Rain can increase the risk of a traffic accident significantly, especially if a driver is careless or reckless behind the wheel. If you suffered injuries in a New Orleans car accident caused by a driver who failed to drive safely based on road conditions, you may be able to hold them responsible for their negligent actions.
A New Orleans rain lawyer from the Morris Bart law office may be able to build a case to prove fault and liability on your behalf and seek compensation for your injuries, expenses, and losses.
Call the Morris Bart law firm today at (504) 613-4771 to speak with a member of our team about your accident for free. If we believe your case has merit, we may offer to represent you with no up front out-of-pocket cost.
Rain Can Play a Major Role in a Car Accident Case
Rain can significantly increase the risk of traffic accidents because many drivers fail to take into account how much it can affect their ability to control their vehicle and drive safely. According to the Federal Highway Administration, poor weather, such as rain, can factor into the causal factors of a car accident in several ways, including:
- Decreasing visibility
- Dramatically reducing pavement friction, possibly causing sliding or hydroplaning
- Causing lane obstructions, both through standing water and because of slower traffic movement
Taking these factors into consideration, drivers should slow down when it is raining and drive in a way that is safe based on the conditions. However, the statistics show that many do not. Between 2007 and 2016, rain contributed to one out of every ten car accidents in the United States and almost half of all weather-related accidents.
If you were a victim of a rain-related accident and believe the other driver failed to operate their vehicle safely based on the weather conditions, you may be able to hold them accountable. If we can prove your car accident case, a New Orleans rain lawyer from the Morris Bart law office may be able to negotiate a settlement or represent you at trial to secure a verdict and award.
For a free legal consultation with a Rain Accident lawyer serving New Orleans, call 800-537-8185
Reconsider Accepting a Car Accident Settlement Offer
Many car accident victims believe that as long as the insurance company does not deny their claim, they should not consider hiring an attorney. This may be a mistake.
While insurance companies may offer settlements to accident victims who do not have an attorney representing them, there is no way to know if the offer fairly compensates the victim. Sometimes, an offer may sound like a lot of money until you get a different perspective of the losses and injuries you endured.
We encourage you to speak with a member of the Morris Bart law firm team before you agree to a settlement agreement with an insurance company. We may be able to help you understand a possible settlement value of your case, represent you in negotiations with the negligent motorist’s insurance company, and secure a just settlement.
To learn more, call the Morris Bart law firm today at (504) 613-4771.
Building a New Orleans Car Accident Case to Seek Damages
Building a car accident case requires us to get a clear understanding of the factors that caused your accident. While this is sometimes straightforward, we still need to gather evidence to show how the at-fault motorist caused the collision, your injuries, and your property damages. Evidence in a car accident case may include:
- A survey of the accident scene
- Accident reconstruction
- Weather reports from the date of the accident
- Interviews with eyewitnesses
- The police report and other official reports
- Documentation of the damage to each vehicle
- Your medical records relevant to the accident
- Other evidence unique to your car accident case
We will also need to take steps to document your damages, including your injuries, bills, expenses, losses, and the ways the accident affects your everyday life. We will use this to prove the value of your case, seeking compensation for damages that may include:
- Current and future medical treatment
- Related care and support
- Current and future wages lost because you cannot work
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damages to your vehicle and other items
- Rental car costs
- Pain and suffering
- Other non-economic damages
- Wrongful death damages, if applicable
Time Limits on Taking Legal Action in a New Orleans Car Accident Case
Any time you consider taking a case to court, there is likely going to be a deadline on how long you can wait. This deadline generally comes in the form of a statute of limitations, a legal time limit that may strip you of your right to take your case to court if you wait too long. This deadline is one reason why we encourage victims of traffic accidents to contact us as soon as possible after their injuries stabilize.
In most cases, Civil Code §3492 sets a time limit of one year on car accident cases in New Orleans. This means your opportunity to seek compensation may expire on the anniversary of your accident. If we handle your case, we will need to complete our investigation, engage in settlement negotiations, and determine if we need to file a lawsuit before this deadline arrives.
Discuss Your Case With the New Orleans Car Accident Team at Morris Bart, LLC Today
At the Morris Bart law firm, our team offers free case consultations to victims of traffic accidents not just in New Orleans, but all across Louisiana. If our team believes your case has the necessary elements to hold another motorist accountable and secure a court award, a New Orleans rain lawyer from the Morris Bart law office may be able to handle this process for you.
Learn more and possibly get started today by calling (504) 613-4771 for a free case evaluation.
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