If a careless truck driver caused your side-impact accident and injuries in Lafayette, LA, you might be able to recover money damages for the harm you suffered.
The Morris Bart law firm can review your case for free today. We are here to answer your questions, determine whether you have a case, and explain your options for taking action.
Pursuing a Financial Recovery Based on Your T-Bone Crash Injuries and Damages
When a lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm represents you after your T-bone crash in Lafayette, we have two goals:
- To hold the liable parties accountable
- To recover money damages for our client’s losses
This requires us to build a case and gather evidence to support that case, proving:
- The truck driver caused the accident
- The accident led to our client’s injuries
- The value of the losses our client experienced as a result
We may be able to file an insurance claim to recover a settlement or take the case to trial for a court award. The recoverable damages in a truck accident case in Lafayette could include:
These are expenses you incurred, as documented by receipts, bills, and other paperwork. Examples include:
- Medical bills
- Vehicle repair or replacement
- Rental car costs
These are probable expenses as documented by medical experts, economists, and others. They may focus on future medical needs, care and support costs, and long-term facility placement for permanent injuries.
Most accident victims who have moderate or severe injuries experience financial losses as well as expenses. This includes lost income while they cannot work and lost future income if they do not return to their previous job because of new impairments.
Intangible damages are the non-economic losses you may have suffered. Examples include pain and suffering, mental anguish, and reduced quality of life.
Wrongful Death Damages
These damages are available to some family members of a victim who dies from their crash injuries.
Determining Who Is Liable for Your Crash
Suing the liable parties is not always necessary. Truck accident cases do not always go to court, but our attorneys will not back down if that is the best option for our clients.
However, navigating a side-impact truck crash is more complicated than some other types of accidents because of Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §2320. Under this statute, we can often hold the truck driver and their employer liable for our client’s injuries. Employers may be responsible for the negligent actions of their employees when that worker is on the job.
To learn whether this could apply to your Lafayette T-bone accident claim, you can speak with a team member about your case. These initial consultations are always free.
Time Limits that Apply to Litigating Lafayette Truck Accident Cases
Act quickly to ensure you do not run out of time in your case before the deadline to take legal action arrives. While not every case requires litigation, there are deadlines for beginning the legal process in a Lafayette Parish lawsuit. These include:
- CC §3492 for personal injuries
- CC §2315.2 for wrongful deaths
Both of these statutes generally give victims only one year to act. In some cases, you could have even less time. Reach out to us as soon as your injuries let you and allow us to protect your rights.
T-Bone Collisions Bring an Increased Risk of Serious Injury
T-bone collisions, also known as side-impact crashes, are generally intersection accidents. They may occur for a few reasons, such as a driver who:
- Failed to yield while turning left
- Ignored a traffic signal, usually a red light or stop sign
- Pulled out in front of traffic, often from a parking lot or driveway
When a passenger car takes a side impact, the injuries may be severe, especially when the impact is on the side closest to the occupant. This is because there is no extensive crumple zone or cushioning on most vehicles’ sides compared to the front or the back. An impact from a large, heavy tractor-trailer truck can lead to catastrophic injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck and back damage
- Other permanent injuries
If you believe a truck driver is at fault in your Lafayette T-bone truck accident, you may have a case for money damages. We may be able to help you hold the trucking company.
Morris Bart, LLC Is a Contingency Fee Personal Injury Law Firm
At the Morris Bart law firm, we review and assess accidents for free for potential clients. We are a contingency fee firm and may be able to get started on your case right away. In many cases, we can gather evidence to develop a strong claim and negotiate a fair and just agreement with the insurer.
Hire an Attorney on Our Truck Accident Team Today for Free
A Lafayette T-bone crashes lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you after your accident. You can learn more during a free consultation with one of our team members. Call (337) 446-4571 to get started today.
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