The vast disparity in size and weight between motorcycles and the vehicles they share the road with means many motorcycle accidents result in serious injuries for the motorcyclist. If you find yourself in this situation and don’t know how to put the pieces back together, a New Orleans motorcycle accident attorney from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers could help you get properly compensated for your injuries and damages.
Many people find motorcycles freeing and fun to drive, but the lack of protection they offer can have life-changing consequences when an accident occurs. If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident in New Orleans, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help.
A New Orleans motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm can manage all aspects of your insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit while you focus on healing from your injuries and rebuilding your life. You can learn more about your legal options during a free consultation with our team. We can represent you on contingency with no upfront payments required to get started.
You May Be Able To Recover Damages For Your Orleans Parish Accident
If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident, you probably have many questions. You may want to know what types of compensation you could be entitled to after a motorcycle accident that another party’s negligence caused. The kinds of injuries you endured and how those injuries impacted your life will play a role in how damages are calculated.
Motorcycle Damages Fall Into Two Categories
In all, depending on your accident’s circumstances, you could seek compensation for the damages that have a dollar amount (economic) and those damages that do not (non-economic). Examples of economic damages in a personal injury lawsuit include:
- Medical expenses: If you went to the emergency room after the accident, or if your injuries require any sort of short-term or long-term treatment, you likely have medical expenses. Both current and future costs of medical care may be recoverable in an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
- Lost wages and benefits: If you missed work because of the accident or your injuries, your past and future lost wages may be recoverable. You could also be reimbursed for sick time or vacation time you lost.
- Property damage: If you had to get your motorcycle repaired or replaced after your New Orleans-area accident, or if you had to rent a vehicle to get around while waiting for your own to be fixed, you could request payment for this also.
All these injuries can be proven with receipts, invoices, pay stubs, timesheets, or other documentation. If you experienced mental or physical hardship because of the accident, you may qualify for non-economic damages. Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering if you were physically or mentally injured in the crash
- Disfigurement if you have scars that will never heal and/or permanently affect your ability to use the injured area
- Disability if you will never be as physically or mentally able as you were before your injuries
- Loss of enjoyment of life if you cannot do everyday activities without difficulty because of your accident injuries
These damages are largely subjective, which makes it challenging to set a dollar amount for them. Still, our attorneys know how to calculate these damages accurately, taking that task off your hands. Non-economic damages take several factors into consideration, such as the discomfort and pain the victim experienced. How long the person needs to recover and increased difficulty in daily living are also considered.
Laborde Earles injury was great for me they took care of me very fast and professional. If for any reason I need legal help they will be who I use.Client
Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Who Know How To Fight And Win
If you think you will be better off with legal representation after a motorcycle accident, you are probably dealing with a lot of uncertainty. You may not know how you’re going to pay your bills. You may not know when you can go back to work again.
The attorneys on staff here at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers have more than 350 years of combined experience fighting for people just like you. More importantly, our team has recovered millions of dollars in damages for our clients. When we take your motorcycle accident case, we’ll dedicate ourselves to fighting as hard as we can for you.
Going the extra mile for our clients is a part of how we do business. We genuinely want you to be well and make a full recovery after your motorcycle accident. Our attorneys know the more we can recover for you, the more likely it is you will make a full recovery from your motorcycle accident.
Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Care About You
When clients come to us after a motorcycle accident in New Orleans, we know they’re in a serious situation. They need understanding, compassion, and most importantly, someone who will fight for their best interests in their time of need. Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers is part of the New Orleans community, and when a community member is in need, we step up.
You aren’t just a case or file number to us. You are someone who trusted us to help solve one of the biggest problems you will ever face in life. So, when we take cases, nothing makes us happier than hearing positive testimonials from our clients after the case closes. If we take your case, we’ll do all we can to earn a glowing testimonial from you.
