A Prairieville truck accident attorney from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to handle your insurance claim or lawsuit while you recover from your injuries and return to your usual activities. We believe crash victims should not have to pay for their own costs and losses when they did not cause the accident. To this end, we develop cases against the liable parties and hold them accountable.
Our personal injury law firm provides free initial consultations with one of our attorneys. Victims of Ascension Parish traffic accidents can sit down with legal counsel to learn more about their options based on the details of their collision and injuries. We are here to help you if you were hurt because of a negligent trucker or trucking company.
Compensation May Be Available After a Prairieville Truck Collision
Truck accidents may occur because of the careless or reckless actions of the commercial driver, something the owner of the truck did, defective parts, poor maintenance, improperly loaded cargo, or many other reasons. If we can determine what went wrong and show that another party was responsible, we can often recover compensation for our clients in these cases.
We do this by filing an insurance claim or lawsuit in an Ascension Parish civil court, presenting the facts of the case, and asking for appropriate compensation based on the expenses and losses—known as damages—that our client suffered.
What Damages Are Recoverable?
The damages we are often able to recover for clients in a tractor-trailer collision include:
- Ambulance transportation
- Emergency department assessment
- Treatment and follow-up care
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Lost wages, other income, and benefits
- Reduced ability to earn because of lasting injuries
- Car repairs and other property replacement
- Pain and suffering from physical injuries
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Other intangible losses
What Types of Injuries Occur in 18-Wheeler Versus Car Crashes?
Truck accidents in Louisiana often cause serious injuries. This is, at least in part, because of the size and weight of tractor-trailers and the cargo they carry. When a truck collides with a smaller passenger car, the car’s safety systems are rarely strong enough to withstand the forces. Metal crumples, glass breaks, and the occupants suffer injuries.
While minor injuries are certainly possible, so are catastrophic ones. Some injuries that victims of these crashes suffer include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and other head injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries with or without paralysis
- Internal injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Burns and scarring
What Are My Options If My Loved One Died from Their Injuries?
Louisiana provides a path to recover damages based on a wrongful death under La. Civ. Code Art. 2315.2. To recover these damages for surviving family members, we still need to prove negligence and liability. Our attorneys handle Prairieville wrongful death cases from our Baton Rouge office.
For a free legal consultation with a Truck Accident lawyer serving Prairieville, call (225) 341-5694
A Morris Bart, LLC Prairieville Truck Accident Lawyer Fights for Clients’ Rights
Attorneys from the Morris Bart law firm believe it is essential for truck accident victims to understand their rights and legal options following a collision. Knowing what you stand to lose if you settle for less than you deserve or do not act quickly enough ensures you make the best decisions based on the facts of your case.
This is why our Baton Rouge team provides free initial consultations. You can speak with a lawyer about your claim for free today. We have over 40 years of experience handling commercial vehicle accident cases in Louisiana. We secured compensation for more than 6,500 clients in 2019 alone. We are here to help you, too.
Our Track Record of Success
Our recent case results include multiple trucking collisions, such as:
- $490,000 for a client who suffered a neck and back injury in their Hattiesburg, MS collision
- $337,500 for a client healing from two concussions and a broken neck and vertebra following a Texarkana, AR accident
Our attorneys work based on a contingency fee. The lawyers in our Baton Rouge office will never ask you to pay an hourly fee. In fact, you will pay nothing until your case is finished. Then, we only get paid if you do. Our attorney’s fee is a percentage of your settlement or jury award.
Who Is Legally Responsible for My Prairieville Truck Collision and Injuries?
Because of La. Civ. Code Art. 2320, truck accident cases work differently than most car crash claims in Louisiana. This statute states that Louisiana officially recognizes a legal doctrine known as respondeat superior. According to the Legal Information Institute (LII), this means victims of negligence can formally hold a worker’s employer responsible for their damages under certain circumstances, such as:
- The worker was on the clock or otherwise working for the employer at the time
- The worker’s actions were in line with the course and scope of their job
In most cases, this would apply to a truck driver who causes a crash while behind the wheel of a big rig. They are working, moving cargo as expected. However, they act negligently by violating a traffic law or exhibiting other careless behavior and cause a crash. We just need to prove this to build a case against the driver and the trucking company.
While we can often settle cases outside of court, we need to pay close attention to the timeline provided for suing under Louisiana law. Generally, La. Civ. Code Art. 3492 only offers up to 12 months from the accident date to file the paperwork and initialize the lawsuit. This deadline could be even shorter in some circumstances. Letting the clock run out could jeopardize your right to a fair financial recovery.
Talk to a Truck Accident Attorney from Morris Bart, LLC for Free
Attorneys from the Morris Bart law office in Baton Rouge are available for a free consultation today. Truck collision victims and their families can reach out to learn more about filing insurance claims, identifying who is liable, and recovering compensation in court. All case reviews are confidential, and there is no obligation to sign a contract with our team.
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