If you were hurt in a car accident caused by poor vehicle maintenance, you may want to speak with an attorney. A lawyer can help you confirm what led to your accident and determine who may be legally responsible. A Lafayette accident caused by poor maintenance lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can go to work for you today if we believe you have a case against the other driver or another liable party.
You can speak with a member of the team from the Morris Bart law office serving Lafayette Parish for free today about your case. Call (337) 446-4571 to get started with a free case review.
How Poor Maintenance Causes Car Accidents
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns motorists to follow the recommended maintenance schedule from their vehicle manufacturer to keep the car, truck, van, or SUV operating properly and avoid other consequences. They also recommend finding a trusted auto mechanic who will perform the maintenance and repairs properly and help you understand what needs to be done and why.
Failing to maintain a vehicle properly could lead to:
- Costly repairs
- Failure of important parts
- Safety features that do not work
- Vehicle systems that shut down without warning
- Traffic accidents
Too many of a vehicle’s systems are vital to the safe operation of the car to ignore maintenance or signs of an impending problem. Issues with brakes, tires, steering, and acceleration are especially significant and should be addressed immediately.
The owner or driver of the vehicle may be the one who failed to provide for the proper maintenance of their car, and therefore they may be liable for the accident. In other cases, though, the neglect does not fall solely on the owner. Instead, it may also occur because a mechanic did not do the work they should have or because of a defective part that failed.
At the Morris Bart law office, we can investigate what may have caused your Lafayette traffic accident. Call us today at (337) 446-4571 to get started with your free consultation with a member of our team.
For a free legal consultation with a Poor Maintenance Accident lawyer serving Lafayette, call 800-537-8185
Building a Case for Negligence And Liability
If we work together on your case, a Lafayette accident caused by poor maintenance lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may consult accident reconstruction specialists and other experts as we investigate your case. We will take steps to demonstrate who was negligent in the accident and how this negligence caused your injuries as well as your financial losses.
Liable parties in a poor maintenance case could include:
- The other driver who did not perform the necessary maintenance or repairs to their vehicle
- An auto shop that provided improper maintenance or repairs
- The designer, manufacturer, or distributor of a dangerous and defective vehicle part
In the event of improper maintenance or repairs performed by a mechanic or a defective part, you may be able to take legal action no matter if the car in question was your vehicle or the vehicle of another driver.
Contact the Morris Bart law firm today at (337) 446-4571 to learn more.
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Pursuing Compensation to Cover a Client’s Losses
When filing a claim following a Lafayette collision, we will work to do both of the following:
- Hold the negligent party or parties accountable for their actions
- Recover financial losses for our clients who suffered injuries and significant monetary and intangible losses
Recoverable losses in a Lafayette poorly maintained vehicle accident case include:
- Current and future injury care
- Lost income and benefits
- Reduced earning ability
- Property losses
- Loss of services
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Other non-economic losses
- Wrongful death losses
If you faced any of the above losses, you can discuss with your lawyer how they might be calculated into a case value. If you medically documented your injuries or can show lost income, this kind of evidence can be used to demonstrate your losses and can help your lawyer build your case.
Time Limits for Filing a Lawsuit in Louisiana
Many car accident cases in Louisiana never need to go to civil court. However, if it becomes necessary to take the case to court, we will protect a client’s right to file a personal injury lawsuit in Lafayette Parish. Louisiana has one of the shortest statutes of limitations in the nation for filing personal injury cases, giving victims only one year to file a civil suit under the Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492.
The Morris Bart law firm often pursues out-of-court settlements. We can often negotiate a fair settlement amount based on the evidence we gather and present to the insurance company representing the liable party. When there is a problem with this approach, such as when the insurer refuses to accept proof of their negligence, we may need to name their policyholder as the defendant in a civil suit.
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Talk to a Member of Our Lafayette Team
A Lafayette accident caused by poor maintenance lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm will work to understand what caused your traffic accident and who was involved. We can determine whose negligence caused your collision and injuries and build a case to hold them liable. While this may be the driver of the vehicle, there are other potentially responsible parties in this type of car accident case.
We have 16 offices to serve accident victims in not only Louisiana, but also Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. In Lafayette and nearby areas, you can reach our Lafayette Parish office for a free case review by dialing (337) 446-4571. Let a member of our team review the facts of your case today.
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