I thank God for Digger & David. I don’t know what we would have done if it hadn’t have been for them.Rick Smith | Client
Wrongful Death Lawsuits In Louisiana
Some motorcycle accidents result in fatal injuries. If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, we are sorry for your loss. We may be able to help you pursue a wrongful death action to recover different types of economic and non-economic damages, such as:
- Compensation for funeral bills
- Pre-death medical care
- Loss of companionship
You can learn more about what damages may be available to you in a free case review with our car accident team today.
The reassurance from Digger and his staff gave me that renewed hope that it’s going to be okay down the road.Client
How Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Can Help You
A motorcycle accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers will fight on your behalf when we represent you in New Orleans.
Here is a snapshot of the services our team provides for the clients we represent:
We Will Build A Strong Case For You
No matter how compelling your story, the liable party’s insurance company may not offer you compensation without evidence of their client’s liability and the extent of your damages. One of your lawyer’s first jobs is to investigate every aspect of the case. They can collect evidence, like medical records and witness testimonies, to back up your story.
A potential outcome of our investigation is the identification of all liable parties. If there are non-driver parties – for example, the manufacturer of a defective car part – who contributed to the crash, we may be able to find them and pursue them for compensation as well.
We Will Communicate With Other Parties In Your Case, Including The Insurance Company
Once you become our client, we will represent you in all meetings and communications with the liable party and their representatives. If anyone tries to talk to you about your case or offer you a settlement, you can tell them to contact us and let us know right away. This protects your rights and helps you avoid any issue you may have with them trying to use your statements to reduce the value of your claim.
We Negotiate For A Fair Settlement On Your Behalf
The liable party’s insurance company may have a lawyer fighting for their interests. Instead of confronting them alone, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers will represent you at negotiations. We can also review all settlement agreements and evaluate their fairness.
We will continue to counter-offer and remain in talks with the insurer using proven negotiation techniques until we reach a settlement or it becomes apparent that the other party will not make a fair offer.
We Will Go To Trial For You
If negotiations hit a standstill, you typically have the option of going to trial. Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can represent you and present all the evidence we have gathered to a judge and jury. We will ask the jury to award appropriate compensation based on the documented damages you incurred.
Most cases do not need to go to court, but our trial attorneys will file a lawsuit and represent you at trial if this is necessary based on the facts of your case and our experience with similar accidents.
They treated us like no other people would. Whenever we needed something they were there for us. I put my trust in them and I don’t regret it.Client
You Have One Year To Pursue Legal Action In Your Accident
If you are thinking about suing the party responsible for the damages from your accident, you generally have one year from the accident date to do so, per CC Art. 3492. This deadline set by state law is called the statute of limitations, and it is the legal time limit to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit, you also have only a year, per CC Art. 2315.2.
If you do not act by this deadline, you may be unable to recover compensation via a lawsuit. If you think there are exceptions that could affect your case’s timeline, consider calling our New Orleans office for a case evaluation so we can discuss the matter further.
For example, you may have much less time to notify the liable party of your intention to sue if they are a Parish employee who was on the job at the time of the crash or a representative of another government agency.
Proving Liability And Negligence In A Motorcycle Accident
Before you can hold the other party accountable for damages, you must prove how their negligence brought you harm. You may be able to collect awards if you can show how the motorist engaged in negligent driving behavior that caused your accident. Such behavior can include:
- Distracted driving (e.g., talking on a cellphone while operating a vehicle)
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Driving while tired or drowsy
- Weaving while in traffic
- Violating established traffic laws
It is important to know that we generally only have to prove that the driver violated a traffic law to seek a payout. Documenting contributing factors, such as driving while distracted, only strengthens the case. This means that we can hold a driver responsible for your expenses and losses if they ran a stop sign, even if the evidence to support a distracted driving charge is lacking.
The same is true of drowsy driving and many other contributing factors. Our attorneys know what is necessary to win money damages for our clients and will take the necessary steps to build the strongest case possible based on the available evidence.
You Can Hold Parties Liable In “No-Contact” Motorcycle Accidents
Vehicle-to-vehicle contact is not the only way traffic accidents happen. You may be able to recover damages if you can show how the liable party negligently caused your accident, even if they did not directly hit your motorcycle. This kind of crash is called a “no-contact” accident.
