We provide complimentary consultations. During this free conversation about your case, we will answer your questions, review your rights, explain your legal options, and talk about holding the at-fault driver and their employer accountable.
How Much Can I Get after an Orleans Parish Crash with a Commercial Vehicle?
There is no way for our team to put a value on your traffic accident case before an investigation and gathering evidence of your specific damages. We will handle this process as part of managing your case and demanding justice through fair compensation.
We often can recover these types of damages for clients involved in commercial vehicle accidents:
- Ambulance, hospitalization, and medical treatment
- Future medical care costs
- Lost income and benefits
- Reduced earning potential
- Property damages
- Additional costs or losses
- Pain and suffering
- Other noneconomic damages
Wrongful Death in a New Orleans Commercial Vehicle Crash
If your loved one died from their collision injuries, La. Civ. Code Art. 2315.2 might allow you to recover compensation for your damages and hold the liable parties responsible. Since an accident victim cannot file a claim if they pass away before they begin the process, this statute allows specific family members to step in and recover damages on their behalf:
- The surviving spouse
- Any children
- Their parents
The recoverable damages in a wrongful death case include:
- Medical bills
- Funeral and burial costs
- Any related outstanding expenses
- Lost income and benefits
- Loss of services
- Emotional pain and suffering over the loss of your loved one
- Other noneconomic losses experienced by the family
For a free legal consultation with a Commercial Vehicle Accident lawyer serving New Orleans, call (504) 613-4771
Morris Bart, LLC Manages Commercial Vehicle Accident Claims for Victims
At the Morris Bart law firm, we won over 6,500 cases for our clients in 2019. These victories included commercial vehicle crash claims, out-of-court settlements, and jury trials.
Our team has more than 40 years of experience helping victims seek justice in Orleans Parish. Our attorneys go to work for our clients as soon as we sign on to represent them. We protect their rights, investigate their accidents, develop their claims, and recover cash settlements and awards.
Our recent case results include recovering $852,845 for a traffic accident victim in New Orleans. The victim had previous hip surgery and was using crutches at the time of the crash. However, we recovered compensation for their neck and back injuries and facial fractures.
Don’t Worry about Upfront Fees When You Work with Us
We are a contingency fee law firm. We do not charge a retainer or any upfront fees. Instead, we use our financial resources, knowledge, and experience to pursue compensation for our clients. We only bill them if we secure an economic recovery on their behalf. We take our attorney’s fees from their settlement or award before delivering the check to them as soon as possible after the case’s conclusion.
Liability in a Commercial Vehicle Accident Case in New Orleans
In Louisiana, La. Civ. Code Art. 2320 makes it possible for us to hold the at-fault driver’s employer vicariously liable in most commercial vehicle accident cases. This doctrine is known as respondeat superior.
For example, imagine you suffered injuries when a delivery van ran a red light in New Orleans East. We gather evidence to prove that the van driver acted negligently and caused the crash. However, we file our claim based on their employer’s liability insurance and hold the company legally responsible for the collision and your damages.
This principle applies in most crashes involving commercial vehicles. However, there are some exceptions. For example, to hold a company liable for a collision, the driver must be:
- On the clock
- Taking care of work-related tasks
The most common exceptions include:
- The driver was using the company vehicle for personal errands
- The driver was operating the vehicle to commit a crime
- The driver was “joyriding” in the vehicle
Our team knows how to determine liability based on the circumstances of your accident case. We identify the liable parties and the available insurance coverage as part of our investigation and building your case.
How Often do Commercial Vehicle Accident Cases Go to Trial?
Most car collision cases settle outside of court. They do not require us to sue the liable parties or go before a judge and jury. Instead, we negotiate a fair settlement with the insurer based on the evidence we gathered and the argument we prepared.
However, we may need to sue under some circumstances. One such instance is when we approach the first anniversary of the collision. If we do not sue before this date, you could lose the right to do so under La. Civ. Code Art. 3492.
Even when we sue, most cases end with a negotiated settlement. We can continue negotiations and often reach an agreement even after suing the liable parties.
Morris Bart, LLC Provides Free Consultations to Accident Victims and Their Families
If you were a victim of a commercial vehicle accident in New Orleans, our team could assess your case for free today. We want to sit down with you and discuss your legal options for compensation and determine how we may be able to help. Reach out today and connect with our team to get started.
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