If you were hurt in a Shreveport traffic accident and believe poor lighting played a role, you may be able to pursue compensation. A lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can help if we believe there is evidence to prove your claim and recover compensation. Call (318) 553-5470 today for a free case review with a member of our law office.
You Can Sue the Government for a Poorly Lit Road Accident
If you were hurt in an automobile accident in Caddo Parish or Bossier Parish, and a poorly lit road is to blame, the liable party may be the governmental agency responsible for that road. The government must ensure the road does not have a defect or negligence that could pose a hazard to those on the road.
However, a case against a government agency is different from most car accident cases. The legal doctrine of sovereign immunity offers protection for the government. Therefore, different rules apply when you attempt to seek damages from a governmental agency.
Louisiana Revised Statutes (RS) §13:5101 outlines the rules related to holding a state or other governmental agency responsible for your personal injuries and financial harm. Some of these rules pertain to limits on recoverable damages and a shorter timeline in which to take legal action.
A Lawyer Can Help You File a Claim Against a Government Agency
An attorney knows how best to navigate the personal injury process when the liable party involves a government agency. If we can gather enough evidence to prove that the agency failed to properly design, build, or maintain the road, we will pursue a claim against them and seek a just settlement on your behalf.
These cases may require us to analyze the accident scene, review studies about the lighting, work with accident reconstruction specialists, and call in additional experts as needed. To learn if the Morris Bart law firm in Shreveport can handle your case, contact us today for your free consultation with a member of our legal team.
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Types of Damages You Can Recover Related to Your Injuries
Our team can enlist medical experts and collect the necessary documentation to determine your future care insofar as your needs, limitations, and losses based on your prognosis. The types of damages available from a government agency under RS §13:5106 include:
- Medical care and related benefits
- Loss of current earnings and support
- Loss of future earnings if you cannot return to work
- Your future medical needs related to your accident injuries
- Wrongful death losses
Settlement Negotiations vs. Trial
Our team will attempt to settle your case before filing a personal injury lawsuit, whether the liable party is another driver or a government agency. The negotiation process gives us more control in that we retain the right to reject any settlement offer that does not cover your losses. We will not settle for less than the value of your case.
But we won’t settle just to put an end to your case. We will only agree to a settlement when the other party agrees to compensate you fairly for the damages you have suffered. Call us today at (318) 553-5470 to get started.
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Louisiana’s Statute of Limitations in Car Accident Cases
In most cases, you only have one year to take legal action and file a personal injury lawsuit, per Louisiana Civil Code §3492. However, when a government agency is the liable party, a shorter deadline may apply.
Missing the deadline could drastically affect your ability to recover compensation for your damages. Contact us as soon as you can to ensure we have enough time to develop your case, assign liability, and pursue legal action. We do not always have to file a civil suit and take a case to court to recover compensation, but it is sometimes necessary.
Pursue Compensation Today for a Poor Lighting Accident with Morris Bart
The Morris Bart law firm can help you pursue damages against the party who caused your accident with no upfront cost to you. We get paid only if and when you win. Get started today by calling our Shreveport office at (318) 553-5470.
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