If your car accident occurred because of a brake failure, you may be able to identify and take action against the liable party. This could be the car’s owner, a parts manufacturer, or another party. If you have a strong enough case to support legal action, a Lafayette brake failure lawyer may be able to represent you through the claims process and seek compensation for you and your family.
You can talk to a member of the Morris Bart law firm in Lafayette today. We provide complimentary accident reviews and can determine if your case has merit. Contact our law office at (337) 446-4571.
Common Causes of Brake Failure
There are numerous reasons why a car’s brakes might fail and cause an accident. This means there is also the possibility of several parties who might be liable. Some causes of failing brakes might include:
- Owner neglect
- Manufacturer defect
- Defect in design
- Improper maintenance or repair
- Service department negligence
When our law firm pursues damages for a client in an accident that occurred because of brake failure, we must first investigate and determine the cause of the failure, including what happened, when, and who was involved. We may work with an accident reconstruction expert, an industry expert, or others to help us understand the accident better.
If the cause of the brake failure was related to a defective part or design, we may be able to pursue a case against the liable party or parties based on the Louisiana Products Liability Act, §2800. This is true no matter if the brakes failing affected your vehicle or the vehicle of another party involved in the accident.
We may also be able to seek damages for any injured party when a maintenance or repair facility’s negligence led to the brake failure and accident. If owner negligence caused the brakes to fail, the car’s owner, generally also the driver, is the negligent party.
To learn if we can help with your brake failure accident claim, contact the Morris Bart law firm in Lafayette today at (337) 446-4571. Our team can help you get a better understanding of the legal options available to you.
For a free legal consultation with a Brake Failure Accident lawyer serving Lafayette, call 800-537-8185
Our Brake Failure Attorneys Work on a Contingency-Fee-Basis
If we represent you in your accident claim, a Lafayette brake failure lawyer will provide you with legal services and support at no out-of-pocket cost to you. We provide the financial resources necessary to investigate your case, prepare your claim, and work toward a settlement or an award. You only pay us for our representation after we secure compensation for you.
If we need to take your case to court, Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492 generally provides up to one year to name the liable party as a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit in Lafayette Parish or another jurisdiction nearby.
You can learn more about our legal services and representation that may help you prove your case and recover compensation by contacting our law firm.
Pursuing Compensation for Brake Failure Accidents
Often, accident victims ask our team how much their accident case is worth. This is not something we can explain during your initial case review. In fact, putting an accurate settlement value on your case is one of the most complex parts of building a personal injury case. Unless we can gather evidence to prove your damages, we cannot collect a fair settlement based on your claim.
While this is more straightforward for some expenses, such as how much you owe for your initial emergency department visit, others require medical expert testimony, knowledge of industry standards, and more. For example, understanding your prognosis and likely future care will require us to work closely with medical experts to understand your needs and their costs.
Some of the damages we may need to document include:
- Current and future treatment and related medical care
- Ongoing care costs, if required
- Current and future lost income and benefits
- Diminished earning ability
- Property damages, including repair to your vehicle
- Pain and suffering damages
- Other non-economic damages
Brake failure can cause serious accidents that lead to severe injuries and even death. If one of your immediate family members died as a result of their accident injuries, you may be able to secure compensation for the losses you experienced. In addition, when you take action in a wrongful death case, we also seek damages for your other qualifying family members. This may include funeral and burial costs, loss of support, loss of services, and more.
If there is evidence to show that a parts manufacturer or another company knew of a possible dangerous defect with their product and allowed it to remain on the market, punitive damages may be possible. These damages penalize the company in an attempt to curb future bad behavior.
If You Suffered Injuries in an Accident Caused by Brake Failure, Contact Our Law Office Today
A Lafayette brake failure lawyer may be able to take on your case and help you pursue the compensation you may be entitled to. We cannot represent every accident victim who calls us, but we will review your accident for free to determine if we believe you qualify to take legal action. If so, we may offer to represent you. We can assign liability, build a case, and seek compensation on your behalf.
To learn more about the merits of your case, call the Morris Bart law firm in Lafayette today at (337) 446-4571. We have 15 offices across the Gulf South and serve accident victims from any area of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Contact us today to learn more about the legal options available to you and how we may help.
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