Side-impact collisions can be especially dangerous. Only a door and a window may separate vehicle occupants from the impact of the car that strikes them.
If you were hurt in a side-impact collision in New Orleans, you do not need to face the aftermath of your accident alone. While you focus on your recovery, a New Orleans side-impact collisions lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to help you fight for compensation. Our firm manages personal injury insurance claims and lawsuits on behalf of our clients. We also handle wrongful death cases.
Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (504) 777-7777 for a free case review with a member of our team. We may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis.
Causes of Side-Impact Collisions
Many reckless or negligent driving actions can result in a side-impact collision. Some of the common causes of these types of accidents may include:
Failing to Yield
Failing to yield the right of way can lead to side-impact collisions. When a driver fails to yield, they can either collide with another vehicle or be hit themselves.
Running a Red Light or Stop Sign
Running a red light or stop sign can cause a side-impact collision if another vehicle is already in the intersection.
A speeding driver may enter an intersection faster than other drivers expect, causing a collision. They may also crash into another car if they are driving too fast to stop in time.
Distracted driving can cause drivers to run a red light or a stop sign. Drivers can be distracted by their cell phones, radio, food, or passengers in their vehicles.
Other violations of traffic law can cause a side-impact collision, as can drunk or intoxicated driving. Sometimes, these accidents may be due to a mechanical failure that prevents a car from stopping.
A New Orleans side-impact collisions lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can investigate your case to determine if and how another party’s negligence caused your accident when we represent you.
For a free legal consultation with a side-impact collisions lawyer serving New Orleans, call (504) 766-3527
Possible Side-Impact Injuries
Side-impact collisions can be extremely dangerous. The following injuries may occur in this type of accident:
Cuts and Bruises
When your vehicle is impacted on the side, the door windows can break, causing shattered glass. This glass can cause cuts and scrapes. The jolting of the vehicle can cause minor to severe bruising as well.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are common car accident injuries. Another vehicle’s sudden impact can cause the passenger’s head to hit the door, dashboard, or seat, which could result in a TBI.
Back and Spine Injuries
The back or spine may suffer broken bones, fractured disks, or pinched nerves in a side-impact collision.
Ligament tears in the shoulders, knees, wrists, or other areas of the body may occur in a side-impact collision.
Bones in the extremities can fracture in a car accident. Ribs may be broken too, which could lead to further internal injury.
Sadly, some people suffer fatal injuries in side-impact collisions. If your loved one passed away in this type of accident, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers offers you our condolences. We may be able to help you and your family pursue compensation for wrongful death damages if another party’s negligence caused your loved one’s fatal accident.
For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (504) 777-7777.
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Damages You May Be Able to Recover
Depending on the details of your accident and your injuries, the potentially recoverable damages may include:
Side-impact accidents can cause serious damage to vehicles. If a vehicle is hit hard enough, it may be unable to be repaired. Vehicle repair or replacement costs may be awarded in this type of case.
All current and future accident-related medical expenses may be recoverable. This may include emergency treatment, therapy, rehabilitation, and more.
Loss of Income
You may be able to recover compensation for the time you missed at work while you were recovering. A severe injury can also force you to change careers, especially if you have a physical job. If your income level permanently decreased because of your accident, you may be able to recover compensation for reduced earning capability as well.
Pain and Suffering
The mental and physical pain you have gone through from your accident may also be recoverable damage in a personal injury case.
Wrongful Death Damages
If you are filing a wrongful death lawsuit, a different set of damages may be available to you. These may include funeral and burial costs, pre-death medical care, loss of wages, and more.
The Statute of Limitations in Louisiana
Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492 imposes a general one-year statute of limitations on personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in Louisiana. Missing this deadline could mean that you lose your right to sue the responsible party for your damages.
A representative of Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you understand the specific deadlines that apply to your case during your initial consultation. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can start working on your case.
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Contact Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Today
A New Orleans side-impact collisions lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can handle all communications, deadlines, and legal work in your case when we represent you.
Call us today at (504) 777-7777 for a free case review with a member of our team.
If you qualify, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payments required. In this arrangement, you only pay us attorney fees if and when you win your case and recover compensation via a settlement offer or court award.