If you were hurt in a crash caused by a tow truck driver in Lafayette, Louisiana, it might be possible to hold the driver and/or their employer accountable for the medical expenses and other damages you incurred.
A Lafayette tow truck accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can help you fight for compensation after this type of collision. Our team will keep you informed about your rights and your options at every step of your case. We give free consultations to new clients and are a contingency fee firm, so you pay no attorneys’ fees unless we win.
How Morris Bart, LLC Helps Tow Truck Accident Victims in Lafayette
Under Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §2320, employers whose workers cause traffic accidents while on the job are often vicariously liable for the harm sustained by the victims. When our tow truck accident lawyer serving Lafayette represents a victim in a commercial vehicle collision, we often build a claim against the driver and their employer.
We protect our clients’ rights and work to recover a fair and just settlement or court award on their behalf. Results from recent truck accident cases we represented include:
- $490,000 for neck and back injuries after a Hattiesburg collision
- $337,500 for concussions and neck injuries from a Texarkana crash
In all, we recovered compensation for more than 6,500 clients in 2019. We have 15 locations across four states, representing accident victims like you in any part of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, or Arkansas.
Recovering Damages from Your Lafayette Traffic Accident
All truck accident claims are based on negligence. When we develop a claim for an injured victim, we usually must show the at-fault driver acted negligently and is, therefore, responsible for what happened to our client.
Proving negligence usually requires us to show:
- The professional driver broke a traffic law or a regulatory rule imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
- This violation caused the accident
- Our client suffered injuries and endured financial harm as a result
This process may entail reviewing the evidence we must legally obtain from the trucking company, calling in experts, and canvassing for witnesses, among other actions.
Damages We Can Request on Your Behalf
When we have the necessary evidence to pursue a claim, we will approach the appropriate insurance companies and demand fair and just compensation. Depending on the nature of your injuries and their impact on your life, this may include compensation that covers your:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical care costs
- Lost wages
- Reduced ability to earn a living
- Miscellaneous expenses
- Pain and suffering
We also represent families whose loved ones died in tow truck accidents. In wrongful death cases, surviving family members may be eligible for damages, such as funeral costs and loss of companionship.
Gathering Evidence After a Crash
Make sure to see a doctor as soon as possible after your tow truck accident. A doctor’s report and your medical records can be used as evidence of your injuries. Without such evidence, the at-fault party may try to evade liability for your damages by claiming that your injuries could have come from some other cause.
By holding the responsible party liable in these cases, we may be able to recover compensation for all the medical expenses incurred by our clients.
Timeline for Taking Legal Action in a Lafayette Tow Truck Crash
You could only have a few months to settle your claim, depending on the circumstances of your accident.
There is a deadline for suing the tow truck company and driver. The deadline is one year for both personal injury lawsuits under Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, and one year for wrongful death lawsuits under CC §2315.2. There are also exceptions to these laws, and some may reduce how long you have to act.
In addition to deadlines that set a strict timeline for civil lawsuits, it may become difficult to build a strong case to prove negligence and liability if you wait too long to act. The towing company may have much of the evidence we need to prove this type of case. We need to act as soon as possible to ensure they preserve it.
Discuss Your Tow Truck Accident Case with Our Attorneys Today for Free
If a Lafayette tow truck driver caused your collision and injuries, you might be able to secure compensation through an insurance claim or civil trial. Our personal injury attorneys can help you with this process.
To learn more about your accident and legal options, reach out to the Morris Bart law firm today for your complimentary consultation. Call (337) 446-4571 now to get started with your free case review.
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