To get a police report for a car accident in New Orleans, Louisiana, you can visit the City of New Orleans website and request a copy from the New Orleans Police Department. You will have to provide specific information about your accident and pay a small fee.
If you plan to seek damages from the liable party, our team can obtain the police report for you. When one of our attorneys represents an accident victim, we handle every aspect of their case. The initial case assessment is free and confidential.
A Police Report Can Help You Seek Compensation After an Accident
According to LA Revised Statutes 32:398, car accidents in New Orleans East and other communities throughout the state must be reported to the proper authorities if they involve:
- More than $100 in property damage
- Any injuries
- Any deaths
The responding authority must then generate a report that includes information about the people involved, the location of the crash, and so on. The authorities are also obligated to provide a copy of the report for a small fee (generally between $5 and $20). If presented as evidence in a lawsuit, the police report of your accident can help prove that:
- The accident really happened.
- The liable party was involved in the accident.
- The accident caused the economic and non-economic damages that you say it did.
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A Car Accident Lawyer is Waiting to Help with Your New Orleans Case
If you are thinking of suing or filing a claim against the driver who hit you, a copy of the police report is one source of evidence among many that could prove your right to compensation. A car accident lawyer from our firm may be able to find such evidence on your behalf. We can also:
- Advise you of your rights: The lawyer we assign to your case will make sure you fully understand what your rights are and how to preserve them throughout the legal process.
- Tell you who to sue: By investigating your accident and collecting all available evidence, our team can figure out who the liable party is and how much you can seek from them.
- Manage all paperwork and communications: You do not have to fill out any forms or speak directly with the liable party.
- Negotiate a settlement: When it is time to sit down with the insurance company and work out a deal, we will fight vigorously for the money you need.
- Arrange a trial: Our team will schedule the trial dates, locate witnesses to testify on your behalf, and present your case in the courtroom.
- Answer your questions: The law can be confusing. Whenever you are unsure of something or need clarification, we will be happy to help.
You Could Be Eligible for Damages After a Car Accident
If your accident left you with physical injuries or mental scars, you may be eligible for non-economic damages. Examples of such damages include:
- Scarring: Your injuries will never heal entirely, leaving you with scars that affect you physically or emotionally.
- Disability: You lost one or more body parts due to your injuries, or you lost the use of those body parts.
- Pain and suffering: The injuries negatively impacted your physical or emotional well-being.
- Reduced quality of life: You need help completing essential tasks, such as dressing yourself or your children, or you have had to give up unnecessary but pleasurable activities, such as playing sports.
If your accident caused you financial hardship, you may be eligible for economic damages. Examples include:
- Loss of wages: You could not work while your injuries healed. If your injuries prevent you from ever working again, you may qualify for “loss of employment.”
- Loss of earning capacity: You can still work, but you have had to cut back on working hours or switch to a job that pays less than your old one.
- Repair bills: You had to take your car to a mechanic for repairs, or the vehicle was damaged beyond repair, and you had to buy a new one.
- Medical bills: Your injuries required surgery, hospitalization, medication, X-rays or other tests, homecare, or other medical intervention.
Damages for a Loved One’s Untimely Death
If you lost a loved one in the accident, you may qualify for other damages. These may include both economic and non-economic damages like:
- Loss of companionship: Your loved one was an invaluable, irreplaceable source of affection and guidance.
- Funeral bills: You paid to lay your loved one to rest according to their final wishes.
- Loss of financial support: Your loved one’s income helped keep you and your family afloat.
Get Started on Your Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has suffered a car accident in or near Orleans Parishor elsewhere in Louisiana, the Morris Bart law firm team can help you collect evidence, including getting a police report for your car accident. We want to fight hard for appropriate compensation for your damages. Call us at (504) 613-4771 for a free case assessment.
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