If you or someone you care about was recently in a car accident that was caused by someone else and suffered injuries as a result, you might be entitled to pursue compensation from the negligent party. You may be able to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit about your car accident and negotiate a settlement to recover your losses, though you should also keep in mind that Louisiana’s deadline for filing lawsuits is short.
At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, we can have a personal injury lawyer work on your case and attend legal hearings on your behalf. If you live in Harvey, Louisiana, we can have a Harvey car accident lawyer manage your case. The process can begin the moment you call (504) 777-7777, which will also give you the opportunity to have a team member review your case for free. Call today.
You May Be Able to Get Compensation for Your Injuries
As a car accident victim, you may be able to pursue compensation from the at-fault or liable party to recover your losses. If you win compensation, you may be able to recover:
- Medical bills and related expenses
- Costs to repair or replace damaged property
- Income loss
- Reduced earning potential
You may also be able to receive compensation for your general pain and suffering, among other types of non-economic damages. However, these losses typically have a cap on how much you can claim. Your legal team can explain this in more detail.
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There Are Some Other Factors to Determine as You Build Your Car Accident Case
After a car accident occurs, RS Art. 32:398 mandates that involved parties must report the accident if it led to property damage valued at more than $500, injury, or death. While there are several proactive steps a person can take at the scene of the accident, sometimes involved parties are not able to obtain certain information at that time, which can be the case if they were injured and rushed to the hospital.
You and your legal team may still be able to retrieve key information to build your case.
Determine Who Was at Fault
If you were able to get the other party’s driver’s license and insurance information, this is already a good step forward. If you were unable to retrieve their information, whether because you were physically unable to or the driver left the scene prematurely, you can ask for a copy of the crash report from the local police station that recorded the accident.
If the other driver reported the accident, their information will be on the crash report. If you reported a hit-and-run accident, the police may be able to find the driver later via their own investigation.
Determine Whether Other Parties Might Be Involved
In some accident cases, there might be other parties involved, even if they were not literally involved in the accident. If the at-fault driver was working at the time of the accident (e.g., a delivery driver), then their employer might be held vicariously liable for their employee’s negligence.
Sometimes the at-fault driver is not entirely to blame for the accident. If their vehicle malfunctioned due to a faulty part, design, or manufacturing, other parties may be held liable for the accident, such as the mechanic who last worked on the vehicle or the vehicle’s manufacturer.
Also, if the car accident occurred due to poor road construction, you might be able to take action against the local municipality that manages that area of the road.
Keep Track of the Accident Date
If you have the crash report, keep note of the date of the accident, as this will be used to determine the statutory deadline for your case. CC Art. 3492 generally gives people one year to file their car accident lawsuit.
A Harvey car accident lawyer from our firm can monitor how much time you have left to file a personal injury lawsuit, though they may suggest filing a lawsuit from the start, depending on how far away the deadline is. It is better to act as soon as possible since so much can happen in a year.
Rather than risk potentially having your case get dismissed, you can call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers at (504) 777-7777, and we can start helping you take appropriate civil action against the at-fault party in your car accident.
Document What Kind of Injuries You Experienced
If possible, try to document your injuries at the scene of the accident. If they are too severe, you can record them later and refer to your medical records to determine how your injuries were upon impact.
Keeping a record of your healing process is crucial, especially if you experience complications or develop new injuries later on. These records—be they photos, videos, or written accounts—can be used as evidence for your case.
Determine Whether Anyone Saw the Accident or if There Were Cameras Nearby
Try to remember where the accident took place and consider whether cameras or individuals might have witnessed the accident. While people driving on the road might have first-hand accounts of your accident, they might not be easy to track down. However, if the accident took place near a business or residence, a surveillance camera might have seen the accident or even a person inside the building.
Your lawyer can interview potential witnesses on your behalf.
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Get a Harvey Car Accident Lawyer at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers
At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, we help our clients develop their case argument by analyzing the key details of the accident and getting evidence that supports their claims. With our background in personal injury law, we aim to serve as your legal aide and guide you on your pursuit of compensation.
If you would like some assistance with your car accident case, call our law firm at (504) 777-7777 for a free case evaluation. A member of our team can determine how one of our attorneys may be able to help you and then assign one to your case. Call today to get started.