When roads are icy, drivers still have a duty to prevent a crash. Failure to drive in a responsible way can determine negligence and liability following an accident. If you were hurt by another party’s negligence in Shreveport, a lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can help you with either your insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, or both.
For a free consultation with a member of our team, call the Morris Bart law firm today at (318) 553-5470. We offer representation on a contingency-fee-basis with nothing due upfront.
When Should I Hire a Lawyer?
If you were in an accident that wasn’t your fault, the Morris Bart law firm can help. We work with you to build out your argument based on the facts of your case. We can defend your rights and seek damages for your losses.
Our firm can collect evidence to show:
- The other driver’s negligence and liability
- The severity of your injuries
- The value of your expenses and losses
This evidence may include:
- Photos or videos from the scene of your accident
- Police reports
- Witness testimony
- Statements from accident reconstruction experts
- Your medical records
Even if you share fault for the accident, we may be able to help you recoup your losses. Give us a call to learn more.
Suing the City
In certain circumstances, you may be able to sue the city for an accident involving icy roads. In this case, you should definitely consider hiring a lawyer to help you. You’re more likely to be taken seriously with a lawyer by your side. Plus, an attorney will know more about the local law and can better assess what damages you are entitled to and how much.
Suing a state or municipality can be even more complicated inasmuch as these governments are often afforded immunity. Speak with a lawyer today to find out exactly what you can and should do going forward.
For a free legal consultation with a Icy Road Accident lawyer serving Shreveport, call 800-537-8185
Pursuing Damages in an Icy Road Accident Case
There are two ways our team can typically help clients seek and possibly secure compensation following a Shreveport traffic accident.
First, we may be able to file an insurance claim and seek a settlement agreement through negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance carrier.
Our second option, which is less common but sometimes necessary, is to file a personal injury lawsuit and take the case to trial. This is our next step if the responsible party’s insurance company refuses to make you a fair settlement offer.
Accordingly, it is important to protect your right to sue. Per Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, a one-year statute of limitations pertains to personal injury lawsuits in Louisiana. Waiting too long to take legal action and allowing the deadline in your case to pass could mean that you lose your right to sue for damages.
Types of Damages You Can Include in Your Claim
In general, the recoverable damages in a personal injury lawsuit or an insurance claim may include:
- Current and future treatment-related expenses
- Current and future lost income and benefits, as well as the reduced ability to work
- Property damage, including to your car
- Pain and suffering
If a member of your family was killed in an icy road accident, you may be able to recover damages in a wrongful death case. A representative of the Morris Bart law firm can explain more about this type of claim during your complimentary case review.
Get Help from a Lawyer on Our Shreveport Team
Receive a free consultation from a member of our Shreveport team by calling (318) 553-5470. We work on a contingency-fee-basis with no advanced payment required. Instead, we only receive attorney fees in this arrangement as a percentage of your settlement offer or court award if you win your case.
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