Did someone rear-end your vehicle in the Acadiana region of south-central Louisiana? If so, a Lafayette rear-end collisions attorney from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you get justice and compensation. Our car accident lawyers know how to prove fault and liability, document damages, and recover a payout for our clients in this type of accident.
We provide free consultations for those who suffered injuries in a rear-end crash. We can explain your rights and how we could recover compensation for you.
We Hold At-Fault Drivers Legally Responsible for Their Careless Driving
When a motorist is careless or reckless behind the wheel, this constitutes negligence. Under Louisiana law, you can hold them legally responsible for any injuries, financial harm, or emotional suffering that occurs. You have two options for doing this:
- Filing a claim with the insurer and negotiating a settlement
- Taking the case to trial and asking the jury for a verdict and award
Most rear-end accident cases resolve without going to trial. However, before filing an insurance claim, your car accident lawyer needs a good understanding of the expenses and losses you incurred. This understanding is critical to recovering fair compensation and getting justice in the case.
What We Can Recover for Rear-End Collision Victims
Our team will investigate the accident. We gather documents that show the economic expenses and losses related to the crash. This information could lead to requesting these damages:
- Current and future medical bills and related expenses
- Current and future lost income
- Reduced ability to earn a living
- Property damages such as car repairs
- Pain and suffering damages
- Mental anguish
- Other non-economic losses
We seek an appropriate settlement agreement for our clients based on the value of these damages. In addition, our request will include future expenses and intangible losses.
What if I Lost a Loved One in a Lafayette Crash?
Under La. Civ. Code Art. 2315.2, when someone dies because of another person’s negligence, the decedent’s survivors can take legal action with a wrongful death claim. If you lost a loved one in a rear-end collision, we are here to help you recover money for:
- Lost income
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical care that was provided before they passed away
- Your family’s emotional losses and suffering
For a free legal consultation with a Rear-End Collisions lawyer serving Lafayette, call 800-537-8185
Proving Negligence and Liability in a Rear-End Accident in Lafayette
Many people believe that you need little to no evidence to prove fault after a rear-end collision. However, this is a myth. While the rear driver generally is legally responsible, we still need to investigate and build a case to prove it.
Often, we can show that the driver was distracted, drunk, fatigued, speeding, or following too closely, and their negligence contributed to the collision. To show that the other driver caused the crash, we will review this evidence:
- The police accident report filed per La. R.S. § 32:398
- Whether the other driver received a citation
- Witness statements
- Videos and photographs of the crash
- A survey of the scene
- Accident reconstruction data
- Expert testimony
With this evidence, we should be able to show that the rear driver acted carelessly or recklessly, failing to stop when the law or common sense required them to do so. This failure caused the collision and led to the physical, financial, and emotional harm you suffered.
You Only Have a Short Time to Act After a Lafayette Injury Accident
Louisiana has one of the shortest statutes of limitations in the country. You only have one year from the date of your crash or one year from the victim’s death to sue under La. Civ. Code Art. 3492. Certain circumstances could shorten the deadline even further.
Since most insurance claims settle outside of court, you need to get started as soon as possible on your case. The claims process takes time, and you do not have much based on the deadline to sue. Therefore, contacting an attorney as soon as your injuries allow could prove beneficial.
Let Morris Bart, LLC, Represent Your Rights and Best Interests
When the Morris Bart law firm represents a client hurt in a crash, we use our 40-plus years of experience handling these cases in Louisiana. We know how to navigate this process and pursue fair payouts for our clients, and our case results prove it. You can count on us to gather evidence, value your case, and hold the at-fault driver accountable for their behavior.
We represent our clients based on contingency. We never charge a retainer or ask for other upfront payments. When hiring a Morris Bart attorney, you have a team on your side that will:
- Handle all communication with the driver and insurance company
- Protect your rights
- Investigate the accident
- Prove negligence and liability
- Document your damages
- File your claim and negotiate for a fair resolution
We also understand you lead a busy life, are possibly still undergoing treatment, and need this process to be as simple as possible. We will meet you where you are and handle your claim or lawsuit for you while you focus on recovery.
Connect With an Attorney from Morris Bart, LLC, Today for a Free Assessment
The Morris Bart law office in Lafayette provides free consultations and case reviews for car accident victims. We can offer advice and guidance through the next steps to seek compensation. Let us handle your insurance claim or lawsuit.
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