Drivers must take certain precautions when turning left across an intersection. Failure to do so can lead to a traffic ticket, a fender bender, or a serious injury accident. If you were the victim of this type of left-turn collision, a Lafayette left-turn accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to represent you in your insurance claim or lawsuit.
To learn how we can help, call us at (337) 446-4571. A member of our team from the Morris Bart law office will review your case for free. During this consultation, you can learn what options you have for pursuing compensation.
Negligence and Liability in a Left-Turn Accident
Lafayette Parish, like the rest of Louisiana, has laws in place that require drivers to take certain actions to prevent collisions. The legal statute that deals with left-turn accidents is codified under state law. According to Louisiana Revised Statutes (RS) §32:122, the driver approaching an intersection seeking to turn left must give the right of way to any oncoming traffic. If the oncoming traffic could be hazardous to cross, the left-turning driver should yield.
However, when a careless driver fails to yield, the results may be catastrophic. A side-impact collision is especially dangerous, and occupants of one or both cars may suffer serious or even fatal injuries.
If a driver violated this traffic law and caused your accident, you will need to show they acted negligently so you can hold them liable. If we represent your case, we can help you by gathering the necessary evidence.
To prove negligence, we must show:
- The driver had an obligation to obey traffic laws, including left-turn laws
- The driver failed to yield the right of way as directed under this law
- Their failure caused a collision and your injuries
- You suffered injuries as well as financial losses as a result of the collision
To learn more about how we can demonstrate negligence and liability following a left-turn accident, or to let our team evaluate your case and determine if you qualify for representation, call the Morris Bart law office now at (337) 446-4571.
For a free legal consultation with a Left-Turn Accident lawyer serving Lafayette, call 800-537-8185
Building a Case to Hold the At-Fault Driver Liable in Your Crash
If we work for your case, a Lafayette left-turn accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm will represent you based on contingency fees. We will not charge you anything up-front. We will first work to pursue your case by documenting your losses, filing your claim, and managing all communication with the insurance company on your behalf.
If we cannot reach a just settlement with the insurer representing the at-fault driver, we may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit and take your case to a Lafayette Parish civil court.
To build your case, we can work to demonstrate that:
- The defendant caused your accident and injuries
- You did not contribute to the accident
- You suffered losses as a result of the accident
There are several forms of evidence that we may use for this type of car accident case, including:
- The report filed by police
- A survey of the accident scene
- Eyewitness statements
- Physical evidence
- Photographs or video of the accident and the scene
- Your relevant medical records
- Accident reconstruction data
- Documentation of your losses
You can speak with your lawyer to learn more about how evidence can be used to build your claim.
Recoverable Losses in a Car Accident Case in Lafayette
When we pursue compensation for our clients, we will establish a case value based on the documented expenses and losses incurred as a result of the accident. Then, we will work with the insurance company to negotiate a settlement on your behalf. We fight to demonstrate our client’s losses, including:
- Medical care, treatment, and support costs
- Lost income and benefits
- Diminished earning capacity
- Repairs to your vehicle and other property losses
- Pain and suffering
- Other non-financial losses
- Wrongful death losses
There Are Strict Deadlines for Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit
If we do not reach a fair settlement through negotiation with the insurance company, we may need to take legal action. This will most likely require us to name the other driver as the defendant in a civil suit in Lafayette Parish. This does not mean we cannot still reach an out-of-court settlement, but it is the first step in taking the case to court if we cannot agree on a fair settlement amount.
Under Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, you have only one year to recover compensation for your losses. The deadline for filing is one year from the date of the accident in most cases. This means that victims need to act quickly to begin the claims process. However, there may be situations in which extensions may apply. Contact our attorneys today to learn more.
Talk to Morris Bart, LLC About Your Left-Turn Accident
If another driver failed to yield while making a left turn and collided with your vehicle, you may be able to hold them accountable for your resulting injuries and losses. A Lafayette left-turn accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can speak with you more about how we may be able to help with your case. We offer free case reviews and can help you understand your options for recovering your losses.
At the Morris Bart law firm, we have 15 offices, serving Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. You can discuss your case with a member of our Lafayette traffic accident team today at no cost to you. Contact us at (337) 446-4571 for your free case review.
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