If a construction truck driver caused a collision that left you injured, the Morris Bart law office in Lafayette may be able to help. Louisiana law allows accident victims to hold the at-fault driver and other liable parties responsible and seek compensation from them after an injury accident.
A lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm who handles construction truck accidents in Lafayette can help you navigate the insurance claims or lawsuit process. We offer a free consultation to help you learn more about your options for legal action after your Lafayette accident.
Securing a Cash Award for Your Injuries
At the Morris Bart law firm, our team seeks cash compensation for every client we represent. This is available through an insurance claim and settlement or by going to trial, presenting a strong argument, getting a verdict in our favor, and receiving a court award. Out-of-court settlements are more common, but we will litigate cases when necessary.
Our recent results from commercial truck accidents include:
- $490,000 in Hattiesburg for neck and back injuries
- $337,500 in Texarkana for two concussions and a neck injury
We will use the value of the expenses and losses you endured to estimate the cost of your accident and seek a settlement commensurate with that. This could include:
- Health care costs
- Future medical needs related to your injuries
- Current and ongoing reduced income because of your injuries and impairments
- Property loss and replacement
- Pain and suffering
- Additional losses for families whose loved one died in the collision
Assigning Liability in Your Construction Truck Accident
Large construction projects require dozens of vehicles in and out of the site every day. Even building a single home could require contractors, subcontractors, dump trucks, materials deliveries, and more in a single afternoon.
The roads around a construction site often have additional traffic during the entire project. Many of these drivers are unfamiliar with the area. Some are in a rush to get there, so they may disregard area traffic laws and cause accidents.
If you were in a traffic accident caused by the driver of any type of construction vehicle, we may be able to help. We could develop a case against the driver and their employer. Examples of vicariously liable companies could include:
- Subcontracting companies
- Hauling companies
- Lumber yards or other materials suppliers
- Trucking companies
- Heavy equipment rental companies
Construction Companies May Be Held Accountable for These Crashes
Construction trucks generally belong to contractors, subcontractors, or construction-related companies. When the driver—their employee—acts carelessly and causes an accident, Louisiana law states that the company may be vicariously liable. Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §2320 states that employers are “answerable for the damage” caused by their workers under certain circumstances.
When a construction truck accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm represents a Lafayette client in one of these cases, we usually include the driver’s employer in our claim or lawsuit, if appropriate. We will hold this employer vicariously liable when allowed, seeking a cash settlement or award for the accident victim. We know how this process works and how to build a strong case.
The Morris Bart law firm is a contingency fee firm. We have been operating for more than 40 years and have secured cash payouts for thousands of clients — 6,500 in 2019 alone. We have 15 offices in four states and serve all of the Gulf South, including an office near you in Lafayette.
Take Action to Build a Stronger Case as Soon as Your Injuries Allow
We recommend that you take action as soon as you realize you are injured from the accident or as soon as your more serious injuries allow. We can speak with you while you are in the hospital, undergoing treatment, or if you recently reached maximum medical improvement.
Acting quickly to enlist our help is one of the best things you can do to help your case. If we can get started quickly after a collision, it may make it easier to secure evidence, canvass for witnesses, and take our time developing a strong case. Some evidence may not be available later, such as a crash video from a nearby business.
Statute of Limitations
If we need to sue the driver and construction company in your case, Louisiana law usually only gives you one year to begin your suit. This is codified in:
- CC §3492 for personal injury lawsuits
- CC §2315.2 for wrongful death actions
Talk to an Attorney Today About Your Construction Truck Collision
The Morris Bart law firm provides free case consultations to victims of these collisions.
A team member will address your concerns, explain your rights based on the facts of your crash, and detail the process to seek compensation. Get started today by calling the Morris Bart law office in Lafayette at (337) 446-4571.
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