If a poorly maintained vehicle caused your accident and injuries, you may have a case against the car owner or another liable party. A Shreveport poor maintenance accident lawyer can develop a case and represent you in your personal injury lawsuit if you qualify to take legal action.
At the Morris Bart law firm in Shreveport, our legal team provides free consultations for accident victims. We can review your traffic accident facts and determine if we can help you with your civil suit or insurance claim based on the collision and your damages. Call (318) 553-5470 to get started today.
The Dangers of a Poorly Maintained Motor Vehicle
Every vehicle has a maintenance schedule recommended by the manufacturer to keep it operating safely. This maintenance schedule includes oil changes, brake inspections, and tire rotations. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends following your vehicle’s schedule and working with a dealership or trusted mechanic to do so.
Improper maintenance could cause several problems, both for the vehicle owner and for others, which can include:
- More expensive repairs
- Problems with important parts, such as the brakes, tires, steering system, and more
- Failing safety features
These problems could, in turn, cause vehicle systems to fail or parts to break without warning. These failures could lead to a car crash and an increased risk of injuries.
To learn more, contact the Morris Bart law firm in Shreveport today. You can speak to a member of our legal team by calling (318) 553-5470.
For a free legal consultation with a Poor Maintenance Accident lawyer serving Shreveport, call 800-537-8185
Proving Liability and Pursuing Compensation from the At-Fault Party
We may be able to determine who is liable for your Caddo Parish or Bossier Parish traffic accident, including if there was an issue with the vehicle’s maintenance that caused or contributed to the collision. Like other car accidents, the owner or driver of the vehicle is the most likely at-fault party, but poor maintenance could be because of a negligent mechanic or a defective vehicle part or system. When the fault falls on a mechanic, car company, or parts manufacturer, both the car’s owner or driver and all other victims of the accident may be able to take legal action and seek compensation. Examples of cases when other parties are responsible or share responsibility may include:
- A mechanic or auto shop failed to perform requested maintenance or repairs.
- The mechanic or garage provided improper repairs that caused additional issues.
- The failure occurred because of a dangerous or defective vehicle part.
In any of these cases, we may be able to build an argument to hold the mechanic, repair shop, auto manufacturer, or another party responsible.
If we represent you in your accident case, we will work based on contingency. You will not need to pay anything for our work on investigating your accident, pursuing a claim, or even taking your case to court. We receive attorney’s fees from your settlement or court award if we recover compensation in your case. Otherwise, we do not get paid attorneys fees.
A Shreveport poor maintenance accident lawyer can go to work on your case today if you qualify to take legal action. Let our legal team evaluate your options and explain our services.
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Recovering Damages for a Car Accident in Shreveport
The recoverable damages in a Shreveport collision case depend on the nature and value of your actual losses. If we represent you in your case, we will put a just price on your recovery. We will not settle for less than you are entitled to cover your expenses related to your accident, seeking only a fair agreement. If the insurance company or other representative of the at-fault party refuses, we will not hesitate to seek compensation in court.
The compensation we will pursue for you includes:
- Treatment and care costs
- Future medical expenses
- Current and future lost income and benefits
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering and other intangible losses
- Wrongful death damages, if necessary
Louisiana Law Limits Your Time to Take Legal Action
Under Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, we may only have about a year to file a civil suit in a Bossier Parish or Caddo Parish court. While personal injury lawsuits are not always necessary in these cases, we must maintain and protect your right to move forward with a trial if it becomes necessary.
If the circumstances allow, we will ensure we meet this deadline and take other steps to keep your rights intact. In circumstances when we cannot reach an out-of-court settlement with the negligent party or their insurance company, we will name them as the defendant in a civil action and present a personal injury case to show they are responsible for your injuries in court.
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Contact an Accident Attorney for Help Recovering Compensation
A Shreveport poor maintenance accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can help you with your case if we believe you qualify to take action today. We offer complimentary consultations for accident victims in Caddo and Bossier parishes. We can determine whether we can recover compensation and hold the at-fault party accountable during your discussion with our legal team.
Call (318) 553-5470 today to get started.
We also serve accident victims in other areas of the Gulf South. From our 16 offices, we can reach any area of Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, or Louisiana. Contact us if you would like to discuss an accident that occurred anywhere in our service area.
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