New Orleans Car Accident Lawyers
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.
What to do After a Car Accident
Car accidents can be a traumatic experience. If you have suffered a serious injury after an accident it's imperative to take the appropriate steps to start your recovery. Once you have checked yourself and others for injuries, you should do the following:
- Seek out emergency medical attention in necessary
- Collect the other drivers’ information
- Contact the police
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident and damage to your vehicle
- Obtain eyewitness statements
- Contact your insurance company and file a claim
- Contact an trusted car accident attorney
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.
How Long Does It Usually Take to Settle a Car Accident Lawsuit?
Every car accident claim is different and the length of your case will vary on the complexity of your case. Some cases can be resolved in as little as several months. Some factors that can influence the duration are the amount of damage done, if the responsible party is fighting the claim, and many more.
More complex claims can take up to several years to resolve. It's important to work with a trusted and experienced New Orleans car accident attorney that will guide you through the legal process and fight for the compensation you need and deserve.
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.
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.
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.
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 experienced car accident attorneys in New Orleans today to learn more about how we can help you.
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