The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission highlights the rash of injuries and deaths on the state’s roads that are due to distracted driving. A fair amount of those deaths and injuries were due to drivers who were texting while driving their vehicles, either just before or at the point of impact. If texting and driving was a factor in your garbage truck accident, call our team at Morris Bart, LLC today at (504) 613-4771 for a free consultation.
Texting and Driving Is Willful Negligence
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes it blatantly clear that texting and driving is a form of distracted driving that presents an immediate danger to others on and near the road. Considering that all drivers have a legal obligation not to put others at an unreasonable risk of harm, texting and driving qualifies as a form of negligence, from a legal standpoint. If you sustained injuries or a loved one died in a garbage truck crash where texting and driving was a contributing factor, then you may be entitled to compensation. The negligence of the person who was texting while driving makes them liable. A Slidell texting while driving lawyer can help you make this case.
For a free legal consultation with a Texting While Driving Accident lawyer serving Slidell, call 800-537-8185
A Slidell Texting While Driving Lawyer Will Aim to Prove Negligence
There are three general steps that any Slidell texting while driving attorney may take when arguing that a negligent truck driver who was texting while driving led to your accident. These steps include:
- Establishing the duty of care of the offending driver.
The duty of care is a statute that applies to all motorists, and it generally means that a motorist will not engage in behaviors that put other motorists, passengers, and pedestrians at an unreasonable risk of being injured, killed, or otherwise harmed.
- Proving to a jury that the defendant in your case breached their duty of care.
There are many ways that a motorist can violate their duty of care, and in doing so open themselves up to liability. Actions that may qualify as a breach of the duty of care include drunk driving, speeding, and texting while driving.
- Proving the link between the defendant’s breach of duty of care and the harm that you have endured.
Whether the harm is in the form of injuries to yourself or the death of a loved one, your Slidell texting while driving lawyer will aim to prove that the negligent behavior which caused the accident in question also caused harm to you. If a jury finds this case compelling, or you reach a settlement before the trial stage, then you may be able to collect compensation for your losses relating to the accident. You may be able to recover compensation from both the garbage truck driver and the trucking company. In some cases, this may be a government entity which can complicate matters.
Awards That You Could be Eligible to Collect
The array of damages that can stem from a truck accident is vast, so it is tough to say precisely what forms of compensation you may be entitled to. However, you may be able to collect coverage for some of the most common accident-related losses, which include:
- The cost of an ambulance ride you took from the scene of the accident.
- The cost of care that you received in the emergency room.
- Additional medical costs stemming from the accident, such as a stay in the hospital, surgery, and rehabilitation.
- The cost of transportation to medical appointments required because of injuries you sustained in the accident.
- Income that you have lost while recovering from your injuries.
- Any long-term or permanent disability caused by your accident.
- Post-traumatic stress or other psychological harm that was caused by the accident and resulting injuries.
Wrongful death claims sometimes warrant a unique set of awards, which may include coverage for:
- The loss of companionship to a spouse or children of the deceased.
- The cost of the deceased’s funeral.
- The loss of income that the deceased would have provided to their surviving family members.
- Mental anguish of the deceased’s family.
A Slidell texting while driving lawyer will put together and complete a case for such compensation—and any other compensation that you are entitled to—on your behalf. Call our team at Morris Bart, LLC today at (504) 613-4771 for a no-cost consultation.
A Slidell Texting While Driving Lawyer Can Handle All of Your Legal Needs
A lawyer can serve many roles. They can advise you on the steps to take to defend your family and loved one’s rights, as well as your options for pursuing compensation. Once you make a choice of which route to take, they will provide the legal services to complete your case. Some of the responsibilities of a Slidell texting while driving attorney may include:
- Thoroughly investigating the circumstances of your or your loved one’s case, collecting vital evidence of negligence along the way. This can be especially important in a truck accident case as most of the evidence we need is in the hands of the trucking company that can destroy the evidence after a period of time.
- Filing your case in court, speaking with the defense’s lawyers to obtain any settlement offers that are available, and completing a trial if necessary.
- Defending your rights throughout their time serving as your lawyer.
A personal injury lawyer’s mission will be to help you pursue any awards that you are entitled to based on the circumstances of your accident.
Call Our Team at Morris Bart, LLC Today
Now is a crucial time for you to focus on recovering from injuries and maintaining a positive outlook. Pursuing justice on your own can induce stress and, for many, be an overwhelming undertaking. A Slidell texting while driving attorney can handle this responsibility for you. Call our team at Morris Bart, LLC today at (504) 613-4771 to learn more about what a Slidell texting while driving attorney can do for you, with no cost to the conversation. Do not wait to call, as the statute of limitations for wrongful death and personal injury claims in Louisiana is generally one year under Louisiana Statute § 3492. A lawyer may be able to see if your case qualifies for an addendum, loophole, or clause.
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