A Shreveport night driving accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to represent you and seek compensation on your behalf if you suffered injuries in a collision in Caddo or Bossier Parish. If we can document your losses and develop a case to show the other driver acted negligently, we can likely secure a payout through a liability car insurance claim or a lawsuit in civil court.
To learn more, call (318) 553-5470 today. A member of our Shreveport legal team can review your night driving car accident case for free and explain your options for taking legal action.
Night Driving Increases the Risk of an Accident in Several Ways
When driving at night, it is important to be more aware of the potential hazards that could lead to an accident. The National Safety Council (NSC) lists some dangers that all drivers should be aware of when driving at night:
- Drivers are more likely to be drowsy or sleep-deprived at night.
- Drowsy drivers are more likely to fall asleep behind the wheel at night.
- Low visibility is much more common at night and affects us more as we age.
- High-beams only offer about 500 feet of visibility, with normal headlights providing only about half of that distance.
- There is an increased chance that there are intoxicated drivers on the road.
These factors, especially when considered together, can significantly increase the risk motorists face on the road at night. For example, a drunk driver who has impaired vision and cannot see beyond about 250 feet may fail to recognize traffic ahead and react appropriately to avoid a collision.
Proving Negligence in a Night Driving Accident Case
As with other types of accident cases, to build a night driving collision case, you have to prove negligence. To build a case against the driver and hold them accountable, our team must identify evidence to prove four factors:
- The driver had a responsibility to follow all traffic rules and regulations.
- The driver violated a rule or regulation.
- This violation caused the collision and your injuries.
- You endured financial losses as well as physical injuries in the crash.
To learn if we can help you, reach out to the Morris Bart law office in Shreveport. Our team can evaluate your accident for free. Call (318) 553-5470 to get started.
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Building a Case Against the Negligent Driver Who Caused Your Shreveport Collision
If we represent you in your collision case, a Shreveport night driving accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm will do so based on contingency. This means we will provide the financial means to investigate your accident and take legal action, and you will not need to pay for anything upfront. You can count on our team to take the following steps:
- Get the accident report and other official documents from law enforcement
- Interview witnesses to the accident
- Gather and analyze the physical evidence in the case
- Call in accident reconstruction specialists
- Obtain the relevant medical records and medical imaging
- Work with medical experts to understand your prognosis and ongoing needs
- Document any additional damages
- Put a fair settlement value on your claim
- Prepare and file an insurance claim or civil action
You will not pay any out-of-pocket costs throughout this process. Instead, we will only take our attorney fees from the settlement or award won in court. We can explain our fee structure to you during your initial consultation, so you understand how it will apply in your case.
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Pursuing Damages for Your Injuries and Losses
When we document your accident-related expenses and injuries, we will work to estimate a just settlement or award. We will use this estimated value to demand fair compensation in your case. The compensation we seek may cover the following damages:
- Current and future treatment and any related medical expenses
- Lost income and benefits
- Reduced earning ability if you cannot return to your position
- Property damages, including your vehicle
- Loss of services you can no longer perform
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Other intangible losses
Some night driving collisions cause victims to suffer fatal injuries. If your spouse, child, or parent died because of their injuries, you may have a viable claim for wrongful death damages. We can pursue compensation in a wrongful death case on your behalf if you qualify.
Statute of Limitations on Louisiana Traffic Accident Civil Suits
Under Louisiana law, we likely only have up to 12 months to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in your night driving accident case. Per Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, you could lose the right to file a lawsuit if you miss this deadline.
We do not always need to file a lawsuit after a night driving collision, but it is important to keep the one-year deadline in mind. If we cannot reach an out-of-court settlement, this will help ensure that a lawsuit is still an option.
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A Shreveport night driving accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can file your insurance claim or manage your personal injury suit if you qualify to hold the other driver accountable.
Contact the Morris Bart law office in Shreveport for a complimentary review of the facts of your case. You can discuss your accident with a member of our team now by calling (318) 553-5470.
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