The personal injury lawyers at Morris Bart, LLC can handle your injury claim so that you can rest and recuperate. Call us today at (504) 613-4771 for a free, no-obligation consultation. Truck accidents often come with significant injuries. Trucking companies face the possibility of massive liability claims, so they have billion-dollar insurance companies cover their backs. When you are trying to recuperate from getting hurt in a truck collision, you need some assistance in dealing with the claims adjuster. A LaPlace truck accident lawyer can help.
Three Things Not to Do After a Truck Accident in LaPlace, Louisiana
After any accident, we suggest to our clients that they try to avoid doing these three things, because it can impact the compensation they may be eligible to receive when filing a claim. Those three things include:
Do Not Make Small Talk at the Scene of the Crash
You might consider it good manners to try to make someone feel better. Unfortunately, the claims adjuster might twist your words into something you did not mean and allege that you admitted fault. Keep your conversation short. You should exchange insurance information and cooperate with law enforcement but say as little as possible beyond those things. Chatting with bystanders or others involved in the wreck can cause problems down the road.
Do Not Delay in Getting Your Injuries Treated
Visible injuries need prompt medical treatment to heal. Sometimes, however, symptoms do not develop for hours or even days after an accident. You might have a broken bone or internal bleeding that you do not recognize yet. A fracture could become misaligned and need surgical repair without the appropriate initial care. Internal bleeding can become life-threatening by the time you can perceive the symptoms. Also, your medical records establish a compelling link between the truck crash and your injuries. If you wait a day or two to go to the doctor or emergency room, it is more challenging to prove that the wreck caused the harm you suffered. The defendant might argue that you suffered injuries elsewhere and are trying to blame the collision.
Do Not Agree to Anything from the Insurance Adjuster Before Talking to a Lawyer
The claims adjuster and the insurance company want to pay you as little as possible on your claim. Claims adjusters are taught tactics to find errors in your story or pressure you to make quick decisions. If the insurer tries to pay you less than what you deserve, we can have your back. Working with a lawyer from the beginning could help protect your legal rights and the value of your personal injury claim. At Morris Bart, LLC, we help people who suffered injuries because of the carelessness of others. If you call us today at (504) 613-4771, we can evaluate your situation and explain your legal rights.
For a free legal consultation with a Truck Accident lawyer serving LaPlace, call 800-537-8185
Compensation for a LaPlace Truck Crash
We cannot state the amount of compensation you can pursue in your truck accident claim until we talk with you and investigate your claim. Every case is different. The compensation you might collect will depend on the facts of your situation. Some of the damages we have won for our clients include:
- Lost wages for missed work
- Medical bills, including ambulance services
- Specialized treatment center
- Long-term care
- Disability coverage
- Diminished potential earnings
- Pain and suffering
- And possibly more, including other non-economic losses
Also, if your close relative lost his or her life because of a LaPlace truck accident, we can help you and the legal beneficiaries pursue additional compensation for the wrongful death.
To Prove Negligence Against the Defendant
Proving negligence requires that we show all four of these elements to hold the defendant liable for your losses:
- Duty of care: The person who caused the accident must have owed you a legal duty of care. Everyone who operates a motor vehicle on public streets has a responsibility to devote their full attention to the act of driving.
- Breach of the duty of care: When someone’s conduct does not measure up to the legal standard, it is negligence. Let’s imagine that the truck driver dropped his wallet onto the truck floor while driving. He ducked down to retrieve the wallet, taking his eyes and attention off of the road. This act was negligent.
- Causation: The careless act must be the thing that caused the accident and injuries. If the truck driver struck a pedestrian because he was not looking where he was going while picking up his wallet, his negligence caused the accident that hurt the pedestrian.
- Measurable losses: You must have quantifiable damages, and physical injury to satisfy this final factor.
We can pursue your economic and non-economic losses when we can establish all four elements of liability.
Getting Legal Help for Your LaPlace Truck Accident Injury Claim
If you sustained injuries in a truck accident, you can protect the value of your compensation claim by giving us a call right away. Our clients can rest and recuperate, knowing that we are taking care of their legal matters. You will not have to pay any upfront legal fees to get our help. Our fees will come out of the settlement proceeds or award at the end of the case. At Morris Bart, LLC, we focus on helping people who are the victims of negligence. We understand what you and your family are going through, and we want to help you get back on your feet. You can call us today at (504) 613-4771 to get started. The initial consultation is free, and there is no obligation, but do not wait. Louisiana Article 3492 limits your time to file a lawsuit to one year, so please, call today.
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