According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2019 saw 4,119 fatalities in large truck crashes. Car and other passenger vehicle occupants made up 67% of those fatalities. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a wreck like this, you can develop a claim and seek compensation.
A New Orleans cargo truck accident attorney from the Morris Bart law firm can help. We represent accident victims in their fight for justice. We’ll help you understand your legal options and build your personal injury case while you focus on your recovery. We are a contingency fee firm.
Compensation Available in a New Orleans Cargo Truck Accident Case
The financial recovery you may be able to secure after a cargo truck accident depends on the expenses and losses you experienced as a result. When our New Orleans car accident attorneys handle a traffic accident claim, we gather documentation to show our clients’ damages.
Our cargo truck accident lawyers in New Orleans also work with experts to help us understand the likely future economic impacts of an accident. Then, we seek compensation based on these damages, including both economic and non-economic damages.
Damages You May Be Able to Recover
Examples of common losses and expenses experienced by cargo truck accident victims include:
- Pain and suffering and other non-economic damages
- Current treatment costs
- Future care and support expenses
- Property damages such as repairs to the car
- Lost income and related losses
- Reduced earning ability
- Out-of-pocket costs
The approximate value of your case cannot be determined until after an investigation, which gives our New Orleans cargo truck accident attorneys a better understanding of your damages. However, we can explain the categories of damages you might be able to recover through an insurance claim or lawsuit.
For a free legal consultation with a Cargo Truck Accident lawyer serving New Orleans, call (504) 613-4771
Who Is Liable in a Cargo Truck Accident Case?
Identifying the liable parties in a cargo truck accident is not always as straightforward as it may seem. Our New Orleans personal injury attorneys handle this process for our clients, determining who we may be able to hold accountable in their case.
Under La. Civ. Code Art. 2320, an employer may be liable for an accident caused by their employee’s negligence if it occurs while they are working. Accordingly, both the truck driver and their employer may be liable for a cargo truck accident.
Examples of the potentially liable parties in a truck accident case include:
- A furniture store and its delivery driver
- A moving company and their employee behind the wheel
- A truck rental company
In some cases, the liable party could even be a municipal or parish agency. A lawyer from our firm can help identify the liable parties in your case and file multiple insurance claims or lawsuits on your behalf if necessary.
Building a Case Based on Your Family Member’s Death in a Cargo Truck Accident
If your family member passed away from injuries they suffered in a cargo truck crash, you might be able to seek compensation in a wrongful death claim or lawsuit.
Under La. Civ. Code Art. 2315.2, family members may hold the liable parties responsible for damages they suffered because of their loved one’s death. This includes both economic and non-economic losses, such as funeral and burial costs and their own intangible damages.
Deadlines Apply for Suing the Truck Driver and Other Liable Parties in Louisiana
You will need to meet deadlines in order to protect your right to sue the liable parties in your case. The general statutes of limitations, or filing deadlines, for civil lawsuits in Louisiana include:
- One year from the accident date for personal injury lawsuits, per Civ. Code Art. 3492
- One year from the date of your family member’s death for wrongful death lawsuits, per La. Civ. Code Art. 2315.2
One year is not very long to investigate and develop a case, file a claim, pursue damages through the settlement negotiations process, and prepare to file a lawsuit if necessary. In addition, there are some exceptions to the statutes of limitations that may give you even less time to act.
We encourage you to contact our New Orleans cargo truck accident lawyers as soon as possible after your accident so that we can file your case on time and protect your right to sue.
Morris Bart, LLC Fights for the Rights of Cargo Truck Accident Victims in New Orleans
We know how tough insurers can be when it comes to filing claims against commercial trucking companies. A personal injury lawyer from the Morris Bart law office in New Orleans can take the following actions to pursue a positive outcome in your cargo truck accident case:
- Protecting their rights
- Managing all related communication
- Investigating the accident
- Proving liability
- Documenting expenses and losses incurred
- Preparing all necessary paperwork
- Representing the client to all other parties
Our New Orleans location is one of 15 locations in four states where we have attorneys handling cases like yours. We serve all areas of Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi.
Our History and Case Results
We have helped accident victims pursue compensation for more than 40 years. We won over 6,500 cases in 2019. Our past victories in truck accident cases include:
- $490,000 for our client’s neck and back injuries
- $337,500 for an accident that caused traumatic brain injuries, a broken neck, and a fractured vertebra
Talk to Our Team About Your Cargo Truck Collision Case for Free
You can speak with a New Orleans cargo truck accident attorney at the Morris Bart law office about your case today. We provide free consultations so crash victims can learn more about their rights and options for seeking compensation. We also serve clients in New Orleans East.
A cargo truck accident lawyer from our firm may be able to represent you and help you secure compensation. Call the Morris Bart law firm today or fill out our online contact form to get started. The sooner you call, the sooner we can help you.
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