Hundreds of car accidents happen every year across the state of Louisiana, according to the Center for Analytics & Research in Transportation Safety. While some accidents are unavoidable, many are the result of negligence on the part of one of the drivers. If you were hurt in an accident, you are likely in pain and feeling overwhelmed by medical bills and doctor’s appointments. If you are unable to work because of your injuries, we want to help. You are not alone. The team at Morris Bart, LLC is here to help you pursue compensation to the fullest extent of your injuries. For a free, no-risk consultation, contact us today at (504) 613-4771.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in New Orleans
There are many circumstances that can lead to a car accident in New Orleans, including:
One cause of distracted driving today is cell phone use. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), sending or reading a text generally requires you to take your eyes off the road for at least five seconds. At 55 miles per hour, that is the equivalent of “driving across an entire football field with your eyes closed”. Distracted driving also includes taking your eyes off the road to change the radio, talk to passengers, or even just look at the scenery around you.
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can impair a driver’s “perception, cognition, balance, coordination, and other brain functions that are required to operate a vehicle safely,” according to the December 27th, 2016 CBHSQ Report.
When drivers speed, they may not have time to react if the flow of traffic suddenly slows or comes to a complete stop. Speeding drivers may not have time to avoid other drivers who change lanes suddenly, with little warning.
Reckless driving includes behaviors like weaving through traffic, tailgating, aggressive driving, illegal passing, or ignoring traffic signs and signals. This type of driving displays a lack of regard for the safety of other drivers and their property. If you or someone you love was hurt in a New Orleans car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to damages. Contact Morris Bart, LLC at (504) 613-4771 for a free, no-risk review of your case.
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We Represent Victims of Many Different Kinds of Accidents
Over 40,000 car accidents occurred in Louisiana in 2019, resulting in over 70,000 injuries and nearly 700 fatalities, according to the Center for Analytics & Research in Transportation Safety. Some types of injuries that result from car accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and other head injuries: TBIs are a major cause of death and disability in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). TBIs are usually the result of a blow to the head that disrupts normal brain function. TBIs can range from mild, only causing a headache, to severe, where people suffer from long periods of unconsciousness or memory loss.
- Internal bleeding: During an accident, blood vessels may be torn or crushed, potentially causing abdominal pain, dizziness, fainting, headaches, seizures, or other symptoms, according to Medical News Today. Any sign of internal bleeding is a medical emergency, and the victim should see a healthcare professional immediately.
- Broken bones: Broken bones can be serious, depending on the type of break. These injuries are often extremely painful and require long periods of healing, during which time the victim’s mobility is severely limited.
- Whiplash: Whiplash is a common neck injury caused by a rapid back and forth movement of the neck, most often is caused by rear-end collisions, according to Mayo Clinic. While this injury is usually not serious, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis to rule out other types of closely related injuries like broken bones or tissue damage.
If you suffered another type of injury, we could still establish the at-fault party or parties and pursue justice.
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Damages You May Recover After a New Orleans Car Accident
Every case is different, so it is impossible to estimate the specific damages that you may be able to recover after your car accident. However, some types of recoverable damages that victims recover in car accident cases include:
- Medical expenses, including hospital stays, ambulance rides, medication, doctor’s examinations, physical therapy, and other treatments
- Lost wages from time away from work while healing
- Future wages if you have lost your ability to work
- Pain and suffering
- Out of pocket costs
- Property damage
If your loved one did not survive the accident, your family’s loss may entitle you to specific damages associated with a wrongful death lawsuit, including:
- Loss of support and protection
- Loss of benefits and wages previously provided by the deceased
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial expenses
While uncommon, some people are also able to recover punitive damages. We intend to punish the defendant for their reprehensible behavior and discourage them—as well as others—from behaving in that way ever again.
How a New Orleans Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
There are a number of ways in which a lawyer can help your case. For starters, we can gather evidence and build a strong case, taking the burden of proving liability off your shoulders while you heal from your injuries, providing you with peace of mind knowing your case is in good hands. That’s not all, though. By building a strong case, we can also help to establish whether the other driver was entirely at fault. Establishing fault is important because Louisiana is a comparative fault state under Article 2323 of the Louisiana Civil Code, which means that if you are found partially at fault for an accident, the amount of damages you can recover will be reduced by the degree to which you were negligent. A lawyer can fight for your right to fair compensation for your injuries. We will not hesitate to take your case to trial, if necessary. It is also important to know that you will not owe us anything if we do not win your case. So, there is no risk to you whatsoever. For a free, no-obligation review of your case, call us today at (504) 613-4771.
