Construction truck accidents can lead to expensive car repairs, medical bills, and lost wages. Fatal truck accidents can leave surviving family members with the pain and financial distress that come with losing a loved one.
If you have been injured or lost a family member in an accident with a construction vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. A Lake Charles construction truck accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to manage all of the legal work in your case while you focus on your recovery. Our firm handles personal injury and wrongful death cases.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers offers free consultations to Lake Charles truck accident victims. Call (337) 777-7777 today to speak with a member of our team about your case. If you qualify, we may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis with no out-of-pocket payments required to start.
What to Do After a Lake Charles Construction Truck Accident
Per the Louisiana Revised Statute (RS) §32:398, the driver involved in a motor vehicle accident that causes any injury, death, or property damage of over $500 must report it to the authorities immediately. If the accident took place in a town, the driver should report it to the local police. If it took place outside of town limits, the driver should report it to the sheriff or state police.
This call may generate a police report that contains details of your accident. This report may become a useful piece of evidence in your case.
In addition to filing a police report, it is important to receive prompt medical treatment for your injuries. Evidence in your medical record connecting your injuries to the accident may also help your personal injury case.
After that, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers encourages you to call our firm at (337) 777-7777 for a free, no-obligation case review with a member of our team. We can review your accident, answer your questions, and discuss your options during this call.
For a free legal consultation with a construction truck accident lawyer serving Lake Charles, call (337) 777-7777
How Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Can Help You
A Lake Charles construction truck accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you after a construction truck accident by advocating on your behalf with the insurance companies and pursuing legal action if necessary.
Your lawyer may start by collecting evidence from the accident and your subsequent medical treatment. This evidence may include:
- Photographs of the accident
- The police reports
- Eyewitness testimony
- Surveillance, dashcam, or traffic camera footage of the accident, if available
- Your medical records and bills
- Car repair or replacement invoices
- Documents related to your lost income
This evidence may help establish liability for the accident and the value of your damages.
In addition to collecting evidence, your lawyer can take on all communication with the insurance companies on your behalf. Insurance companies often want to settle quickly and may push you to accept a settlement right away. You are not obligated to accept an offer in this manner or an offer that does not reflect the full value of your damages.
Your lawyer can handle all written and verbal communication with the insurance company on your behalf. Your lawyer can also submit documents and evidence for your insurance claim and/or lawsuit. They can then engage with the insurance company in settlement negotiations and, if necessary, take your case to trial.
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Comparative Fault in a Construction Truck Accident
The Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §2323 establishes comparative fault laws in the state. These laws mean that if the injured party was partially responsible for the accident, their damages might be reduced in proportion to their contribution to the accident.
Accordingly, the other party may try to blame the accident, or part of the accident, on you to escape the financial responsibility for it. Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can collect evidence to demonstrate the full amount of the responsible party’s liability when we represent you.
Determining Damages in a Construction Truck Accident
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help determine the value of your damages after a construction truck accident. The potentially recoverable damages in a personal injury case may include:
- Property damage to your vehicle or other personal belongings
- Medical expenses such as hospital visits, doctor’s appointments, surgeries, rehabilitation services, prescriptions, and other healthcare needs
- Lost wages if you are out of work after the accident
- Future lost wages if you are unable to continue working because of your injuries
- Pain and suffering
If you lost a loved one in a construction vehicle accident, you might be able to pursue a different set of damages in a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death damages may include:
- Burial and funeral costs
- Accident-related medical care your loved one received before their death
- Loss of wages
- Loss of guidance, care, or companionship
Only certain family members can file a wrongful death claim in Louisiana, and the types of damages that may be available in your case may depend on your relationship to the decedent. To learn more about wrongful death lawsuits, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today.
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There Is a Limited Time to Take Legal Action in Louisiana
In Louisiana, the general statute of limitation for personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits is one year, according to the CC §3492. In cases of personal injury, this general deadline is one year from the date of the accident. In wrongful death cases, this general deadline is one from the date of the accident victim’s death.
If you wait too long in either type of case, you may lose your right to sue.
Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Today
A Lake Charles construction truck accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to coordinate all aspects of your case on your behalf.
For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (337) 777-7777. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get to work for you.