If you or someone you love was hurt in a distracted driving accident in New Orleans, you are not alone. The personal injury lawyers at the Morris Bart law firm represent accident victims in the greater New Orleans area. To find out what options you may have for recovering your losses after a distracted driving accident, call the Morris Bart law firm at (504) 613-4771. We offer a free, no-risk consultation for victims of distracted driving.
Distracted Driving Facts and Statistics
Every day in the United States, an estimated nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured due to distracted driving. These accidents can be the result of a driver texting, talking on the phone, eating, changing the radio station, or turning to look at a passenger while driving. In fact, anything that causes the driver to take their attention off their driving is a distraction that could cause an accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), when you take your eyes off the road for just five seconds while driving 55 miles per hour, you have traveled the length of a football field without looking. The results of distracted driving can be deadly. The NHTSA reports that 2,841 people were killed in accidents involving a distracted driver in 2018.
For a free legal consultation with a Distracted Driving Accident lawyer serving New Orleans, call 800-537-8185
Pursuing Legal Remedies After a Distracted Driving Accident
The exact damages you may be able to recover as a result of your accident will depend on the specifics of your case. Some common types of damages that victims can recover include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future wages if you cannot return to work
- Pain and suffering
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Property damage
If your loved one died as a result of the injuries they sustained in an accident caused by a distracted driver, your family may be entitled to:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Benefits and wages previously provided by the deceased
- Medical costs left to the family to cover
To learn about the potential for compensation in your case, contact a New Orleans distracted driving accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm today at (504) 613-4771.
Types of Injuries that Occur in Distracted Driving Accidents
There are numerous injuries that may result from distracting driving accidents, including:
- Broken bones: These injuries can be extremely painful and require lengthy healing periods. Certain types of breaks can also create a possibility of long-term complications.
- Spinal cord injuries: These injuries can cause a loss of sensation or mobility below the site of the injury. Victims may require assistive devices like wheelchairs after this type of injury.
- Internal bleeding: Trauma to the body from a car crash can cause severe bleeding, which in turn can cause organ failure, seizures, coma, and more.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs): TBIs are caused by a blow to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Severe cases can impact memory, movement, sensation, or emotional functioning.
If you experience any personal injuries as a result of your accident with a distracted driver, it is important to be seen by a doctor as soon as it is safe to do so. Any documentation that links your injuries to the accident could be used as evidence in your case.
Laws that May Impact Your Personal Injury Claim
There are two laws that you should be aware of that could impact your personal injury claim against a distracted driver:
Statute of Limitations
The state of Louisiana places a one-year limit on the amount of time you have to pursue compensation after a car wreck. This means you must file your claim within one year of the accident, or you will generally be barred from pursuing any kind of compensation. There may be exceptions to this one-year limit in certain cases. A personal injury attorney serving New Orleans can help you determine the specific deadlines in your case.
Comparative fault is a law designed to allocate damages when both parties involved in an accident are found to be somewhat at fault. This means if you are found partially responsible for the accident that caused your personal injuries, any damages you are awarded will be reduced by the degree of liability. In other words, if you are found 20% responsible for the collision, any money you are awarded will be reduced by 20%.
How a New Orleans Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer Can Help
We understand how overwhelming it can be to even think about pursuing legal action while you are still recovering from your car accident injuries. That is why our team is here to help. Some specific ways we can help are by:
- Answering your questions and offering legal guidance.
- Gathering evidence like police reports, video surveillance, and eyewitness statements.
- Hiring an accident scene reconstruction expert to help determine liability.
- Gathering medical records, bills and receipts, and doctor’s statements to calculate your economic losses and the cost of your pain and suffering.
- Working with medical experts to learn more about the future implications of your injuries and ongoing treatments you may need.
- Negotiating with the insurance company or defendant’s lawyer to reach a fair settlement.
- Fighting for your rights at trial if a fair settlement cannot be reached.
the Morris Bart law firm works on a contingency-fee-basis. That means we are only paid if we are successful in your case. It also means there are no out-of-pocket costs for you to start receiving our help in your personal injury case. For a free, no-risk consultation, contact the personal injury law firm of the Morris Bart law firm at (504) 613-4771 today.
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