A Baton Rouge tractor-trailer lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help if you suffered injuries in a commercial trucking accident in Baton Rouge. If a truck driver’s negligence caused your collision, Louisiana law allows you to build a case against the trucker and their employer in some circumstances.
You can learn more about your case and how we may be able to help during a free accident consultation with a member of our team. Call the Morris Bart law office in Baton Rouge today at (225) 341-5694.
Tractor-Trailer Accidents Often Occur Because of Driver Negligence
When a passenger car collides with a big rig, the occupants of the passenger vehicle are at a much higher risk of injury than those in the semi-truck. These injuries can vary from relatively minor to catastrophic, including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and more.
In addition to head-on, rear-end, and side-impact accidents that occur with all types of vehicles, there are some accident types that are usually specific to tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles. This includes:
- Wide turn
- Lost load
- Rollovers from improper cargo load or securement
In many cases, a careless mistake made by the truck driver, trucking company, supplier, or another party causes these accidents. If you can prove this is true in your accident in East Baton Rouge Parish or the City of Baton Rouge, you can likely hold them accountable and seek damages.
The Morris Bart law office in Baton Rouge helps accident victims weigh their legal options and pursue damages based on the facts of their collision case. To learn if you qualify, call for your free accident assessment today.
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Victims Often Hold the Trucking Company Vicariously Liable
A Baton Rouge tractor-trailer lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you develop a case and hold the trucking company vicariously liable for your collision injuries and damages. Per Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §2320, employers are also liable for the negligence of their workers when an employee causes an accident and injuries. In the case of a trucking accident, this may apply almost any time a driver is behind the wheel of the tractor-trailer truck.
Holding the trucking company vicariously liable is important because it means you will file your insurance claim against the company’s corporate liability insurance policy. This is likely much larger than an individual driver’s automobile liability policy. If you have minor injuries, this may not make a difference. However, it could make recovering compensation for future treatment, ongoing care costs, and intangible losses easier for those with long-term or permanent injuries.
The Morris Bart law firm is a contingency fee firm, meaning our clients do not need to pay us any attorney fees upfront. To learn more about how we proceed with trucking accident cases, call (225) 341-5694 today. We can answer your questions and review your case.
Our team has 15 offices to serve accident victims, including in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas.
Seeking Damages in a Baton Rouge Tractor-Trailer Accident Case
Many clients we represent prefer to settle their case without going to court, and this is often possible. We will file an insurance claim with the appropriate company, provide the evidence to support our claim, and request a just payout based on our client’s damages. Through negotiations, we can often come to an agreement and close the case.
In some cases, though, we need to take legal action. We need to file a civil lawsuit in an East Baton Rouge Parish court and ask the judge or jury to award appropriate damages.
The damages we commonly seek on behalf of our clients include:
- Past, current, and future medical care and related expenses
- Ongoing care and support costs for serious injuries
- Current and future lost income for missed wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damages
- Other related costs
We also put a value on our client’s intangible losses, including pain and suffering damages and other noneconomic damages. We include this value in our estimated fair settlement value and seek a payout that includes these damages.
For those whose family members died from their injuries, we will document, value, and seek compensation for wrongful death damages, as well.
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There Is a One-Year Deadline for Filing a Civil Lawsuit
When our trial lawyers need to file a lawsuit in an East Baton Rouge Parish court, we only have one year from the accident date to do so in most cases. CC §3492 sets a one-year deadline on personal injury lawsuits, although there are some limited exceptions.
This deadline marks the end of the eligibility period to file a lawsuit unless you meet one of the exceptions to it. This means you could lose the right to take your case to court unless you contact us early enough. We recommend reaching out to our team after your injuries are stable.
Speak to a Team Member from Morris Bart, LLC Today
A Baton Rouge tractor-trailer lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you gather evidence, develop your claim, and pursue financial recovery following a traffic accident in the area. Our attorneys know how to navigate truck accident claims and will take these cases to court if necessary. We protect our clients’ rights while also seeking the compensation they need to pay for their medical care, repair their vehicle, and cover other costs associated with their accident.
You can speak with a member of the Morris Bart law firm team from our Baton Rouge office for free today. We provide complimentary case evaluations and consultations for traffic accident victims in East Baton Rouge Parish and other nearby areas. Call (225) 341-5694 now to get started.
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