According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 700 people die in passenger vehicle crashes each year in Louisiana. They can happen any time at any place, and Shreveport is no exception. If you have been harmed in a collision, The Bart Bernard team of Shreveport personal injury lawyers are ready to help you get your life back in order.
Car wrecks can be devastating. A serious injury can cost you time away from work and greatly impact your quality of life. If your injuries were caused by the negligence of another driver, we can help you file a lawsuit against the responsible party.
Damages in a car accident lawsuit
If you prevail on your injury claim, you are entitled to monetary compensation from the responsible party or their insurance company. These damages can include compensation for your physical, emotional, or financial injuries. Our team of car accident lawyers stands ready to investigate your claim and identify all of the damages that may be available to you.
Damages commonly sought in Shreveport car accident lawsuits include:
Negotiating with an insurance company
In many cases, the driver responsible for your injuries will have liability insurance coverage. The contract for insurance will provide the other driver with legal representation as well as a potential source of compensation to settle the claim.
However, negotiating a fair settlement with an insurance company can be complex. While insurers are often quick to make a settlement offer, these offers are often unreasonably low. Their strategy is to settle a claim quickly before an injury victim has an understanding of the value of their claim. These offers might, for example, be enough to cover emergency room bills but fall short of the cost of long-term treatment.
At Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers, our skilled team has in-depth experience negotiating with insurance companies. We understand the value of your claim and will fight for the compensation you deserve.
When you are partially at fault
In Louisiana, you have the right to recover compensation for your injuries even if you were partially at fault. In some states, a plaintiff may not recover damages if they were primarily responsible for the collision. However, under Louisiana’s comparative fault rules, you could still recover damages even if your negligence was the primary cause of the crash.
However, it is important to note that your recovery can be reduced by your degree of fault. For example, if a jury determines you were 80 percent at fault, they will award you only 20 percent of your damages.
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You will never have to worry about upfront legal fees with Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers. Our firm only collects a fee if we are successful in your case. If you do not get paid, we do not get paid. To discuss your options with legal counsel who will fight for your maximum compensation, call today to schedule your free initial consultation.