If rain played a role in causing your Lafayette car accident, you may be able to hold the at-fault driver responsible and recover compensation. A Lafayette accident caused by rain lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can handle this process for you if we believe we can represent your case.
You can get a complimentary consultation about your car accident case by calling (337) 446-4571 today. Our team can review the details of your case to determine if we can help. We can explain your legal options and possible recoverable losses during this case evaluation as well.
Rainy Weather and Car Accidents
When it is raining or drivers face other bad weather on the roads, drivers have a responsibility to slow down and take more precautions. Wet weather makes the roads slick and causes other issues that can lead to mistakes behind the wheel and traffic collisions. If you were in an accident with a driver who failed to take precautions during poor weather, they may have acted negligently.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), rain and other wet weather significantly affect a driver’s ability to control their vehicle and operate it safely, unless they take action to adjust to the road conditions. Rain increases the risk of accidents by:
- Making it more difficult to see
- Causing hydroplaning, which can lead the driver to lose control of their vehicle
- Making it difficult to stop quickly
- Causing lane obstructions with standing water
- Increasing traffic congestion because drivers must slow down for safety
According to statistics published by the Federal Highway Administration, accidents linked to bad weather are extremely common. Between 2007 and 2016, 70% of all weather-related accidents occurred on wet pavement, and almost half happened in the rain.
Just because it was raining at the time of your accident does not excuse the negligent behavior of the driver who hit you. If you can show their negligence caused your accident, you can hold them responsible in many cases. To learn more about how to demonstrate negligence in an accident case, you can speak with your lawyer.
For a free legal consultation with a Rain Accident lawyer serving Lafayette, call 800-537-8185
Demonstrating Fault in a Lafayette Car Accident Caused by Rain
A Lafayette accident caused by rain lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may offer to represent you in your liability insurance claim or civil suit if you have the necessary evidence to build a case.
If we decide to work together, our team will begin gathering evidence to show:
- The driver had a responsibility to take precautions because of adverse road conditions
- The driver failed to do so
- This failure caused your collision and injuries
- You sustained physical injuries, emotional injuries, or financial damages
The evidence we can collect to demonstrate this may include:
- The police crash report and other documents
- A survey of the accident scene
- Statements from eyewitnesses
- Accident reconstruction data
- Weather reports from the day of the accident
- The damage to each vehicle and other physical evidence
- Your relevant medical records and other medical evidence
- Documentation to prove your losses
This evidence provides us with not only proof to show negligence and liability, but a way to establish a fair settlement value on your case. To calculate this value, we will consider both your financial losses as well as other non-financial losses, such as pain and suffering. We may also need to work with medical experts and others to better understand your future medical needs and other likely future expenses.
According to the Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, Louisiana law only gives us one year to take legal action after a car accident. If you have not yet reached a fair settlement with the other driver’s insurance company by the first anniversary of your accident, we may be able to prepare your case for court.
At the Morris Bart law firm, we want to help accident victims seek and secure the compensation needed to pay their bills and cover their accident-related losses. We may be able to help you if you qualify. Call (337) 446-4571 today for a free case review and to learn more.
Possible Recoverable Losses in Your Lafayette Traffic Accident Case
When we calculate the value of your case, we will ask you for information regarding the following forms of losses:
- Current and future medical care and rehabilitation
- Current and future lost income and any related benefits
- Diminished earning ability
- Repair or replacement of the vehicle
- Any additional personal property damages
- Loss of services
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Other non-financial damages
These and other forms of losses are possible to consider when we establish a settlement value in negotiations with the insurance company.
In the event of a loved one’s passing in a car accident, we can also pursue wrongful death cases for qualifying family members. We can seek to help you recover your losses of a loved one’s previous income, companionship, and more.
Speak with Morris Bart, LLC about Taking Legal Action in Your Accident Case
If another driver acted carelessly in the rain and caused your Louisiana car accident, you may be able to take action to hold them accountable. A Lafayette accident caused by rain lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can represent you based on contingency fees. This means that we require no up-front fees to begin working on your case. We also offer free case reviews for those who suffered injuries resulting from someone else’s negligent behavior.
We have 15 locations and serve car accident victims from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. To talk to someone in our Lafayette office today, contact us today at (337) 446-4571.
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