The average settlement for a car accident while pregnant depends on the specifics of the case. For example, the amount may depend on the severity of the accident and injuries and the amount of blame you may share for causing the accident.
A car accident attorney from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you fight for the compensation you are owed after you or your loved one gets hurt in one of these accidents. Let us take on your case and advocate for you during this challenging time.
Factors That Can Affect Your Overall Car Accident Settlement
The extent of your injuries and losses affects the amount of money you can expect from your settlement. The more severe your case, the more expenses you can demonstrate, the more you can recover through a claim or lawsuit. You can potentially recover both economic and non-economic compensatory damages after you get hurt in a car accident while pregnant.
Economic damages are meant to compensate for your financial losses due to your injuries. Some common economic damages include the following:
- Doctor’s bills
- Medication costs
- Hospital stays
- Surgery costs
- Medical device costs
- Physical therapy
- Vehicle repair costs
- Transportation costs
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident
You can also recover non-economic damages meant to compensate you for things like your physical pain and mental suffering. If you lost your loved one in a car accident, you can also recover non-economic damages for your own suffering due to their passing.
How Contributory Negligence Can Affect Your Settlement
According to CC §2323, Louisiana has a contributory negligence statute. This means the amount you can recover from a lawsuit depends on the amount of responsibility you have for causing the accident and injuries.
If your negligence contributed to the accident, this does not mean you are barred from recovering damages. As long as your lawyer can show that the party you are suing was more at fault than you were, you can still win damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
This is why it is important to work with a lawyer who will investigate your accident to uncover any evidence of negligence on behalf of the other driver. If your lawyer can present evidence that shows the other driver demonstrated risky driving behavior that resulted in your accident, this can help your case and possibly win you a greater settlement.
Types of Negligence in Car Accident Cases That We Can Help You Seek Damages for
There are various negligent driving behaviors that can put someone at fault for an accident. Below are some of the more common types.
Drunk and Drug-Impaired Driving
Drunk or drug-impaired drivers lack the reflexes, perception, and judgment skills needed to keep themselves and others around them safe. Drug impairment can come with illegal drug use as well as prescription medication or over-the-counter medication use.
Drowsy and Fatigued Driving
Drivers who have been traveling for a long time or who did not get enough sleep the night before may become drowsy. Fatigue dulls the senses and reflexes you need to drive safely. Some drowsy drivers may even fall asleep behind the wheel.
Distractions are anything that takes a driver’s attention away from the road. Distracted drivers can miss other vehicles or pedestrians because they were occupied with something other than driving safely.
With the rise of smartphones, technological distractions are all around us. Texting, calling, web browsing, looking at a GPS or digital map, or changing the song on your streaming service can all be potentially deadly distractions.
Aggressive driving behaviors include speeding, running traffic lights and signs, weaving in lanes, tailgating, and road rage behaviors. This kind of driving recklessly puts others on the road at risk.
Aggressive drivers may not see situations on the road or may not be able to respond in time to avoid a collision. Speeding drivers can cause serious accidents because of the force and speed behind their vehicles, taking what would otherwise be a minor accident and making it potentially deadly.
Louisiana’s Statute of Limitations Can Affect Your Case
Per CC §3492, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is generally one year from the time of the accident. The same amount of time is given to file a wrongful death lawsuit beginning the date of your loved one’s death, according to CC §2315.2.
Since your time is limited, we encourage you to act now. The sooner you get in touch with us, the sooner we can begin protecting your rights and fighting for the compensation you deserve.
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