If another car causes you to crash, they may be liable for your damages even if their vehicle didn’t collide with yours. Recovering compensation in this type of accident may require you to identify:
- The other car
- Its driver
- How their action led to your crash
Identify the At-Fault Car and Driver
A personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you identify the driver and prove that the at-fault driver, not you, is responsible for your financial damages. Proving the cause of your car accident may start with the details of your police-generated car accident report. This report may note these important facts that allow your lawyer to prove fault and liability on your behalf:
- The sequence of events leading up to the crash
- The sequence of impacts of each involved vehicle
- Points of impact on each involved vehicle
- Witness statements and observations
You may also want to collect additional helpful information right at the scene of the accident, including photos that depict damage, paint transfer, and the position of each car or other fixed object involved in the accident. These important and impartial details are part of why we recommend calling the police to the accident scene and completing a car accident report.
Understand the Impact of Comparative Negligence
Per Civil Code §2323, Louisiana is a comparative fault state. This means that any degree of fault you had for the accident might impact any financial compensation you might be awarded. For example, if you were found to be 10% at fault for a car accident, your potential compensation might be reduced by a corresponding 10%.
It might be easier to prove fault in a typical two-car accident than in one where another car caused you to hit another car, person, or object. Our law firm is familiar with comparative fault laws and might be able to help you prove that another driver caused your accident and is responsible for your expenses.
Verify Your Financial Expenses and Losses
Our law firm can help you determine the precise monetary amount of financial expenses and losses you can request from the at-fault driver. Your lawyer can also use this number as a guideline during settlement negotiations. In general, you might be entitled to recover:
- Medical care to date and anticipated medical care
- Income loss to date and anticipated income loss
- Property repair bills or property replacement estimates
- Physical, mental, and emotional pain and suffering
To prove your right to recover these damages, your lawyer can request your medical bills, mechanic’s bills, and recent paychecks. Your lawyer can also request your medical records, including prognosis statements, to prove your physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Make Sure Your Lawsuit Is Filed on Time
Filing a civil lawsuit means meeting specific deadlines. In Louisiana, Civil Code (CC) §3492 sets a general one-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits. If you do not meet this filing deadline, you may be prohibited from compelling the at-fault driver to cover your accident-related costs.
Your lawyer can explain the timelines in your case and help you meet any applicable filing deadlines.
Paying Your Lawyer
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers works on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning our clients don’t pay us attorney fees unless they win their case. No payments are required upfront in this arrangement. We can provide you with more details on our payment structure and what type of compensation you may be eligible to receive during your initial consultation.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Can Help You Fight for Compensation
A car accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can take care of all aspects of your insurance claim or lawsuit. For a free case review with our client intake team, call us today at (337) 777-7777. The sooner your reach out to our team, the sooner we can start working for you.