Thousands of people, from residents to tourists, rely on passenger vehicles to safely transport them to and from their destinations in New Orleans, New Orleans East, and the Orleans Parish each year. Whether you are riding in a ridesharing vehicle or a taxicab, you generally expect to reach your destination without having your safety compromised. Unfortunately, accidents can and do occur, and when they do, many passengers are unsure of what steps to take to recover their losses. If your driver’s negligent behavior caused your accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The team of New Orleans passenger vehicle accident lawyers at Morris Bart, LLC has worked on many cases like these before, and we are proud of the results we achieved in those cases. For a free review of your case, contact us today at (504) 613-4771.
Laws That May Affect Your Passenger Vehicle Accident
The specific law that relates to your accident depends on the type of passenger vehicle you employed. If you were riding in a taxicab, that is a commercial vehicle, and the driver owed a duty of care to take reasonable precautions to ensure your safety. In order to show that the taxicab driver breached the duty of care, you must prove negligence. Breaches of duty could include:
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Distracted driving.
- Drowsy driving.
- Taxicab improperly repaired, resulting in mechanical failure.
If you were driving in a passenger vehicle that you found using a ridesharing app, like Uber or Lyft, there is a relatively new law, passed in 2015, that protects passengers who use those services. Under the Transportation Network Company Motor Vehicle Responsibility Law, passenger vehicle trips have two parts: the pre-trip acceptance period where the driver has agreed to take the passenger but has not yet picked them up, and the trip itself. During the pre-trip period, the ridesharing service must provide $25,000 in bodily injury or death coverage for one person or $50,000 for all people. They must also provide $25,000 in property damage. During the trip itself, the ridesharing company must carry $1,000,000 in insurance coverage for injury, death, or property damage and also $1,000,000 in uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage.
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Types of Injuries That Occur in Passenger Vehicle Accidents
There are a variety of types of injuries that can occur during passenger vehicle accidents. Some common types include:
Broken bones are a common injury after a car accident. While the outlook in most cases is positive, some complications can occur, such as infection, arthritis, blood vessel or nerve damage, stiffness, or uneven growth. The healing period for this type of injury is usually lengthy, and surgery is often required.
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries can occur as a result of trauma during a car accident, specifically to the neck, back, face, head, or chest area. While some people can lead full and productive lives after a spinal cord injury, the majority of people must use wheelchairs, walkers, and other assistive devices to cope with the loss of mobility.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
TBIs are a major cause of death and disability in the U.S. and often occur as a result of a blow to the head during a collision. In fact, car accidents are the second-leading cause of TBIs and result in 20% of all TBI-related hospitalizations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Internal bleeding is actually a symptom of another injury, but one that can rapidly become life-threatening. Many victims do not realize, because the bleeding is not always apparent, that they are losing blood until their situation becomes severe. Some common signs of internal bleeding include seizures, increased heart rate, and coma. If you incurred any of these injuries or something else, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. To find out what options you have or to take advantage of our free, no-risk consultation, contact Morris Bart, LLC today at (504) 613-4771.
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Types of Damages You May Recover After a New Orleans Passenger Vehicle Accident
While every case is different, some of the common types of damages that victims can recover after passenger vehicle accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Medical costs
- Past and future wages
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement or dismemberment
- Property damage
If your loved one did not survive the accident, your family may be able to recover:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical expenses left to the family
- Wages and benefits previously provided by the deceased
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of support and protection
How Louisiana’s Statute of Limitations May Impact Your Claim
Every state gives accident victims a deadline, also known as a statute of limitations, to pursue compensation after a personal injury accident. It is important for you to be aware that Louisiana Civil Code 3492 has a statute of limitations of just one year. That means you must file your claim within one year of the date of your accident, or typically, the courts will bar you from recovering any compensation for your losses.
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How a New Orleans Passenger Vehicle Accident Lawyer Can Help
A passenger vehicle accident lawyer can gather evidence and calculate the total value of your losses, including pain and suffering, to help you build a strong case and pursue compensation to the fullest extent of your injuries. If you were hurt in a passenger vehicle in New Orleans, New Orleans East, or the Orleans Parish using a ridesharing app, while the ridesharing company is required to provide ample insurance coverage, it can be difficult to get the company to pay. If the driver was behaving negligently, for example, they may claim that they are not responsible. In either case, a passenger vehicle accident lawyer serving New Orleans can stand up for your rights and, if necessary, take your case to court to pursue a fair settlement for your injuries. To find out what your best options are for recovering your losses after a passenger vehicle accident, call Morris Bart, LLC today at (504) 613-4771.
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