According to the Center for Analytics & Research in Transportation (CARTS), New Orleans had 6,238 motor vehicle accidents that resulted in injuries in 2019. The city also experienced 40 motor vehicle accidents that led to a fatality, 16 of which were caused by alcohol.
If you or your loved one was injured in a car accident, you may be eligible to pursue compensation from the party or parties responsible for causing the collision. If your loved one passed away from their accident-related injuries, you may also be eligible to file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit on their behalf.
A New Orleans car accident lawyer and their team may handle an insurance claim or lawsuit aimed at securing you any compensation you might be entitled to collect. Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (504) 777-7777 for a free consultation about how we may serve you or your loved one.
Dangerous Driving Behaviors Can Lead to Car Accidents
At any given time, the roads of New Orleans may be filled with motorists who are:
- Intentionally reckless
- Unintentionally careless
- Driving unsafe vehicles
Road and weather conditions may also affect motorcyclists, motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians on or near the roads of New Orleans, potentially leading to a car accident.
Motorists have a duty to abide by traffic laws and practice safe driving behaviors to prevent accidents from occurring. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists some of the many ways that a motorist may endanger themselves and others, such as:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Driving while fatigued or drowsy
- Driving while distracted
Motorists may also be held liable for an accident if they run a red light, change lanes without signaling, make dangerous turns, or engage in some other behavior that increases the risk of a collision. They may also be held responsible for what they do not do, such as failing to properly secure items to their vehicle or failing to check their tires for pressure and wear and tear.
Non-Motorists May Also Be Liable for Your Accident
In some cases, an accident may not be a motorist’s fault. For example, if poor road conditions caused a car accident, the at-fault party listed may be a municipality. Louisiana has been criticized for having “some of the worst roads in the country,” according to the Shreveport Times. Your lawyer may account for road conditions to build your car accident case.
Other potentially liable parties in a car accident may include a vehicle manufacturer, a parts manufacturer, and a mechanic. An employer might also be held responsible for the actions of their employee if the employee caused an accident while working. The American Bar Association (ABA) explains that this sort of liability for other people’s actions may apply to a personal injury lawsuit, referred to as strict liability.
Every car accident in New Orleans is independent of others, so seeking compensation for your losses may require careful consideration of the facts of your collision. Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (504) 777-7777 to learn more about how a New Orleans car accident lawyer can help you pursue compensation after an accident.
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How Your Lawyer May Seek Compensation for Your Damages
A lawyer may handle two types of actions in the aftermath of a New Orleans car accident:
- An insurance claim
- A lawsuit
If pursuing an insurance claim is appropriate in your case, your lawyer can protect you from any attempts by insurance companies to violate your rights. Those companies may have an interest in you receiving as little compensation as possible, so they may try to:
- Offer you a quick settlement for less than what you might be entitled to receive
- Explain that holding out for a larger amount of compensation could result in a longer, more complex process
- Attempt to hold statements you made against you
- Dispute your account of the accident
Your lawyer may protect you from these tactics by limiting your communication with insurance companies to the greatest extent possible. They may negotiate a settlement on your behalf and be prepared to bring a lawsuit if insurance settlement negotiations fail.
A Lawyer Can Initiate a Lawsuit for You
If you are unable to secure compensation through insurance, bringing a lawsuit may be the next step. In some cases, you may forego the insurance process and initiate a lawsuit as your primary way of seeking compensation.
Your personal injury lawyer may have experience handling car accident-related lawsuits. They may be familiar with relevant laws, deadlines, procedures, and even the court system where your lawsuit will be handled.
Your lawyer and their team may handle as much of your case as possible, which may include:
- Determining the value of economic and noneconomic losses you suffered
- Calculating the cost of a loved one’s passing if applicable
- Gathering, analyzing, and organizing evidence
- Interviewing witnesses to your accident
- Hiring one or more experts to recreate your accident
- Handling all lawsuit-related paperwork
- Documenting your injuries and medical treatment
- Negotiating a settlement
- Protecting your rights throughout the legal process
Choosing to have a lawyer and their team handle your lawsuit means you do not have to worry about seeking compensation on your own. Rather, you may focus your energy on recovering from your injuries, helping a loved one recover, or coping with the loss of a loved one.
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Let Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Manage Your New Orleans Car Accident Case
The time after a car accident can be stressful, particularly if you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident. A New Orleans car accident lawyer may reduce your stress by taking on the process of pursuing compensation for your losses.
Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (504) 777-7777 for a free consultation.