Louisiana allows rear-end accident victims who suffered injuries to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver. You may be able to recover money for your medical care, property damages, emotional distress, and more. In most cases, our firm can secure an out-of-court settlement, though we are not afraid to fight for our clients in court.
A New Orleans rear-end collisions lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm will review the facts of your case today at no cost to you. If you hire us to represent you, we will fight for your rights and pursue compensation for your damages.
Seeking Fair and Just Damages for a New Orleans Motor Vehicle Accident
Louisiana law permits victims to pursue compensation through an auto liability insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. If you were hurt in a crash, these laws may allow you to recover compensation to pay for your expenses and losses.
When you seek legal support from the Morris Bart law office in New Orleans, we can:
- Investigate your crash case
- Gather evidence to prove negligence and liability
- Document your accident-related damages
- Estimate the value of your case
- File your claim and attempt to negotiate a fair resolution
- Handle all communications with the insurance company
- Protect your right to seek compensation
- Offer advice as we guide your case through the claims process
- Hold the at-fault motorist accountable for their careless or reckless behavior in court, when necessary
We could secure financial recovery to pay for your accident-related damages through this process. Our goal is to help you reach a fair settlement agreement without having to go to trial so you can move on with your life as quickly as possible. However, if we cannot recover a just settlement, we will file a civil lawsuit and represent you to the jury.
You can expect our legal team to keep you updated on the development of your case and help you navigate through all proceedings. We will ensure you always know what to expect and can trust that we have your best interests in mind.
For a free legal consultation with a Rear-End Collisions lawyer serving New Orleans, call (504) 613-4771
Damages Often Available in a New Orleans Rear-End Collision Case
We seek financial recovery on behalf of our clients. Securing compensation is usually possible by filing an insurance claim or taking the case to trial and arguing for a court award.
The damages our attorneys seek during this process include the losses and expenses the client endured due to the accident and its aftermath. Examples of economic damages – losses with a specific monetary value – include:
- Current and future medical treatment expenses
- Related care costs
- Current and future lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damages
Additionally, we seek non-economic damages for our clients through this same process. These are more abstract losses that do not have tangible value. They may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of consortium
- Permanent disfigurement
- Decreased quality of life
Fatal Rear-End Accident Cases
In some cases, the victim passes away before beginning the legal process. When this occurs, wrongful death damages for the surviving family members may be available. You may qualify to file this type of legal action under La. Civ. Code Art. 2315.2 if a member of your immediate family passed away from the injuries they sustained in a collision.
Our accident attorneys can help you understand how this type of claim works and navigate the process on your family’s behalf if you qualify.
Our Firm Serves Car Accident Victims Across Louisiana
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a New Orleans East rear-end crash, our attorneys are ready to help 24/7. We are located at:
Pan American Life Center
601 Poydras Street, 24th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70130
If you were hurt in this type of collision elsewhere in the area, we also serve:
- Belle Chasse
- Saint Bernard
Counting our New Orleans office, we have 15 locations serving communities across the Gulf South. This includes all areas of Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi. We are a contingency fee law firm that charges no upfront fees and only receives attorney’s fees if we recover compensation for our clients.
Causes of Rear-End Collisions in Orleans Parish
Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents. While many are relatively minor, some can cause significant injuries or even loss of life. Whiplash, broken bones, brain damage, and other serious injuries are possible.
Distracted driving contributes to many of these collisions. In 2019, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that distracted driving played a role in:
- 9 percent of fatal crashes
- 15 percent of injury accidents
- 15 percent of all police-reported collisions
In addition to distracted driving, other causes of rear-end accidents include:
- Following too closely (tailgating)
- Congested traffic with frequent braking
- Aggressive driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Fatigued driving
- Brake failures and other mechanical problems
- Not exercising caution in inclement weather
Who Is Liable for a Rear-End Collision?
In most cases, the driver of the rear car is liable when a rear-end collision occurs, although there are some rare exceptions. For example, if the driver in front of you suddenly slammed on their brakes without cause, they may be held responsible for the collision.
A crash report that highlights the details of the collision, per the guidelines of La. Rev. Stat. 32:398, may play a crucial evidentiary role in your case. The police officers who respond to the scene will detail what happened and offer various facts in their report.
If you suffered injuries in this type of accident and choose to work with us, our legal team will obtain a copy of the accident report and other evidence to support your insurance claim. This document can help us establish the positioning of the vehicles and other critical details.
Louisiana Limits the Time You Have to Act
New Orleans car accident victims generally have one year from the date of their accidents to pursue legal action, as La. Civ. Code Art. 3492 mandates. Some factors may alter this time limit, though, such as the ages of those involved in the accident and who is liable.
Your New Orleans car accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can explain the statute of limitations in your case. If you do not file a lawsuit before this deadline arrives, it could bar you from taking your case to court and recovering fair compensation.
To avoid this situation, we recommend that all auto accident victims connect with our law firm as soon as possible after their injuries stabilize. We can review the case the same day you call and get started right away.
Talk to Our New Orleans Rear-End Collisions Lawyer
A rear-end collision attorney from the Morris Bart law office in New Orleans can review the facts of your accident today. We may be able to file an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf, seeking compensation for the damages you suffered.
Questions?Call (504) 613-4771
to find a Morris Bart office near you.