If you were hurt in a Terrebonne Parish tractor-trailer accident, you could pursue compensation and recover the money you need to pay for your care. A Houma truck accident attorney from Morris Bart LLC may be able to handle the claims process for you.
Our personal injury attorneys provide complimentary case reviews for truck collision victims. We can discuss your crash, injuries, rights, and legal options with you for free today. Our firm handles these cases based on contingency, which means we collect no fees from you upfront.
Recovering Compensation After Your Houma, LA, Truck Accident
Recoverable damages compensate a truck accident victim for their related expenses and losses. We often help our clients recover their damages with either an insurance claim or a negligence lawsuit.
A Houma tractor-trailer accident lawyer from our team knows how to navigate the claims process, even in the most complex commercial vehicle accident cases. We can investigate what happened, gather support for your claim, and demand a just award for you and your family. This could include recoverable damages such as:
- Medical bills for injury treatment and care
- Future care and support for injuries
- Lost income and benefits
- Diminished earning capacity
- Vehicle repair and other property damages
- Pain and suffering damages
Pursuing Wrongful Death Damages After a Houma Truck Collision
If your loved one qualified to pursue an injury claim but died before they could take action, you might be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Immediate family members can recover damages and hold the at-fault parties responsible under La. Civ. Code Art. 2315.2.
In most cases, it is the spouse, spouse and children, children, or parents who can recover damages in these cases, which may include:
- Expenses, including medical bills and funeral and burial costs
- Financial losses, such as lost income and loss of services
- Intangibles damages suffered by surviving family members
For a free legal consultation with a truck accident lawyer serving Houma, contact Morris Bart, LLC today.
For a free legal consultation with a Truck Accident lawyer serving Houma, call (985) 900-1195
Protecting Your Rights After a Houma Truck Crash
The hours and days following a serious truck accident can be overwhelming. Insurance companies know this and may use it to their advantage. In some cases, they may even offer an immediate settlement. These settlements rarely cover the full scope of your damages after a commercial truck accident. Protect your legal right to fair compensation by taking the following steps:
- Seek prompt medical attention.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions and attend all appointments.
- Do not admit fault or apologize.
- Do not speak with the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier.
- Do not accept a settlement offer before talking to your attorney.
- Hire a lawyer as soon as possible after your truck accident.
A Houma truck accident lawyer at Morris Bart, LLC can help you navigate the process and defend your legal right to reasonable compensation after a truck collision.
Morris Bart, LLC, Represents Victims of Truck Crashes in Houma
At Morris Bart, LLC, we had more than 5,600 wins for our clients in 2022. Personal injury lawyer Morris Bart and his team have over 40 years of experience protecting rights and recovering settlements for injured accident victims. If needed, we can also represent our clients at trial and win awards on their behalf.
If we represent you in your case, we will:
- Investigate what happened
- Identify the liable parties
- Review the available insurance policies
- Gather evidence to support your case
- Value your damages
- Demand fair compensation
- Negotiate with the insurer
- Sue the liable parties if necessary
We Could Start on Your Case Today with no Upfront Fees
We handle these tasks based on contingency. We do not charge for our legal services upfront. Instead, our attorneys’ fees come from the compensation we recover for you in your case.
Who Is Liable for My Houma Truck Collision and Injuries?
At Morris Bart, LLC, our Houma 18-wheeler collision lawyers build a case against those legally responsible for our client’s injuries. This requires us to prove who caused the crash and show they acted with negligence. That is, they acted carelessly or recklessly, and these actions directly led to your collision and injuries.
In addition to the negligent truck driver, we could also pursue a case against their employer. In Louisiana, La. Civ. Code Art. 2320 sets the legal doctrine of respondeat superior as law. This means the trucking company is vicariously responsible for their driver’s negligence under most circumstances. This includes any time when the trucker is:
- Driving their truck; and
- Handling job-related tasks
The personal injury attorneys at Morris Bart, LLC will work to discover all potentially liable parties in these cases and build solid support for your claim or lawsuit. The evidence in these cases could include:
- Law enforcement’s crash report
- Video or photos of the collision
- Witness statements
- Physical evidence
- A survey of the accident scene
- Accident reconstruction
- Expert testimony
- Relevant medical records
- Medical bills
- Vehicle repair estimates
- Other proof of losses and expenses
Evidence Could Be in the Truck Company’s Possession, Too
In addition, the truck company will likely have a lot of evidence that could support your case. This could include:
- The driver’s rest logs
- Data from the truck’s onboard computer
- Dashcam video
- Post-accident drug and alcohol testing results
- The driver’s employment history and records
- Damage to the truck and trailer
- Documentation of how the cargo was loaded and secured
We must act quickly to preserve this evidence by sending a letter demanding its protection. The earlier we know about your case, the sooner we can act. If we do not act quickly to begin building your claim, evidence may be lost or destroyed. For example, witnesses could move or forget what they saw, and nearby businesses might delete a video that contains footage of your accident.
Timeline for Suing Based on Commercial Vehicle Accident Injuries
We can generally recover compensation for our clients without going to trial. However, we sometimes need to sue the liable parties – often including a trucking company or another large corporation – to secure financial recovery.
Under La. Civ. Code Art. 3492, we usually have one year from the accident date to file a personal injury lawsuit. Exceptions or circumstances in the case could alter this timeline, though. You may have more or less time to sue in your case. One of our truck accident attorneys can determine the deadline during your consultation.
Speak with Us About Your Houma Truck Collision Case for Free Today
Morris Bart LLC Houma commercial vehicle accident lawyers may be able to secure monetary damages for you in your case. Our Houma office is located at:
1 Church Street,
Houma, LA 70364
We offer free consultations for crash victims and their families. Our attorney can review your claim and legal options today. Contact us today to discuss your injury claim with a skilled Houma truck accident lawyer.
Questions?Call (985) 900-1195
to find a Morris Bart office near you.