If you were in an accident caused by brake failure, you could receive compensation for the injuries and losses you suffered as a result of the accident.
A Shreveport brake failure lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to represent you, determine the cause of the brake failure, and hold the liable party or parties accountable. This could allow you to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
You can discuss your case with a representative of the Morris Bart law firm by calling (318) 553-5470. We offer free case evaluations for accident victims and handle many cases on a contingency-fee-basis.
Brake Failures Caused by Defective Products and Negligent Maintenance
Brake failure accidents are somewhat unique because it may not be another driver who is legally responsible for your losses. Instead, it may be a negligent party, such as a component manufacturer or a mechanic.
In general, there are two types of brake failure cases:
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Defective Products Cases
This is when a defect in the design, manufacture, or marketing of a brake component causes a brake failure. The liable party in a brake failure accident may include:
- The vehicle manufacturer
- A parts manufacturer
- The designer of the broken or failed part
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Sometimes, a party responsible for maintaining a vehicle’s brake system could be liable for an accident caused by their negligence. This may include:
- Mechanics who provided improper maintenance or repair
- Vehicle service departments who failed to ensure the brakes were working properly
A negligent car accident owner can also be liable for this type of case. When an owner neglects to provide the necessary maintenance and care for their car’s braking system, they may be responsible for a resultant brake failure. Since the owner is generally the driver, these types of cases proceed like most other fault-based car accident cases.
Building a Brake Failure Accident Case
When we represent you, a Shreveport brake failure lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can take steps to investigate what happened and the role all parties played in your accident. This is an important part of pursuing damages in your case. We can use available evidence as well as expert information from accident reconstruction specialists, industry experts, and others.
This allows us to get a better understanding of:
- What happened that caused the brakes to fail
- How the brake failure led to your accident
- If the accident could have been prevented
- Who is responsible for the accident and injuries
- The injuries you sustained
- The fair settlement value of your claim
In some cases, we can negotiate an out-of-court settlement and recover financial support for our clients from the responsible party’s insurance company. Other times, we may need to take a case to trial and ask the judge to award compensation.
At the Morris Bart law firm, we have 16 locations and represent clients across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. You can receive a free consultation on your case from a representative of our Shreveport office by dialing (318) 553-5470.
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Recoverable Losses in a Brake Failure Accident
When brakes fail, whether on your car or someone else’s, it can create a dangerous situation that can lead to any number of injuries, property damages, and other losses. When the Morris Bart law firm files an insurance claim or civil suit based on your accident, we can document your recoverable losses and their value and present this evidence to the insurer or in court.
In general, the recoverable damages in a car accident case include:
- Current and future treatment and care expenses
- Current and future missed pay and reduced ability to earn, as well as related benefits
- Loss of services
- Property damages, including car repairs
- Pain and suffering damages
- Other non-economic damages
The Morris Bart law firm also handles wrongful death cases. Per Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §2315.2, qualifying family members may be able to recover wrongful death damages if their loved one died from another party’s negligence. Let us review your case today to explain the types of compensation that are available in a wrongful death action and determine if you qualify.
The Deadline to File a Lawsuit in Louisiana
In Louisiana, CC §3492 gives a general one-year statute of limitations on personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. If you fail to file a lawsuit within this legal deadline, you could lose your right to recover compensation for your losses.
There may be circumstances that alter this general deadline. Call the Morris Bart law firm today for information on the specific deadlines that apply to your case.
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If we represent you, a Shreveport brake failure lawyer from our firm can manage all deadlines, communications, and legal work in your case while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
The Morris Bart law firm takes many car accident cases on a contingency-fee-basis with nothing due upfront. Instead of charging our clients a lump sum or hourly rate, our fees come as a percentage of your settlement offer or court award, if you win your case.
A representative of the Morris Bart law firm can discuss your case with you today. We can help you understand your rights and your legal options during your free, no-obligation case review. Call our Shreveport office now at (318) 553-5470 to get started.
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