While the driver does not hit the motorcycle directly, their actions can put the motorcyclist in a compromising situation, causing them to make decisions that lead them to injury. Driver actions that can cause a no-contact collision include:
- Making sudden or unsafe lane changes that do not give the motorcyclist time to react appropriately
- Running a red light
- Drifting in and out of a traffic lane
- Cutting the motorcycle off as it tries to merge onto or off a roadway
These cases are often more challenging to prove, but we will take the evidence available and develop a strong argument for compensation when possible.
Proving Negligence Is The Injured Party’s Responsibility
Your evidence will need to prove the driver of the other vehicle is responsible for your accident. We will review your documentation to see how it can help us build the strongest case for you. This evidence can include:
- A police report
- Eyewitness accounts
- Video surveillance from a business or home that recorded the accident
- Dashboard camera video
- Expert witness testimony, such as from an accident reconstructionist
- Photographs of the accident scene
- Your relevant medical records
- Damage to each vehicle
We can help you collect evidence in your case to show the driver owed you a duty of care. Breaching a duty of care means they failed to take precautions that another motorist would have under the same circumstances. We can also show that as a result of the accident, you suffered damages that should be compensated.
What Happens If You Are Partially At Fault For Your Accident?
You could still pursue damages in your case if you are partly responsible for your accident. Louisiana’s comparative fault law, outlined in CC Art. 2323, says you can still seek and recover damages from the other party regardless of the percentage of fault you share.
However, your percentage of fault will be deducted from the award you recover. For example, if you are found 40 percent responsible for the accident, you will receive only 60 percent of your compensation.
We can discuss what the Louisiana comparative fault law means based on the facts of your case. If you are concerned about how your level of fault could affect your potential settlement, we can explain your options.
What If The Driver Hit You And Left The Accident Scene?
The police may eventually determine the identity of the driver who hit you on your motorcycle before fleeing the scene. Witness statements or footage from a surveillance camera could offer clues in this scenario. We can take steps to help you figure out the identity of the liable party.
Filing a police report is important so that the incident is on record. If no one is found, it can be impossible to hold the offending party accountable. However, we can help you file a claim with your insurance provider if you have uninsured motorist or underinsured motorist coverage that can help you recover damages in this case.
Get Prompt Medical Care After Your Motorcycle Accident
If you were in a New Orleans motorcycle accident, get medical help as soon as you can. This is perhaps the most important thing you can do for yourself after an accident. Getting medical help can ensure swift treatment and help prevent complications from your injuries. It can also create a medical record you can use in your lawsuit, should you choose to file one.
Once your injuries are stable and you have a plan in place for treatment, consider your legal case for compensation. We may not file your claim until we fully understand your prognosis, or you reach maximum medical recovery, but we can get started with a free consultation and investigation.
How Do You Know What Your New Orleans Motorcycle Accident Case Is Worth?
Every motorcyclist has their own individual financial and health situation at the time of their accident. That means every motorcycle accident will affect an accident victim’s health and finances differently. So, if you’d really like to know how much your case may be worth, we must gather information from you first.
That’s why we offer free case evaluations. Simply reach out to our office and a team member will discuss the facts surrounding your motorcycle accident case with you. After we get a full picture of your accident-related bills and monetary losses, we should have enough information to give you guidance as to the potential value of your motorcycle accident case.
Our Lawyers Want To Make A Difference In Your New Orleans Motorcycle Accident Case
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers is dedicated to serving the New Orleans community. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, we would be honored to represent your case. We genuinely want to make a difference in your life by fighting as hard as we can for your right to compensation after an accident. Please don’t hesitate to call us.
Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Today
You can focus on your recovery when you partner with a motorcycle accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers on your case. We work on a contingency-fee basis, so we do not collect attorney fees unless and until you recover compensation via a settlement or court award. As such, there are no upfront payments required in this arrangement.
For a free, no-obligation consultation on your case with a team member, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers. We will review the details of your accident and determine if we can represent you.