Delayed Injuries after a Car Crash

When a person is involved in a car accident, their focus is usually in recovering from injuries. Serious injuries, though, don’t always appear immediately after a car accident. Some injuries may take days, months, and even years before appearing. A car accident can be a stressful event and in stressful situations, the body produces adrenaline and endorphins. These chemical reactions can mask the immediate pain and delay recognizing the extent of serious injuries The body’s natural healing mechanism also adds time to discovering injuries. For example, when the body tries to heal itself, it rebuilds tissue and attacks infections. This natural reaction can cause swelling and inflammation. The swelling or inflammation, however, doesn’t begin until much later. Also, the traumatic

2020-03-13T14:56:53+00:00February 29th, 2020|

How to Obtain a Police Report After a Car Accident

One of the most important pieces of evidence to provide your insurance company or to build a strong personal injury case after a car accident, is the police report. The police should be contacted after any car accident so that they can offer help, direct traffic if vehicles cannot be immediately moved, and obtain statements from the drivers, passengers, or any other witnesses. The police report is a critical piece of documentation for any insurance investigation or lawsuit. Obtaining a Police Report The police officer who arrives at the scene of the accident will take down all the information and interview all appropriate parties. In some cases, depending on the nature of the car accident, the police report may be

2020-03-02T09:18:48+00:00February 25th, 2020|

Proving A Car Accident Negligence Claim

Negligent driving can include not being vigilant, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distracted driving, driving while texting, disobeying traffic signals or laws, being out of control of the vehicle, not using a vehicle’s safety features, or simply failing to use normal care and caution while operating a motor vehicle. Understanding how to prove a car accident negligence claim can help you determine if you have a strong case to receive compensation for your damages and your injuries. Proving Negligence There are four elements you must prove in a car accident negligence case in order to attempt to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Contacting an experienced personal injury attorney

2020-01-14T14:32:33+00:00December 13th, 2019|

Common Spinal Cord Injuries Car Accident Victims May Sustain

Some severe car accidents can cause catastrophic injuries to drivers and passengers. Some of the most common injuries include spinal cord injuries that can be permanent and life-threatening. The following are the most common spinal cord injuries suffered after serious car accidents by victims. Whiplash The most common form of spinal cord injuries suffered in a car accident are whiplash injuries. While the focus of the impact is on the neck, whiplash can also affect the spine. In fact, many victims will experience several spinal cord injuries simultaneously which can exacerbate their whiplash injuries. Some victims suffer from chronic whiplash which is a permanent and lifelong injury that causes both physical and emotional distress. Herniated Disc and Ruptured Discs Discs

2020-01-14T14:29:15+00:00December 3rd, 2019|

What to Do After a Hit and Run Accident

Within the State of Louisiana, hit and run accidents are widespread and common. Each year, more than 22,000 accidents in Louisiana are hit and run accidents causing property damage, injuries, and fatalities. If you were involved in a hit and run accident, you experience all of the suffering and stress of a typical car accident, compounded by a profound sense of injustice that you may not have a driver from whom to receive compensation. Before making any decisions, here is what to do after a hit and run accident. Seek Safety and Call the Police If you were in an accident, you may be disoriented and unsure of your next steps. Make sure to move the car from the roadway

2020-01-14T14:28:00+00:00November 23rd, 2019|

What Are Secondary Car Accidents?

While there are many different ways a car accident can occur, the initial accident between two or more drivers is typically considered a “primary” accident. These accidents can lead to “secondary” car accidents, caused as a direct result of the initial, primary car accident. Secondary car accidents can be just as catastrophic, causing injuries, property damage, and even death. Secondary Car Accidents A secondary car accident is one that occurs as a direct or indirect consequence of a previous accident, known as the primary accident. These secondary accidents typically happen shortly after a primary accident, and in the near vicinity of the primary accident. According to the Federal Highway Administration, up to 20 percent of all traffic accidents are secondary

2020-01-14T14:25:57+00:00November 13th, 2019|

How Car Accident Laws in Louisiana Differ from Other States

Some Louisiana laws relating to car accidents are very different from other states. Understanding Louisiana law can help you understand your rights if you have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence. Direct Action Louisiana is a very unique state in the sense that it allows an injured party to directly name an insurance company in a court case regarding a car accident. This significant difference in Louisiana law allows victims to often receive more compensation as the judge or jury knows that there is an insurance company, rather than an individual, to compensate the injured party. Oftentimes a judge or jury may be sympathetic to a negligent driver and issue smaller judgments. However, if an

2020-01-14T13:55:52+00:00October 23rd, 2019|

Car Accident Settlement Process in Louisiana

A settlement is a legal term used to define any agreement between two or more parties that avoids or drops a pending lawsuit and instead awards compensation out of a court setting. Knowing the settlement process in Louisiana can help you understand your rights and what your next best steps should include. Steps Before Settlement Before the settlement process can proceed correctly and legally, certain steps must occur to ensure that the victim is eligible to receive compensation for damages and injuries. The following steps need to be taken before the settlement process can begin. Report the Accident to Police. Reporting a car accident in Louisiana is the important first step in the process. Contacting the police will establish an

2020-01-14T13:57:10+00:00October 13th, 2019|

Car Accident Compensation Laws in Louisiana

If you were injured in a car accident in Louisiana, you should know the rights you have to compensation under the laws of the state. Contacting an experienced car accident attorney can help you with the complicated, yet important, legal concepts such as comparative negligence and the determination of fault. The laws regarding Louisiana car insurance are complicated; however, understanding the basics can help you determine your next steps. Car Insurance Laws in Louisiana Louisiana allows an injured party to directly name an insurance company in a court case regarding a car accident. As Louisiana is considered a direct action state, it is important to understand the car insurance laws that relate to car accidents. Louisiana car insurance claims are

2020-01-14T14:00:04+00:00October 3rd, 2019|

Who is Liable When You’re Injured in a Rideshare Crash?

In the last few years, ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have exploded in popularity throughout the U.S. It’s impossible to visit the airport or any neighborhoods with bars or restaurants, without running into multiple cars with a rideshare logo in their window stopped at the curb with their hazards flashing, dropping off or picking up riders. But for all the convenience offered by these services, studies of traffic accident statistics following the expansion of Uber and similar services indicate that ridesharing may be increasing the number of collisions and other accidents on the road.   Traffic Accidents on the Rise as Rideshare Services Like Uber Increase Nationwide Ridesharing Accident Statistics In October 2018, a groundbreaking study was published on the

2019-11-15T20:41:21+00:00August 10th, 2019|