The majority of all car accidents can be avoided if every car driver acts in a safe manner. Unfortunately, not every driver follows the exact protocol. If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Causes of Louisiana Car Accidents
During 2016, there were over 1,100 fatal car accidents throughout the state of Louisiana. This represents the highest number since 2008, as the number of fatal accidents has steadily increased since 2009. The accidents are caused by a variety of reasons, including:
- Driver distraction
Louisiana enacted laws in 2011 aimed at reducing the number of distracted drivers on the roadways. Drivers have always been susceptible to distraction by food, passengers, or events outside the vehicle. However, in the day of smartphones, driver distraction has doubled as drivers now text, Facebook, and manipulate their GPS while driving. Louisiana, therefore, enacted a complete ban on texting while driving. Additionally, drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to use a cell phone for any reason while driving, including hands-free devices.
Compensable Damages in Car Accident Claims
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to bring a claim for damages against the negligent party. These damages may include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Louisiana is a comparative negligence state. This means that if you are found to be a percentage at fault for the accident, your total damages may be reduced by this percentage. For example, if your total claim is $50,000 and you are found to be 10 percent at fault for the accident, your total damages will be reduced by $45,000.
The Insurance Company is Not on Your Side
Insurance companies will also attempt to coerce a settlement with the victims of car accidents. Louisiana law requires that every driver carry insurance to cover up to $20,000 for a victim’s expenses. An insurance company will often work to get a settlement with an injured person shortly after the accident to close the case. However, often the settlement will not cover all expenses to come in the future. An insurance company will not be able to predict the ongoing medical care and treatment which a victim might face in future years.
The attorneys of Jones & Hill have years of experience in handling car accident claims and can assist you throughout this process. It is important to consult with our attorneys as soon as possible after the accident since the limitations period of one year begins tolling the day of the accident. If you wait too long to bring a claim, you may lose your ability to recover any amount from the negligent car driver.
How Jones & Hill Can Help
Our attorneys will carefully examine all facts of your case, including the police record, eyewitness accounts, and any outside data which might be helpful, such as onboard car computers. We will handle all aspects of the claim and assist in getting you back to a sense of normalcy after your accident. Contact our Oakdale or Oberlin offices today for your initial free consultation.