At Morris Bart law firm, a New Orleans, LA, car accident lawyer for company vehicle crashes could help you develop a claim and seek compensation for the harm you suffered. We manage company vehicle collision claims for victims, regardless of whether they were a passenger in their company car or the other driver was operating a commercial vehicle.
We offer free initial evaluations of traffic accident cases. We want to speak with you about your crash, injuries, rights, and legal options. Let us assess your case and describe the services we provide to help you secure a financial recovery.
Recovering Compensation for Your Company Car Accident in New Orleans
Most commercial vehicle and company car crashes settle instead of going to trial and making a judge and jury decide the victim’s payout if any. Settlement agreements give all parties involved more control over the value and outcome of the claim. When a crash case goes to trial, the court generally decides the award amount with no negotiations.
Whether via a negotiated settlement or trial, the types of recoverable damages available are the same. Some common damages we recover for our clients include:
- Medical treatment and care bills
- Future medical support and care
- Lost wages and other income
- Diminished earning capacity if they cannot return to their job
- Vehicle repairs and other property damages
- Pain and suffering
Do I Have Rights if My Loved One Died from Their Accident Injuries?
The Morris Bart law office in New Orleans also handles wrongful death claims. The state’s wrongful death law (La. Civ. Code Art. 2315.2) allows the surviving spouse, children, or parents to pursue justice. They could prove negligence and hold the liable parties responsible for these damages:
- Medical bills
- Funeral and burial costs
- Lost income, benefits, services, and other losses
- Emotional harm experienced by surviving family members
For a free legal consultation with a Car Company Vehicles Accident lawyer serving New Orleans, call (504) 613-4771
Negligence and Liability in a Company Vehicle Accident in New Orleans
If you were on the job when the crash occurred and driving a company vehicle, you might qualify for workers’ compensation. However, you could still have a third-party claim against the driver who caused your collision, and we would still need to prove negligence and liability to recover damages from them.
On the other hand, if the at-fault driver operated a vehicle owned by their employer when your New Orleans East collision occurred, this fact could change several things about your case. A worker’s employer is usually vicariously liable when an accident involves a company car or another type of commercial motor vehicle.
Understanding When Respondeat Superior Applies
In Louisiana, La. Civ. Code Art. 2320 makes it possible to hold an employer responsible for their employee’s actions. This legal doctrine is known as respondeat superior. It most commonly applies in truck accidents, but it could also come into play with other commercial vehicle collision cases.
In general, respondeat superior (also known as vicarious liability) applies when the driver is working and completing job-related tasks. However, the doctrine does not apply in all circumstances when a company vehicle is in a crash. These exceptions include:
- If the driver was running personal errands or not working at the time
- If the driver used the car to commit a crime
- When the company classified the driver as a volunteer or independent contractor
In accidents when the employer is not vicariously liable, we still build a case against the at-fault driver. We could recover compensation for our clients if we can show the other motorist caused the crash.
Our Team Can Sort This out and Manage Your Claim
Our team of New Orleans personal injury attorneys regularly handles complicated cases. Indeed, we know how to determine liability based on the facts of your case. We will identify the at-fault parties and hold them legally accountable to the fullest extent allowed by Louisiana’s personal injury laws.
Pursuing a Court Award By Filing a Claim and Going to Trial
Many traffic accident claims settle without suing the liable parties or going to trial. When this occurs, victims recover compensation without taking any legal action in an Orleans Parish civil court or another nearby jurisdiction.
Some reasons why legal action might be necessary include:
- The liable party accuses the victim of causing the crash
- There are other questions of fact in the case
- The insurer refuses a fair settlement agreement
- The deadline for suing is close
Our New Orleans car accident attorneys are ready to handle your case in any of these scenarios.
Louisiana’s statute of limitations on traffic accident lawsuits is only one year in most cases, per La. Civ. Code Art. 3492. Missing the deadline could mean losing the right to sue the liable parties.
Our Team Fights for Justice for Company Vehicle Accident Victims in New Orleans
The Morris Bart law firm represents clients with no upfront expenses or fees. We do not bill our clients for anything unless we recover compensation on their behalf. By working based on a contingency fee, we ensure anyone can hire our team to help.
Attorney Morris Bart and his team have over 40 years of experience handling traffic accident claims in Orleans Parish. With more than 6,500 wins in 2019, we know what it takes to protect victims’ rights, develop a claim, and recover fair and just settlements. We are also trial attorneys who will go to court and fight for our clients when necessary.
We also provide complimentary case reviews for victims and their families, where you learn how an attorney could help you with your claim.
Speak with a Team Member From Morris Bart, LLC for Free Today
You can discuss your legal options for financial recovery with the Morris Bart law firm for free today. Our team offers complimentary consultations to accident victims and their families.
Call us today at (504) 613-4771 to connect with a lawyer.
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