If another driver was tailgating you and caused your accident and injuries, they may be found liable for negligence. A Baton Rouge tailgating lawyer can fight for your compensation. Call the Morris Bart law firm at (225) 341-5694 for a free consultation and learn how we may be able to fight for your case. While you might be blamed for the crash, you may have options for recovering from your losses.
Consulting with a Baton Rouge Tailgating Lawyer Can Strengthen Your Case
A consultation is your first chance to explain what happened and how you have been hurt. You know that someone was tailgating you, and you can speak to all the circumstances that led to the accident.
If there are any records of the driver’s negligence, such as a traffic ticket, your lawyer can use this evidence to build your case. After your case is opened, your lawyer will complete several tasks when seeking compensation on your behalf.
Communicating with Interested Parties
There may be several interested parties in a personal injury claim, and your attorney will speak to all of them. You might receive letters or phone calls that your attorney will manage for you. Your Baton Rouge car accident attorney starts settlement negotiations on your behalf, and you may have the option to go to trial if you cannot reach an agreement with the at-fault parties in the case.
Wrongful Death Claims
Sometimes a tailgating accident by a large truck ends in a fatality. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), most fatalities in truck accidents involve passenger vehicle occupants. Tailgating accident fatalities may result from many other accident scenarios as well.
Wrongful death claims take the place of a personal injury claim when someone has died. Typically, a surviving spouse or the children of the deceased person will file the claim. However, in certain cases, the siblings or grandparents of the victim may file. Your attorney can explain who should file the claim.
For qualifying family members, a wrongful death claim may help provide compensation for lost wages of the lost family member, burial expenses, and other costs.
For a free legal consultation with a Tailgating Accident lawyer serving Baton Rouge, call (225) 341-5694
The Trucking Company May Want to Settle Quickly
Trucking companies may want to settle your case as quickly as possible. When a large truck causes your accident, you should ask the trucking company to speak to your attorney. The trucking company might also send a lawyer to speak with you, but you should not do anything without your lawyer present.
The Insurance Company May Want to Settle for Less
Insurance companies might refuse to pay your claims or delay your payments. While you have the right to file a claim for your injuries, an insurance company may deny your claim or refuse to make payments that help you support yourself in the interim.
Call the Morris Bart law firm at (225) 341-5694 for a consultation and learn how to pursue a settlement with an insurance company.
Compensation You May Be Able to Seek
You could pursue compensation for a number of losses, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical costs
- Recovery, therapy, or counseling fees
- Lost income
- Lost potential income
Your lawyer will analyze the evidence of both your economic and non-economic losses in order to calculate your case’s value. A Baton Rouge tailgating lawyer can explain more about how your compensation may be calculated in your case.
Tailgating Causes Minor & Major Losses
If a large truck was tailgating you and crashed into you, the accident could be catastrophic. Someone who bumps into you in traffic might cause a minor accident, but these accidents can still cause damage and injuries. You do not have to walk away from even the most benign of accidents.
After an accident, call the police and get a police report. Then, visit the doctor or the ER to document your injuries. We advise that you do not try to settle any questions of liability for the crash at the scene. You have a right to consult with an attorney and file a claim after.
The Severity of Your Injuries
Severe injuries might include broken bones, lacerations, and even paralysis or amputations. When someone crashes into the back of your car, your life could be changed instantly. A doctor can assess your injuries, and then you can share your medical reports with a lawyer during a consultation.
Minor injuries in these accidents often include whiplash, sprains, and strains. Some people’s attitude is to move on without filing an insurance claim to save money. Some victims even feel bad for the at-fault driver. You should, however, call the police and report the accident to your insurance provider.
You never know how badly whiplash, sprains, or strains might impact your life in the future. For instance, if you have an active job, you may have trouble keeping up with your duties if you have whiplash and multiple strains or sprains. If these injuries take time to heal properly, you may need to reduce your hours, quit your job, or change careers.
Your Lawyer Can Handle Your Settlement Negotiations or a Court Trial
Your lawyer may advise a settlement or a trial based on the result of the negotiations with the insurance company. If you receive a fair settlement offer, you may choose to settle. But if the insurance company refuses to accept your claim or is blaming you for the accident, you may consider pursuing a court trial instead.
Going to trial may prolong the legal process. However, your lawyer may advise this route when an insurance settlement will not result in just compensation.
In Louisiana, you have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury claim or wrongful death claim, according to the Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492. If you do not begin the process within one year of the accident, you may not be eligible to take your case to court if it becomes necessary to do so.
Call for a Consultation
A Baton Rouge tailgating lawyer can be with you through every step of your case. Call the Morris Bart law firm at (225) 341-5694 for a free consultation with a team member. You may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries or losses, and an attorney may be able to demonstrate that someone else was liable for your accident.
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