from a parking lot onto the roadway
- Drives drunk, drugged, distracted, or fatigued
To recover compensation in this type of case, you will need to prove that the truck driver failed to obey a traffic law, that this action caused the accident, and that you suffered injuries resulting from the collision. A Baton Rouge T-bone crashes lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you build a case and seek compensation.
You can speak with a team member from the Morris Bart law firm today by calling (225) 341-5694. Our team serves not only Baton Rouge but all areas of Louisiana. We have 15 offices across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. We want to learn more about your accident and determine how we can help.
For a free legal consultation with a T-Bone Crashes lawyer serving Baton Rouge, call 800-537-8185
Liability in a Baton Rouge T-Bone Collision Case
When the driver who causes a side-impact accident in East Baton Rouge Parish is on the clock at the time of the collision, their employer may be vicariously liable for any injuries that occur. According to the Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §2320, an employer may be legally responsible for the actions of a worker when their negligence causes injuries. In this example, the truck driver broke a traffic law and caused a T-bone accident and injuries.
The trucking company will generally be legally liable as long as:
- The truck driver was an employee of the company at the time of the accident.
- The truck driver was engaged in work-related tasks for their employer at the time of the collision.
In most cases, if the truck driver was behind the wheel of their employer’s tractor-trailer rig when an accident occurred, the company is likely vicariously liable. What this means for your case is that you may be able to pursue an insurance claim based on the company’s liability policy. These liability policies are often much larger than an auto liability policy would be.
Seeking Compensation for T-Bone Accident Injuries and Losses
The recoverable compensation in a Baton Rouge side-impact trucking accident will depend on the victim’s injuries and necessary medical care, if they have permanent limitations and other factors. When the Morris Bart law firm team handles a truck accident case, we calculate a fair settlement estimate based on the losses our client suffered.
This estimated value will be based on the documented expenses and losses our client endured because of the accident. We will use the documentation to prove what a just settlement would look like to the insurer or present it in court, if necessary.
Common recoverable losses in a traffic accident case include:
- Current medical care and future expenses
- Past lost wages and future income
- Diminished earning ability
- Car replacement and other property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Other intangible losses
- Wrongful death damages if the victim passes away from accident injuries
Time Limits for Filing an East Baton Rouge Civil Case
If there is a reason why we need to file an East Baton Rouge Parish lawsuit in a truck accident case, we generally have only one year to get this process started. Under CC §3492, the law sets a deadline for the first anniversary of the accident to name the trucking company or another liable party as the defendant and begin a civil suit.
Missing this deadline will possibly jeopardize your financial recovery because the court is unlikely to allow you to go before a judge after the allowed time passes. Speak with a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident to keep your legal options open.
Talk to a Team Member from Morris Bart, LLC for Free Today
A Baton Rouge T-bone crashes lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you with your truck accident case in East Baton Rouge Parish. We provide complimentary consultations and can assess your accident today. Discuss your collision and injuries with a team member to learn more about your options for possibly seeking financial recovery in your car accident case.
At the Morris Bart law firm, we operate based on contingency. Call us today at (225) 341-5694 to get started with your free case review and learn more about our services.
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