Car Accident Lawyer in New Orleans

Recovering Maximum Compensation for Our Clients

Car accidents are frightening and painful experiences. Most accidents are exacerbated by factors such as location, weather conditions, the condition of the vehicle, and whether or not the driver responsible was under the influence of illicit or prescription medications. If you have been injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced New Orleans car accident attorney can assist you in getting justice for any type of motor vehicle accident.

The Burrell Firm, LLC in New Orleans and Ruston has been helping Louisianans receive fair and just compensation following accidents since 2015. We can help you recover funds to pay for accident-related damages such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more so that you can get your life back to normal.

Call us now at (504) 420-7575 to schedule your free consultation.

Louisiana Car Accident Laws

According to Louisiana law, motorists must report any motor vehicle accident that either:

  • Results in the injury or death of a person
  • Results in property damage of $500 or more

After getting into a car accident in Louisiana, you must make a claim with your car insurance company within a matter of days or weeks. If you choose to pursue a lawsuit, the “statute of limitations” is one year—that means you have 365 days from the date of the crash to file a personal injury claim.

Louisiana is a "pure comparative fault" state. What does that mean? It means your compensation can be affected if you are found partially at-fault for your car accident. For instance, if a motorist hits your car while they are running a run light, they will have to pay you a settlement to cover damages. However, if you were driving above the speed limit at the time of the accident, you may be found to be 20% responsible for the crash. In this case, you will receive a 20% lower settlement.

Common Car Accident Injuries

A car accident attorney in New Orleans will fight for you to get the compensation you deserve to pay for your medical bills and lost wages due to a number of injuries you may have sustained during your accident.

Head, Neck, & Spine Injuries

This encompasses all injuries from cuts and bruises on the face and scalp, to severe injuries such as concussions and brain trauma. People who have suffered injuries to their spine may have broken vertebrae, or the spinal cord itself might be damaged. Whiplash is a very common neck injury that can be mild to severe.

Injuries to Joints

Knees can be crushed from the impact of being thrust into the dashboard, and shoulders, wrists, and elbows can be severely injured from slamming into doors, center consoles, or other seats in the car.

Internal Bleeding

Seatbelts have been proven to be safe and effective for keeping people alive after car accidents, but the force of hitting them can cause capillaries in the stomach and lungs to burst, which leads to internal bleeding.

Common Types of Car Accidents

The term “car accident” can refer to a wide range of collisions from minor to fatal, and can include pedestrians, drivers, and passengers.

Rear-End Car Accidents

Getting “rear-ended” is one of the most common types of car accidents. These can range from fender-benders to severe crashes.

While in most cases the driver behind the struck vehicle is at fault, there are some exceptions to this rule:

  • Reversing without ensuring the space is clear enough to back into.
  • Having faulty brake lights. This is why you must check the lights on your vehicle and replace any that are not working immediately.
  • Baiting a tailgater to slow down. If someone is tailgating you, you must gently tap on your brakes to indicate that you will begin to slow down, and then slowly decrease the vehicle’s speed.

If you are a driver who doesn’t give at least a three-second space between you and the car in front of you, reconsider your driving habits. If you’re caught antagonizing another driver, then you may be at fault for hitting their car. The easiest solution is to move into an open lane when possible.

Left-Turn Accidents

These can occur when a driver runs through a red light and crashes into a left-turning driver who had the right-of-way. Without a left-turn arrow, drivers may also attempt to make a left turn at a green light in heavy traffic areas instead of waiting for the next round of light changes. This increases their chance of being hit by oncoming traffic.

Side-Impact Car Accidents

Sometimes these come in the form of “T-bone” accidents, where another vehicle hits the vehicle’s side. The force can push the struck car into further danger, such as into the middle of an intersection or off the road. Other forms of side-impact accidents include sideswiping, which results when a driver changes lanes without checking to make sure the lane is clear.

Rollover Car Accidents

These can occur for a variety of reasons. The first one is if a car veers off the road and hits a patch of soft ground, such as soil, causing the wheel to dig into the ground. When the driver attempts to compensate to get back on the road, the car flips over the tire that hit the patch. Rollovers can also occur when a driver is trying to avoid a road hazard and turns the car too abruptly. Other causes can be driving on a steep hill, off-road driving, and the car veering off the road and hitting a guardrail over the front tires. While these cases are rarer, they are often more fatal and dangerous than other car accidents.

A New Orleans car accident attorney who is knowledgeable and compassionate will help you recover the damages from pain and suffering, lost wages, and physical therapy and hospital bills. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help you.

Recent Results

  • $993,000 18-Wheeler Crash

    In the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the defendants offered their full policy limits of $1,000,000 minus what was previously paid.

  • $415,000 No Insurance = No Problem

    A New Orleans personal injury Plaintiff who was rear-ended by a company truck was able to settle his case just weeks after an unsuccessful mediation

  • $400,000 Company Truck Crash

    Plaintiff who treated for a fractured ankle and aggravation injuries to both the neck and back was able to secure a settlement in a very conservative jurisdiction.

  • $390,000 Prior Injuries = No Problem

    Plaintiff who treated for back and neck injuries as a result of an 18 wheeler crash was able to secure a settlement.

  • $350,000 Low Impact 18 Wheeler Crash

    A plaintiff was injured by an 18 wheeler suffering both back and neck issues as a result

  • $275,000 Uber Crash

    A New Orleans personal injury Plaintiff who was t-boned in a red light dispute was able to settle her case a week after mediation.

  • $269,000 He finally called Burrell

    After a year of going back and forth with the insurance who refused to do the right thing, they eventually paid over $19,000 more than their policy limits to settle the case prior to trial

  • $135,000 Only 10k offered to her previous lawyer

    Plaintiff retained another local advertising firm and was offered $7,950 to settle. She dropped the other law firm and retained our firm and we settled.

  • $115,000 No treatment for the first six weeks

    After being rear-ended by a company transport vehicle was able to settle his claim. Plaintiff didn’t seek treatment for six (6) weeks post-accident.

  • $110,000 Five Months Later

    Plaintiff was able to settle after only five (5) months.

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