Lighting is an essential safety feature on roadways. Without it, you have to rely on your vehicle’s headlights alone, which may not always be enough to help you avoid hazards. You may miss a curve in the road or fail to see pedestrians preparing to cross the street and experience a collision.
If this happens, a New Orleans poor lighting lawyer can help you recover compensation for damages and injuries you sustain, such as medical bills and property damage. If you feel poor lighting played a part in your accident, do not hesitate to call the Morris Bart law firm at (504) 613-4771 for legal assistance. We offer free case reviews with an attorney so that we can help you understand what legal options may be available to you.
How Morris Bart, LLC Can Assist You
At the Morris Bart law firm, we believe that you should not have to suffer injuries in a poor lighting-related car accident because of someone else’s negligence or intentional actions. If you qualify, our team may be able to help you in all the following steps of filing a successful claim:
- Determining whether you have substantial grounds for seeking compensation
- Identifying all liable parties
- Collecting and preserving evidence
- Evaluating your legal options
- Leading the talks with insurance companies
- Ensuring you beat important deadlines
- Suing when necessary
When a collision caused by poor lighting leaves you or your loved one with injuries and damages, we can offer advice on seeking and receiving compensation. Our legal team works hard to secure justice for our clients in Orleans Parish, New Orleans East, and throughout Louisiana.
For a free legal consultation with a Poor Lighting Accident lawyer serving New Orleans, call 800-537-8185
Signs of Poor Lighting
When driving at night, poor lighting can be life-threatening. In such circumstances, your lights’ angle and range may not provide sufficient visibility.
According to research in the journal Injury Prevention, a driver’s ability to avoid collisions is severely impacted even under poor lighting. Unsafe conditions, such as potholes, lack of road signs, and cracked or uneven pavements, can also be hard to evade in poor lighting.
Therefore, you may have a claim if you can identify the signs of a poorly lit area, including flickering streetlights, night glares, dark spots, and the absence of light sources.
The Types of Poor Lighting-Related Car Injuries to Claim
There are numerous types of injuries you may suffer because of a poor lighting accident. Our legal team can be ready to assist you in claiming compensation for injuries such as the following:
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries
Liability for Poor Lighting Car Accidents
Negligence is a common cause of poor lighting accidents. Various state laws and city ordinances set guidelines for roads and paths designated for vehicular traffic to be properly lit. Lawsuits and insurance claims that follow an accident often begin with an investigation into the accident’s cause. One of the points of focus in this inquiry is the safety protocol present for proper illumination.
If an area of the road has inadequate lighting, you may be able to hold the party responsible for maintaining proper lighting liable for your damages.
A New Orleans Poor Lighting Lawyer Can Help You Deal with Insurance Companies
Insurance adjusters do not necessarily represent your interests. Insurance companies are hesitant to make payouts, so they would rather avoid paying if you cannot substantiate your claim. If we feel your case qualifies, but we are unable to secure a reasonable settlement, we can turn to the courts instead.
According to the Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, you have one year from the day of the accident to file a lawsuit. There may be further restrictions for cases against a municipality. If this deadline passes, you may be unable to pursue compensation through the courts, and the insurance companies may be less inclined to work with you.
If you experienced such an accident, contact our team of personal injury attorneys in New Orleans right away to give us as much time as possible to work on your case. You can reach the team at the Morris Bart law firm by calling (504) 613-4771.
Financial Compensation in Poor Lighting Accidents
When you hire our firm, your lawyer will compile the evidence and documentation to pursue a recovery for you, which may include the following:
- Medical expenses, for instance, surgery, hospitalization, rehabilitation, and prescription drugs
- The lost earning opportunity, such as the work you missed while nursing injuries
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Property damage
- Wrongful death damages
Some injuries related to a car accident involving poor lighting can be so severe that you might never fully recover. Some examples include spinal cord damage, severe traumatic brain injury, amputation, and paralysis. Such injuries can leave you with long-term mental and physical disorders that you have to manage for the rest of your life.
Living with these conditions is expensive and will impact your day-to-day life. Claiming compensation for the damages you sustain in a poor lighting car accident can be the only way to deal with your pain and suffering, lost income, and medical bills. Our New Orleans car accident lawyer can help you get the recovery process started.
Get Legal Assistance from Morris Bart, LLC
If poor lighting in a parking lot or a public road causes you to suffer car accident injuries, you have a right to act and seek compensation according to the law. The earlier you contact our team of lawyers at the Morris Bart law firm, the earlier we can start an analysis of your case.
We will help you evaluate the cause of the accident and give you the individual attention that your case warrants. Contact us at (504) 613-4771 today for a free consultation.
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