If you were hurt in a traffic accident, you may be able to secure compensation based on the at-fault driver’s actions and the losses you suffered. However, filing a claim requires providing proof of fault and liability. In some cases, fault in an accident may need to be determined based on data gathered from an accident reconstruction.
A Lafayette accident reconstruction lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can work with experts to reconstruct your accident, determining what happened based on the evidence left behind. To learn more, reach out to the Morris Bart law office today by calling (337) 446-4571. Our team will review your case for free.
Understanding How Accident Reconstructions Support Your Case
Almost any traffic collision case could benefit from the data provided by an accident reconstruction. Reconstruction is a process carried out by trained experts who will take certain known details of your case and build a more comprehensive picture of the accident. In effect, they take the end result and work backward to figure out what happened to cause the accident.
The known facts of your case could include:
- A survey of the scene and where each vehicle was located after the accident
- The damage to each vehicle and any other property damage
- The weather conditions when the accident occurred
- The injuries each party suffered
The reconstruction could allow us to have documentation of:
- Speed limit violations by one or both drivers
- The location of the vehicle’s collision
- The causative role of any road conditions, weather, or visibility issues
- Any possible driver distraction, drowsiness, or drug or alcohol impairment
- Third parties involved in the accident
In some cases, accident reconstruction provides us with the evidence necessary to prove–or disprove–facts about your traffic accident. For example, if the reconstruction shows the other driver failed to react quickly enough to stop traffic, it may confirm suspicions that they were distracted or texting behind the wheel. Texting while driving is illegal, according to Louisiana Revised Statutes (RS) §32:300.5 and any form of distracted driving can be considered negligence.
We may also use the information from an accident reconstruction to show you did not contribute to causing the accident. In the state of Louisiana, a settlement value may be reduced based on your own contribution to an accident’s cause. Known as comparative fault, evidence of your own fault in an accident can significantly hurt the value of your case under Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §2323.
To learn about how accident reconstruction could help in your case, you can speak with your attorney.
For a free legal consultation with a Reconstruction Accident lawyer serving Lafayette, call 800-537-8185
Necessary Steps to Prove Negligence and Liability in a Lafayette Traffic Accident
A Lafayette accident reconstruction lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm understands the evidence needed to move forward with a car accident case based on another driver’s careless actions. As a part of representing our clients during this process, we will work to collect as much evidence as possible to support your case for financial recovery. This may require us to take specific steps that include:
- Obtaining traffic accident reports filed by responding officers
- Interviewing eyewitnesses of the accident
- Gathering and analyzing physical evidence
- Obtaining medical records and providing other proof of injuries
- Working with experts to better understand non-financial losses
- Documenting other expenses and losses
- Collecting any other evidence unique to our client’s case
Working with experts and analyzing information from an accident reconstruction can play a key role in this process. However, it is imperative that we get to work as soon as we can on a case. Reconstructions and other parts of this process take time, and CC §3492 only gives us one year from the day your injuries occurred to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Call the Morris Bart law firm now at (337) 446-4571 to get started with a complimentary review of your accident case. Our Lafayette Parish office is one of 15 offices that serve accident victims across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas.
Pursuing Compensation Following a Lafayette Parish Collision
While it may be possible to negotiate a settlement with the liable driver’s car insurance company, it may be necessary to take the case to civil court in Lafayette Parish or another appropriate jurisdiction. Depending on the facts of your case, this could allow us to recover current and future expenses, as well as financial and non-financial losses.
The potentially recoverable losses in a car accident case in Lafayette Parish could include:
- Medical treatment, care, and related expenses
- Lost wages, other income, and benefits
- Diminished earning ability
- Repairs to your vehicle and other property losses
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Other non-financial losses
- And other additional expenses
In the event of a loved one’s passing in a traffic accident, we can also help clients seek wrongful death losses for qualifying surviving family members.
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Speak with Morris Bart, LLC About the Evidence in Your Case
A Lafayette accident reconstruction lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm has the resources to help you demonstrate negligence and liability in your traffic accident case. We can work with accident reconstructionists and other experts to document the key details of what happened, what caused it, and any losses you suffered as a result. Then, we can approach the applicable insurance company or file a civil suit, working to recover a settlement on your behalf.
We take these steps with no upfront payment from you. We only receive our fees if and when we successfully win your case.
You can reach our Lafayette office today by calling (337) 446-4571. Our team can discuss your accident and injuries with you and determine how we may be able to help you seek compensation.
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