After you suffered an injury in a car crash, you may want to contact a New Orleans car accident lawyer to protect your right to receive damages.
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How Soon After the Accident to See a Doctor
First responders to the scene may have recommended that you ride to the hospital in an ambulance after the accident. If you refused, it is still advisable that you see a doctor as soon after the crash as possible.
By having a record of the injuries you suffered in the crash, as well as a recovery plan from a doctor, you will have a key piece of evidence when seeking compensation for your pain, suffering, and medical bills in a personal injury lawsuit.
How Long the Personal Injury Claim Will Take
It is difficult for us to give you an accurate answer to this question because every case is different.
If the insurer representing the driver who hit you accepts that its driver was at fault, the case may be completed in a few months. However, if the insurer does not accept fault for its client, the case can take far longer. The severity of your injuries will also impact how long the process takes.
Some insurance companies prefer to come to a settlement during negotiations, which will allow the case to conclude more quickly than if the negotiations fail, and the case must go to court.
How Long You Have to File a Claim
According to Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, those who have suffered injuries because of the negligence of another person, such as in a car accident, have up to one year to begin the process of filing a personal injury claim.
Our team recommends that you start the process as early as possible after the accident, so we can interview witnesses while the facts of the case remain clear to them.
When you choose to hire us, we will keep your case moving forward, meeting all deadlines required, helping you receive the fairest possible award in the shortest amount of time.
What to Do If the Other Driver Was Texting
When you have suffered injuries in a car accident, you may have noticed that the driver who hit you was texting while driving. This action violates Louisiana Revised Statutes (RS) §32:300.5, as it causes the driver to take his or her eyes off the road. This action may have led to the crash.
If the other driver does not admit to police officers that they were texting before the crash, you should mention to officers that you saw this happening. They will investigate further and may be able to show the other driver was violating state law. This is a sign of negligence on the other driver’s part, giving you a better chance of receiving a fair settlement.
The Cost of Hiring a New Orleans Car Accident Lawyer
We work on a contingency-fee-basis in personal injury cases, which means we do not charge any money upfront to victims seeking to retain our services.
Instead, we only receive payment upon reaching a successful settlement or court award. Our fee is a percentage of the final settlement.
If you choose to hire us, but we are unable to win a judgment in your favor when the case concludes, you will not owe us anything.
Insurance Companies and Settlement Offers
Usually, the insurer representing the driver who hit you will attempt to give you the smallest possible settlement.
Understand that you could have medical costs for your injuries well into the future. You may not be able to work in the same way you did before the crash, leaving your income reduced. An insurance company may not fairly compensate you for these future items.
Once you accept a settlement amount from the insurer, you cannot go back later and try to receive more money, so it is important to work toward receiving a fair amount the first time. An attorney can help you by studying the case and your medical reports, estimating what type of settlement offer would truly compensate you for your future health outlook.
Your Personal Injury Case and Trial
It could, but your attorney will attempt to negotiate with the insurance company for the other driver first, seeking a settlement that is fair to you. If we can come to a fair agreement without going to court, this is usually the best-case scenario for all parties involved.
However, some insurance companies will refuse to negotiate a settlement. If this happens, our team will represent your interests in a court case, standing by your side throughout the process.
Contact Us to Seek Compensation for Your Injuries
After suffering injuries in a car accident in which you were not at fault, you may find the insurance company for the other driver is contesting who is liable for the crash. The insurer may try to argue that you made a mistake while driving, meaning both you and the other driver are equally at fault, which would reduce your potential settlement.
Part of our job is to present the facts in the case to counteract the argument that the insurance company is making. We will provide evidence that you did not do anything wrong, meaning you should be eligible to receive the fairest possible settlement.
For a free case review, contact the Morris Bart law firm as soon as possible at (504) 613-4771.
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