The lawyers at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess are experienced at handling car and other motor vehicle accident claims and cases in the Baton Rouge region. We have successfully handled complex cases from the insurance claims level through trial and appeal. Determining who was at fault in an auto accident means figuring out who was negligent, and thus responsible for causing the accident. Failure to use reasonable care while operating a motor vehicle constitutes negligence. A finding of negligence is often based on:
- Failure to obey traffic signs or signals
- Failure to signal when turning
- Careless driving
- Failure to follow the speed limit
- Driving a car under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Talking on a cell phone while driving
- Texting while driving
- Distracted driving
- Car accidents caused by defective or recalled vehicles
- Car accidents at dangerous intersections
- Violation of some other law
COMMON MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT RELATED CLAIMS:
- 18-Wheeler Accidents/Truck Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Uber Accidents
- Commercial Vehicle Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- ATV Accidents
- Hit and Run Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- SUV Rollover Accidents
COMMON MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT RELATED INJURIES
Auto accidents caused by drunk drivers may also lead to claims against bars for dram shop violations. Collisions caused by hit and run drivers can still lead to claims, even if the driver of the car who caused the crash is not identified.
Car accidents can also result from faulty construction of roads, tunnels, embankments, exits, and lighting. If the roadway is defectively designed or improperly constructed, the designers or builders may be liable for the personal injuries they cause. Builders can also be responsible for construction accidents to drivers, including roadway debris, inadequate safety, improper road markings, and loose construction materials.
While car crashes comprise a significant portion of personal injury and wrongful death claims, it would be wrong to think that they are always simple to resolve. They often involve extremely complex issues of evidence and insurance law, which is what the lawyers at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess specialize in.
If you have been injured in a car, truck, tractor trailer, motorcycle or other motor vehicle accident as a driver, passenger, bicyclist or pedestrian, and it was the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover monetary damages for pain and suffering, payment or reimbursement of reasonable medical expenses incurred or which will be incurred in the future, and lost wages.
Brief Introduction to Louisiana Insurance Law. What’s Covered?
Medical Bills: If you incur medical expenses due to an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for those medical expenses directly related to the accident.
Lost Wages: If you lose money because of your inability to work due to your injuries, you may be entitled to collect your lost wages, usually based on your average weekly wage.
Bodily Injuries and Wrongful Death: You may be entitled to compensation for injuries, including scarring, pain and suffering, permanent or partial disability, and loss of ability to enjoy life. Wrongful death claims are also compensable under Louisiana motor vehicle laws.
Insufficient Insurance: If the person who caused your injuries does not have insurance, or inadequate insurance to cover your damages, you may be entitled to collect uninsured or under-insured coverage from your own automobile policy or a family member’s automobile policy.
What to Do When You Have a Car Accident
If you have been involved in an automobile accident, or injured as a pedestrian:
- Obtain as much information as possible about the vehicles involved, as well as names, addresses and telephone numbers for drivers.
- Request the names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses.
- Make sure police are aware of any traffic violations that the operator may have committed.
- If you are injured, get medical attention as soon as possible.
- Promptly notify your insurance company about the accident.
- Obtain photographs of vehicles, injuries and accident location.
- Contact a lawyer promptly to determine your legal rights.
Choosing a Louisiana Car Accident Lawyer
Your legal rights need to be protected after a car accident. You should hire an experienced car accident attorney to evaluate and handle your case. Immediate action may be required to preserve all of your rights. All motor vehicle accidents in Louisiana are governed by a Statute of Limitations. Some accidents also have shorter notice provisions which may be very strict.
If you feel you have a car accident case, it is vital that you act immediately to protect your rights. Please call us at 225-922-4416, or toll free at 1-877-234-7573, or use our contact form to send us an e-mail. Get your free legal consultation today with the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess.