If you were hurt in an auto accident while riding in a limousine or your vehicle was hit by a limousine, you may be able to build a case and recover compensation from the limo company that operates the vehicle. A Lafayette limousine accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you navigate this process and help you recover your losses from medical care costs and other related expenses.
You can talk to a member of the team from the Morris Bart law office serving Lafayette today by calling (337) 446-4571. We offer free case reviews for accident victims.
Pursuing an Insurance Claim after a Lafayette Limo Accident
Like other types of motor vehicles, limousines must have insurance coverage. According to the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC), there are specific regulations limo operators must follow in order to operate within the state of Louisiana. They must provide liability insurance coverage for riders or others injured in the event of an accident, among other requirements.
If you are the passenger of a professional driver in Louisiana, you are protected under certain rights determined by the state. Those rights include:
- The right to be driven in accordance with safe attention to traffic laws
- The right to be driven by someone with a professional license
- The driver’s license being in good standing
- The driver’s insurance being clearly displayed in the vehicle
- The driver’s car being in good, clean condition
If the driver was working at the time of the accident, their employer may be liable in a claim. While some limousine drivers may work as employees, other drivers may operate as independent contractors. A lawyer can speak with you more to determine what parties may be responsible for a driver’s negligence.
No matter if an employer or the driver is legally responsible for your accident, you may be able to seek compensation for a limo driver’s negligence in the following cases:
- When the driver causes an accident, and limousine passengers suffer injuries
- When the driver collides with another vehicle and the occupants of that vehicle suffer injuries
In some cases, our team may pursue a claim against both the limousine driver and their employer. In other situations, the case focuses primarily on the limousine company. A lawyer can help you to assign liability and explain to you the steps necessary to build a case.
For a free legal consultation with a Limousine Accident lawyer serving Lafayette, call 800-537-8185
Recoverable Losses in Your Lafayette Traffic Collision Case
First, we will work to investigate the accident, calculate the value of a client’s losses, and pursue a fair settlement with the offending driver’s insurance company.
If we present a case on behalf of a client and show that the limo driver acted negligently, that the limo company is liable, and that our client suffered losses, the insurance carrier representing the limousine company may agree to a fair settlement. This outcome depends on several factors, however. Many traffic accident cases can be settled by negotiations with the offending driver’s insurance company and do not need to go on to court.
We will seek to recover losses that include:
- Your current and future medical expenses for treatment and care
- Your current and future lost income and related benefits
- Diminished earning ability
- Loss of services
- Property damage
- Additional monetary losses
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Other intangible losses
The Morris Bart law firm also takes on wrongful death cases. If a member of your family was injured and passed away from their injuries, you may have a claim against the limousine company for wrongful death. By pursuing a wrongful death case, you may recover additional losses.
To learn more, contact a Lafayette limousine accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm by calling (337) 446-4571 for a free case review.
Time Limits on Taking the Limo Company to Court in Louisiana
Sometimes, it may not be possible to reach an agreement on a case with the insurance company representing the limousine owner or operator. The insurance company may deny the claim, contest the insured driver’s liability, or offer a settlement value that does not meet our case value calculations. When this occurs, we reserve the right to file a personal injury civil suit on behalf of our clients.
Under Louisiana law, Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, you have only one year from the accident date to file the paperwork to begin this process in a Lafayette Parish civil court or another jurisdiction as appropriate. If you missed this deadline, you would likely lose your right to take the case before the judge and jury.
Because of this deadline, we suggest that you begin speaking to a lawyer to get started on your case as soon as possible after an accident.
Talk to Morris Bart, LLC about Your Lafayette Accident
A Lafayette limousine accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you secure a financial recovery in your case. Initial consultations with our team are free for those who suffered injuries in a crash, and we handle the cases we accept based on contingency. We do not ask our clients to pay any initial fees out of pocket. We take our fees from the settlement or other compensation we recover on our client’s behalf. If we do not reach a settlement, we do not get paid.
To discuss your accident with our team, call (337) 446-4571 now. We have someone who can speak with you about your crash, injuries, and legal options.
We also provide representation and legal services to accident victims elsewhere in Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi from our 15 locations across the Gulf South.
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