Car accidents have become very common in the U.S. with over 6 million taking place annually across the country. About 3 million people are injured in such accidents every year while another 50,000 lose their lives. Most of these accidents occur due to negligence and are easily preventable. Data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that at least 98 percent of accidents are caused by distracted drivers.
These car accidents could have been avoided because the distractions include petty things like attending to noisy children, looking at the passing scenery or a signboard, fiddling with the vehicle’s stereo system or using a cell phone. If you or a dear one were hurt due to a driver like this, then you should consult a Louisiana personal injury lawyer to discuss your options. A lawyer will be able to help you understand the implications of the case.
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT
Car accidents will naturally take you by surprise; hence, it is rational and shrewd to be aware of what you must do if you find yourself in such an unfortunate situation. One of the first things you need to do irrespective of whether you have been injured or not, are to have yourself checked out by a doctor. This will help detect any injuries that you may have sustained and of which you are unaware.
The first thing to be done in car accidents is to stop since fleeing the scene will be considered a criminal offense. If someone has been injured in the accident, then calling 911 should be a priority. The next call should be to your insurance provider to file a report and also to the other driver’s insurance company. Note down information about other vehicles and persons at the scene since you may need to contact witnesses later on. Talking to them and saving their information and what they have to say can be pivotal later on.
INCREASE YOUR ODDS – HIRE AN ATTORNEY
Your lawyer should also conduct a thorough independent investigation into the accident and interrogate these witnesses to find evidence to support your claim. The situation may be more complicated if the accident involves multiple vehicles since claims will have to be made from various insurance providers. You must also refrain from speaking to any insurance adjuster or representative before consulting with your attorney since anything you sign or state may be used against you later on by the insurance company.
DAMAGES AND COMPENSATION
Each state has different laws related to claiming compensation for car accident victims. In most states, past and future medical costs, rehabilitation expenses, property damages, as well as non-economic damages such as pain and suffering can be claimed. Punitive damages may also be sought in some states especially in cases where there has been a fatality.
However, car accident insurance coverage varies from individual to individual and in the event the defendant has minimal coverage you may not be able to recover all the costs related to your case. This will have to be claimed from the defendant’s assets and a qualified lawyer will be able to assist you in the matter.
CALL A QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL
Superlative and dedicated attorney Price McNamara handles car accident cases across New Orleans, Kenner, Lafayette, Mandeville, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Jefferson, Orleans, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, and St. John Parishes. If you think that you have a basis for a personal injury claim, or have been hurt or injured due to someone’s negligence or fault, call Louisiana personal injury attorney Price McNamara at his Baton Rouge office (225-201-8311) or his Metairie office (504-458-8455) to have your queries answered or to schedule a free consultation. His extensive trial experience of over 20 years, proven track record and limited caseload philosophy ensure that you will obtain excellent personal attention and a patient hearing on a consistent basis.