If you suffered accident injuries in a collision that occurred in Lafayette Parish at night,
a Lafayette night driving accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you seek compensation for your losses. We understand the role the time of day of your accident can play and the increased risks of night driving. We may be able to connect the facts of your case to show that the other driver failed to use due caution for night driving, and this contributed to your accident and injuries.
To learn more about how we may be able to help you hold the at-fault driver accountable for your injuries and losses, call the Morris Bart law office serving Lafayette today at (337) 446-4571 for a free case review.
Night Driving Increases Accident Risks
While the National Safety Council (NSC) reports that the majority of all fatal motor vehicle crashes occur at night, there are only a fraction of drivers on the roads overnight compared to drivers on the roads during the day. The NSC also reports that there are inherent risks of night driving that increase the likelihood of an accident. These include:
- Drivers who are drowsy or fatigued are more likely to fall asleep when it is dark
- Many drivers have a more difficult time seeing at night
It is important to note that night driving in Lafayette can also include early evenings and early mornings in the late fall, winter, and early spring. At this time of year, it gets dark outside before rush hour begins and remains dark later into the morning than other times of the year. During these times, drivers encounter both dark conditions and increased traffic and congestion. Nationwide, in 2018, the peak time for fatal accidents during this time of year (October through March) was between 4 p.m. and 7:59 p.m.
In addition, you may also be more at risk of encountering a drunk or drugged driver at night than during the day. This significantly increases the risk of an accident, because you have an impaired driver dealing with the risk factors already increased because of night driving.
You can speak with a lawyer to learn more about your legal options following a night driving accident.
For a free legal consultation with a Night Driving Accident lawyer serving Lafayette, call 800-537-8185
Building a Case Against the Driver Who Caused a Night Driving Collision
A Lafayette night driving accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may accept your case and go to work to investigate the cause of the accident, negligence, liability, and the value of your losses right away. To hold a driver accountable for their role in causing a crash, we will need to provide evidence to show:
- They had certain traffic rules or other laws to obey
- They failed to do so
- Their failure directly led to the accident
- You suffered injuries and losses in the accident
To demonstrate your case, the lawyer representing you will:
- Obtain the police report and other documents
- Interview eyewitnesses to the accident
- Gather the available physical evidence
- Work with accident reconstruction teams
- Procure your relevant medical records and other proof of your injuries
- Document your losses
If you are ready to speak with someone about your Lafayette accident case, call the Morris Bart law firm at (337) 446-4571 today. Our Lafayette team can go to work for you if you qualify. We have 15 offices that provide representation for accident victims in Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi.
Pursuing Compensation Following a Lafayette Injury Accident
When our team files a liability car insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s policy, we present evidence to show that the driver failed to take proper precautions for night driving. We also demonstrate the losses you sustained as a result of the accident, including both financial losses and intangible losses. This could include:
- Current and future medical bills for related treatment and care
- Current and future lost income and related benefits
- Diminished earning ability
- Property losses to your car and other items
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering losses
- Diminished quality of life
- Other non-financial losses
- Wrongful death losses
Act Today Before You Lose Your Chance
Under Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, you have up to one year to file a personal injury lawsuit in your Lafayette Parish car accident case. We may be able to negotiate a fair settlement agreement based on your insurance claim in advance of this date. If this occurs, we will not need to take legal action against the at-fault driver who caused your nighttime collision.
However, it is important that we settle before the deadline arrives for filing a civil action. If we cannot reach an agreement with the offending driver’s insurance company before that date, we may need to move forward with a lawsuit. We could still negotiate a settlement agreement with the insurance company after naming their policyholder a defendant in your suit. For this reason, it is important to file your claim as soon as possible.
Talk to Morris Bart, LLC About Your Accident
A Lafayette night driving accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to represent you, filing an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit to hold the at-fault driver accountable for their negligent actions. If they caused your accident, you may have a legal right to pursue compensation.
At the Morris Bart law office serving Lafayette, we will review your accident case for free. We can determine if you qualify to build a case and seek a settlement based on the details you share with us during your free case review. If we believe you can secure financial recovery in your case, we may offer to take on your claim on a contingency basis. We do not get paid until we receive a settlement or an award in your case.
Call (337) 446-4571 now to speak with a member of our Lafayette car accident team for free.
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