Did a loved one pass away in a fatal truck accident? You could demand compensation from the negligent party responsible for the accident. Consider connecting with our Coteau Holmes fatal truck accident lawyer. They can fight for the compensation you deserve.
The attorneys at our firm have over 250 years of combined experience fighting for victims of injury and wrongful death. We’re committed to helping surviving family members get the compensation they need to move forward more comfortably after losing a loved one in a truck accident.
How Can You Collect Damages After a Coteau Holmes Fatal Truck Accident?
You must meet Louisiana’s legal standard for negligence before collecting damages. Our fatal truck accident lawyers have experience helping surviving family members meet that standard. It’s a four-part test, which appears below.
- First, whoever you are seeking damages from has a “duty of care” when operating their truck. This also includes properly maintaining the truck’s safety features (e.g., brakes, tires, headlights)
- Second, you must prove they did not show the required duty of care
- Third, you must prove their failure to show the required duty of care caused the truck accident that killed your loved one
- Fourth, you must show that the death of your loved one caused you (and your family) to suffer financial losses and non-economic damages
For a free legal consultation with a fatal truck accident lawyer serving Coteau Holmes, call (337) 777-7777
What Can a Fatal Truck Accident Attorney Do for You?
Our Coteau Holmes fatal truck accident lawyer can help you in many ways. We will interview witnesses, request any existing video surveillance (e.g., traffic cameras, private security cameras, witness cell phone footage), and find other evidence that strengthens your case.
We will also represent you in settlement negotiations with the negligent party’s insurer or their legal representatives. If those negotiations are not fruitful, we will fight your case in court. We will also see to it that your fatal truck accident case is properly filed within Louisiana’s statute of limitations. Our team will keep you updated on the status of your case and promptly respond to your inquiries.
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What Are Common Causes of Fatal Truck Accidents?
There are several different negligent acts that can cause a deadly truck accident. They include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Failure to observe the vehicle code (e.g., speeding, following too closely)
- Operating a truck while under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or both
- Failing to adequately maintain the truck’s mechanical soundness (e.g., driving on old tires or with faulty brakes)
- Operating a truck while distracted (e.g., texting, talking on mobile phone)
It’s also important to note that the liability may extend past the truck driver. Some trucking companies push their drivers to exceed the maximum allowable miles (or consecutive hours) in a given time period, which can lead to driver fatigue. A fatigued trucker who has driven too many miles is likely to cause a crash.
If our investigation reveals liability on the part of the trucking company, we will demand damages from them. In other cases, trucks may have mechanical issues beyond the driver’s control, such as faulty safety features that fail catastrophically and cause deadly accidents. Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers will follow the evidence wherever it leads in your case and demand damages from all the negligent parties.
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What Damages Can You Demand After a St. Martin Parish Fatal Truck Accident?
There are two types of damages you can demand after a fatal truck accident. The first type is economic damages. Examples of economic damages include, but are not limited to:
- Lifetime of lost income
- Any medical expenses (e.g., hospital stays, surgeries) your loved one incurred after the accident
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Property damage (e.g., cost of repairing or replacing your deceased loved one’s vehicle or any other personal property damaged in the truck accident)
The second type of damages you can demand after a truck accident are known as non-economic damages. This refers to emotional trauma, such as pain and suffering and mental anguish brought on by the death of your loved one.
Although non-economic damages may not have a fixed dollar amount like medical bills do, our fatal truck accident attorneys will work closely with you to calculate a value for them. Our demand will be the total of both your economic and non-economic damages.
Is There a Time Limit on Demanding Damages?
Under Louisiana law, you have one year from the date of the fatal truck accident to demand damages (Louisiana Civil Code § 3492). This is known as the statute of limitations and, in most cases, if your case isn’t filed before it expires, you will lose your right to demand damages.
As a Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers client, you can rest assured our truck accident attorneys will file your case within the allotted time.
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How Much Is Your Fatal Truck Accident Case Worth?
Our Couteau Holmes fatal truck accident lawyers will demand compensation that reimburses you for your economic losses and is reflective of your non-economic damages. We can’t estimate the potential value of your fatal truck accident unless we have a complete understanding of the circumstances surrounding the accident.
If you’re interested in learning the value of your case, we recommend you reach out to us for a case consultation. Every case is unique, and once we have a complete picture of all the variables in your case, we’ll be in a better position to advise you on its potential value.
We Take Cases on Contingency
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers knows that losing a loved one in a fatal truck accident is one of the most unexpected, harrowing experiences for a family. We’re committed to being a part of helping you recover from this tragedy.
We realize that money may be tight after losing a loved one. That’s why we’ll handle your fatal truck accident case on a contingency-fee basis.
We will fight for your damages, and you won’t owe us a fee for our services unless we win your case in court or collect a settlement. You have enough to worry about. We don’t want to burden you with upfront or hourly fees.
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Don’t let another moment go to waste. Our legal team is ready to go to work for you and bring you and your family justice and compensation. Call now to speak with a team member and learn your options. We’ll handle every aspect of your case while you spend time with family.
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