If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by improperly loaded cargo, you may be eligible to recover your economic and non-economic losses. You do not have to go through your legal battle alone. If you qualify, a Shreveport improperly loaded cargo lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can be there to represent your case in both settlement negotiations and a personal injury lawsuit if an out-of-court settlement can’t be reached.
At the Morris Bart law firm, our attorneys want to hold offenders accountable for their negligence, especially when their actions cause life-changing injuries. While you may think that a freak accident caused your injuries, improperly loaded cargo contributes to accidents and injuries every year.
To learn more about our services and to receive a free consultation on your case, contact our team at (318) 553-5470. The Morris Bart law firm offers our services on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payments required.
Common Causes of Improperly Loaded Cargo Accidents
Improperly loaded cargo accidents happen when the drivers of semi-trucks, vans, or pickup trucks fail to secure their loads. While many of these offenders are driving commercial vehicles for their employer, civilian drivers can also cause these accidents.
Common causes of improperly loaded cargo accidents can include:
- Vehicle parts becoming dislodged and falling onto the roadway, such as bumpers, tires, wheels, or mirrors
- Trailers coming loose and striking other vehicles
- Unsecured objects falling from the vehicle, including logs, scrap metal, furniture, and electronics
Ultimately, every person on the roadway is responsible for keeping their fellow motorists safe by obeying traffic laws. When drivers do not provide you with a reasonable expectation of safety, they may be held financially responsible for any losses you suffer in an accident with their vehicles.
The Morris Bart law firm can investigate your case and identify the liable party when we represent you.
For a free legal consultation with a Improperly Loaded Cargo Accident lawyer serving Shreveport, call 800-537-8185
Types of Recoverable Damages in Louisiana
Your recoverable damages may reflect your unique financial, physical, and psychological hardships. These damages may be awarded to compensate you for the losses you faced in the immediate aftermath of the accident, or they may address the hardships you will face in years to come.
Under Louisiana law, you may be eligible to recover multiple damages, including:
- Expenses related to medical treatment and rehabilitation
- Future costs of medical care
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capability
- Mental anguish
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
If you decide to retain a Shreveport improperly loaded cargo lawyer at the Morris Bart law firm, our attorneys can help you document your losses and assign a value to your case.
For more information about potentially recoverable damages in Shreveport, contact a representative at the Morris Bart law firm today at (318) 553-5470 to receive your free consultation.
Understanding Comparative Fault in Personal Injury Accidents
Even if you were partially at fault for your accident, you may still be eligible to recover damages. As detailed under Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §2323, partially liable victims may still be compensated for their losses; however, your settlement can be reduced relative to your level of culpability. To determine the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled, your overall responsibility for your accident is converted into a percentage, which is then subtracted from your settlement.
For example, if you receive a $10,000 settlement for your losses but you are found to be 25% liable for your accident, your final settlement may be reduced to $7,500.
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Calculating Your Non-Economic Losses
When you retain legal counsel, your attorney can assign a monetary value to your pain and suffering. When it comes to non-economic damages, such as mental anguish, attorneys may use multiple methods to showcase your intangible losses, including:
- Assigning a number between 1.5 and 5 to your mental anguish, which will reflect your unseen hardships, and multiplying this number by your economic losses to reach an appropriate value
- Detailing how the accident affected the personal lives of you and your loved ones
- Reviewing past judgments in similar cases and documenting legal precedents
- Calling upon industry experts to examine your case and quantify your suffering, such as mental health specialists, doctors, and economists
Working with Morris Bart, LLC on Your Case
The Morris Bart law firm has 15 locations across four states, allowing us to fight for victims in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Alabama. If you retain a Shreveport improperly loaded cargo lawyer from our firm, we can provide a multitude of legal services, including:
- Fighting for your unique needs during settlement negotiations
- Bringing your case to trial and handling the proceedings
- Launching an investigation of your accident to help show liability
- Providing legal counsel on relevant laws
- Calculating your damages and assigning a value to your case
- Handling communication with insurance companies and other parties involved in your claim
Call Us Today for Your Free Consultation
If you have any questions about your case, your options, or our services, a representative at the Morris Bart law firm can answer them. Contact our team today at (318) 553-5470 to get started with your free consultation.
Keep in mind that, per CC §3492, there is a general one-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims in Louisiana, beginning on the day of your accident. Once this statute of limitations expires, you may be unable to file a lawsuit.
The Morris Bart law firm can take your case on a contingency-fee-basis. This means we do not receive attorney fees unless you recover compensation in a settlement offer or court award.
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