Highway Accident Lawyer
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Highways are vital thoroughfares across Louisiana, Texas, and the U.S. Despite their essential role in transportation and modern life, highways can also be incredibly risky places where serious and preventable wrecks happen.
At Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers, we have helped many people hurt in highway crashes recover and seek justice when it matters most. With more than 20 years’ experience, a reputation for excellence, and an unwavering devotion to our clients, our highway accident attorneys have what it takes to achieve successful resolutions in even the toughest cases.
That’s why we’re known as leading car accident attorneys in Louisiana and Texas. And it’s why you can trust us for extraordinary advocacy and counsel when it’s time to file a claim and get justice.
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- How Do Highway Accidents Happen in Louisiana & Texas?
- Who Is At Fault for My Highway Accident?
- What Evidence Do I Need for My Highway Accident Claim?
How Do Highway Accidents Happen in Louisiana & Texas?
With multiple lanes and higher speed limits, highways can support near-constant traffic. If those highways haven’t been safely designed or constructed, however, they could play a role in causing serious motor vehicle accidents. Some of the design and construction flaws that can make highways inherently unsafe include:
- No guardrails and/or shoulder areas
- Missing traffic signs
- Blind turns or severely sharp turns
- Dangerous inclines or steep highway grades
- Risky mergers or highway ramps
- Insufficient nighttime lighting
Of course, unsafe highway design and construction is just one factor that can contribute to highway accidents. Others include:
- Negligent drivers: Highways can be riddled with intersections, merges, parking lot entrance/exits, and several other features. All of that means that the traffic conditions can quickly change, requiring prompt, appropriate responses from motorists. If those drivers are distracted, intoxicated, fatigued, or just plain aggressive, they can easily slam into other vehicles and travelers on highways, causing serious wrecks.
- Vehicle mechanical failures: Equipment malfunctions can cause highway accidents when drivers are unable to safely control their vehicles. For example, a tire blowout on an 18-wheeler can cause jackknifes on highways. Similarly, if the brakes on a car lock up, drivers can blow through red lights and cause crashes.
- Highway maintenance failures: Even the safest highways can end up being risky if they aren’t kept up and properly maintained. That can mean fixing potholes, repainting lane markings, and replacing damaged roadway signs. Depending on the conditions, these activities can also involve removing debris from the roads, cleaning up spills, and setting up roadside work zones to expand highways or repair guardrails. If cities, counties, contractors, or others ignore these responsibilities, unsafe highways can factor into wrecks.
Keep in mind that the risks of highway accidents spike when:
- Adverse weather limits visibility or reduces vehicles’ tractions with the surface of highways.
- It’s rush hour, and several more vehicles are packed on the highways. At these times, motorists can be more prone to distraction and aggression (source: NHTSA).
Who Is At Fault for My Highway Accident?
You need to identify the exact cause(s) of the highway crash to figure out who’s liable for it. That’s because any parties whose negligence contributed to the highway accident can be at fault — and that:
- More than one party can be liable: Negligent drivers, engineers who designed unsafe highways, and cities that failed to maintain the highways can all be at fault for a single accident, depending on the factors involved. Since every motor vehicle crash is unique, involving different parties and distinct circumstances, carefully investigating a particular accident is the most effective way to determine who’s at fault for it.
- Victims with limited fault may still be able to recover: In Louisiana and Texas, victims can be eligible to file claims and seek financial recovery IF they are not mostly at fault causing the wreck. Compensation can be reduced in these cases of shared liability.
The highway accident lawyers at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers can explain who’s at fault for your wreck and the best options for recovery after hearing more about your situation. Until then, here are a few more key facts to know about fault for highway accidents:
- Liability can be tricky to tease out in some crash cases, like those involving several vehicles.
- Victims can be accused of causing a crash even if they were 100% complying with the law when someone else hit them. That doesn’t mean victims are at fault; it simply means that it may be more challenging to establish liability.
- There can be different statutes of limitations (or filing deadlines) for claims against private parties versus public organizations. That’s another reason why it can be crucial to investigate wrecks and examine fault with the help of a highway accident attorney at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers. We can inform you of these finer points and make sure you don’t miss out on an opportunity to recover.
What Evidence Do I Need for My Highway Accident Claim?
Liability and the investigation into your crash will be key to uncovering the evidence you need to prove fault and set a highway accident claim up for success. Generally, however, some key places to start looking for potential evidence include in:
- Police crash reports
- Photos and/or videos of the highway accident scene, including damaged vehicles, debris, the roads, weather conditions, and more
- Eyewitness accounts
- Expert witness reports, testing, and/or analyses
- Highway design, construction, and maintenance records
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After a highway accident, you may only have one chance to prove your case and recover the compensation you may deserve. Make sure you present the strongest claim possible by retaining a 5-star highway accident attorney at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers.
Strategic, tenacious, and fearless, we are honored to fight for negligence victims just like you, providing the fierce, focused representation and compassionate service that we would insist on if we were in your shoes. Discover the difference our team can make in your claim and recovery by contacting us today.
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