If you have been injured in a car accident and want to hold the person who caused the collision accountable, you can hire a car accident lawyer to take care of the following in your case:
- Prove the negligence that caused the accident
- Scrutinize your crash report for important details
- Build an evidence file of information that supports your case
- Establish a monetary valuation for your lawsuit
- Comply with your state’s filing deadline (known as the statute of limitations)
- Negotiate a settlement with the at-fault driver or their insurance company
Our team can also investigate and handle all the important paperwork and demands from the at-fault driver’s insurer and other parties involved in your case. You do not have to manage your case by yourself, especially when you are focused on recovering from your accident. Learn more about the benefits of working with our firm and all the things a car accident lawyer can do to assist in your pursuit of financial compensation.
You Must Prove the Other Driver Was Negligent and Caused Your Accident
Holding the at-fault driver responsible for your financial damages typically means proving that their negligence caused your accident. For example, if the driver ran a red light or was texting while driving when they hit you, they failed to exercise reasonable care while operating their vehicle. This caused a collision in which they might bear financial responsibility.
Before you seek compensation from the at-fault motorist, you or your lawyer must prove they were negligent. The elements of negligence are:
- The driver owed you a standard of care.
- They breached that standard of care.
- As a result of that breach, they caused your injuries and property damage.
- You suffered damages due to your financial expenses and losses.
If our legal team can prove these elements, it helps to establish your right to financial compensation due to negligence. The items included in your evidence file and the testimony of impartial witnesses can support your case.
Do Not Skip Over Your Crash Report—It Contains Important Information
After a car accident, Insurance Information Institute (III) guidelines recommend filing a crash report right away. Doing so will allow local police to capture information of great value to your legal team. Your crash report may contain information that identifies:
- The at-fault driver
- The driver’s insurance company
- Accident witnesses
- Accident scene details
- Apparent injuries
- Apparent damage
- Factors that contributed to the accident
Our legal team may also request copies of your medical records and bills, financial data, and car repair costs. Your crash report, along with these documents, may lead to a complete and comprehensive evidence file that proves your right to monetary recovery.
A Lawyer Can Assess Your Losses from the Accident
A car accident might lead to a pile of medical bills and related expenses from income loss to emotional trauma. As the American Bar Association (ABA) explains, if you are awarded damages, it can include compensation for the following:
- Known and anticipated medical expenses
- Known and anticipated loss of income
- Property repair or replacement values
- Lasting physical disability or disfigurement
- Physical, mental, and emotional pain and suffering
A personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you assess the value of your damages. They can also help you sort out the financial losses in your case versus the non-financial ones, such as pain and suffering or mental anguish.
We can review your medical records and prognosis to determine the value of any anticipated costs you may incur in the future due to the accident. A careful assessment of your accident-related expenses and losses may also help us negotiate a settlement on your behalf.
File Your Lawsuit on Time or Risk Losing Out on Your Financial Recovery
Your state has a mandatory filing deadline you must meet for the civil court to consider your injury lawsuit. Our team can explain the state deadlines and timeline that apply to your lawsuit and any exceptions that might alter the timeline. If you fail to comply with the filing deadline, you risk losing your chance of pursuing the at-fault driver for compensation.
Depending on when you reach out about your case, we can file your lawsuit on time while continuing to negotiate with the liable parties in your accident. At any point up until a jury reaches a verdict in your personal injury lawsuit, you and the at-fault driver might be able to reach a settlement agreement. We may file your lawsuit even if settlement negotiations have begun to ensure your right to seek compensation is preserved if a settlement agreement cannot be reached.
Let Our Car Accident Lawyers Advocate for You
If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident, you might be able to get compensation from the at-fault driver. Our team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you fight for monetary recovery, comply with all relevant laws, and meet all applicable timelines.
If you want to learn more about what a car accident lawyer does and how our guidance and direction could help you get the compensation you deserve after a car accident, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers at (337) 777-7777 today. Our firm can protect your rights and fight for your financial recovery.