AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS ATTORNEYS IN BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in an auto accident, a Corpus Christi car wreck attorney at Herrman & Herrman is prepared to move into action. Connect with us as early as you can after the accident so that we can collect and preserve the evidence that will support your case.
Car Accident Claims FAQs
How long after my accident do I have to file a lawsuit?
It is in your best interest to contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident. Evidence needs to be collected and preserved. Witness statements should be taken while the incident is fresh in the minds of the witnesses. Furthermore, the law imposes a time limit for filing a personal injury claim (known as a statute of limitations). In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, it is two years from the date of the accident.
When you work with our firm, we are prepared to investigate your accident to determine who was at fault and to aggressively pursue a claim for compensation against the responsible party. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation with no obligation.
What damages can I recover in a car accident case?
Each car accident is different. You should consult with a knowledgeable car accident attorney to find out what damages you may be able to recover from the negligent party responsible for your accident and injuries. Depending on the circumstances in your particular case, among other losses, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Punitive damages (in some cases)
Punitive damages are designed to further punish the defendant for wrongs committed, in addition to compensation for the victim’s losses. These types of damages may or may not be allowed, depending on what the driver did or failed to do that caused the accident.
What is negligence in a car accident case?
The driver had a duty
That duty was breached
The breach of duty caused the accident and injuries
Damages were suffered as a result.
If the driver failed to use ordinary care – the level of care that a reasonable person would have used under the same circumstances – a breach of duty occurred. While operating a motor vehicle, we all have a duty to use ordinary care for the safety of other motorists.
The following are some examples of ways that drivers can be negligent:
Following too closely
Driving too fast
Driving too slow
Failure to yield the right-of-way
Failure to obey traffic signals or signs
Driving in an impaired state
Distracted driving, such as texting or talking on cell phones.
What types of compensation can I recover?
If you have been seriously injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another driver in Baton Rouge, Louisiana you may be entitled to seek compensation for your medical expenses, physical pain, mental anguish, any disfigurement caused by scarring or loss of limbs, reduced ability to earn income, or loss of marital relations.
When should I hire an attorney after a car accident?
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim after a car accident in Baton Rouge, Louisiana?
Every state sets time limits for filing a lawsuit if you have been injured in an accident. If you have been injured in a car accident in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, law allows two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation. Because of the amount of time it takes to investigate an accident and prepare a lawsuit, it is important to contact a knowledgeable accident lawyer as soon as possible.
How much does it cost to hire a car accident attorney?
Does my attorney deal with the insurance companies?
How will I pay my medical bills if I can’t work after a car accident?
In serious injury cases, Dathan Hill Law, we can provide loans to clients to cover their living expenses while we pursue personal injury claims on their behalf. We also provide a pharmacy discount card to clients to help reduce the cost of their prescription medications. Our accident attorneys are committed to helping clients get back on their feet after a serious accident caused by negligence. Call to see if your case qualifies.
What if I was partially at fault? Am I eligible for compensation?
Yes, you may still be eligible to receive compensation even if you were partly at fault, but it may reduce the amount you can recover. Baton Rouge, Louisiana applies a modified comparative fault rule to personal injury cases in which multiple drivers are at fault. If the court finds that you are partly at fault, you may still be eligible to recover damages as long as you are no more than 50 percent at fault. The amount of compensation that you would be eligible to recover would be reduced by a percentage equal to your degree of fault. For example, if a court found that you were 25 percent at fault for an accident and the court awarded $100,000 in damages, you would be eligible to receive $75,000.
The driver who hit me doesn’t have insurance. Can I still file a claim?
If the at-fault driver who hit you does not have auto insurance, you may file an insurance claim on your own uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) motorist policy. The Louisiana Department of Insurance requires that UM/UIM coverage must be offered as part of every automobile liability policy sold in Louisiana to protect drivers from damages caused by motorists who do not have insurance. Unless you specifically declined UM/UIM coverage, it is likely that your auto insurance policy protects you from damages caused by uninsured and underinsured drivers. If your insurance company disputes your uninsured motorist claim, have our experienced car accident lawyer review your accident to determine if we can help you.
My child was injured in a car accident caused by the teenaged driver he was riding with. What can we do?
TYPES OF AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS IN BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA THAT WE HANDLE
There are various types of driving behaviors that put innocent people at high risk of injury or death. The most common negligent driving behaviors include:
Drivers who refuse to adhere to posted speed limits are responsible for many injuries and deaths in the Corpus Christi area. The inability to control the vehicle due to high speed is particularly dangerous for other drivers sharing the road.
Drivers who are texting, talking on a cellphone, eating, or simply not paying attention to the road ahead put other drivers and their passengers at high risk of injury or loss of life.
We have access to some of the most respected professional accident reconstruction experts to call on when it is necessary to get the case moving in the right direction.
People who are aggressive while behind the wheel often tailgate other vehicles, weave from lane to lane, speed through intersections, and engage in other dangerous driving behaviors.
A driver who has consumed alcohol may weave from lane to lane, speed, drive the wrong way on streets or highways, or fail to stop at red lights or stop signs, leading to an impact that often has tragic consequences for innocent people.
Texting while driving is illegal, but many people continue to engage in this dangerous practice, particularly younger drivers. Texting while behind the wheel is exceptionally dangerous as it involves all three types of driver distraction: cognitive, manual and visual.
Many of the accidents in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area occur on the highways
Car accidents and truck accidents involving dangerous road conditions can occur because of the poor surface condition of a road, improper design, lack of adequate marking or signage, inadequate guardrails, vegetation blocking sightlines, or poor traffic control in work zones.
It is estimated that about 20 percent of the drivers in Louisiana are currently uninsured. The number of underinsured drivers is far higher. When an uninsured or underinsured driver causes an accident, it will be necessary to seek compensation through your own auto insurance company.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A VEHICLE ACCIDENT
- Call 911 to contact police and emergency services.
- Do not move your vehicle off the roadway unless the accident is a very minor fender-bender.
- Take pictures of the collision with your cell phone, as well as any skid marks that are visible.
- Gather names, addresses and phone numbers of any eyewitnesses.
- Get contact data and insurance data from the other drivers involved.
- Note down the time, place and exact location and anything you remember about the accident if possible.
- Never admit fault.
- Do not agree to any settlement offer from an insurance company without discussing it with a car accident attorney first.
- Call the automobile accident attorneys at Dathan Hill Law for help.
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CONTACT A BATON ROUGE
AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
Contact our dedicated automobile accident attorneys at Dathan Hill Law for help. You want the experience of our attorneys on your side. The quicker we start working on your case, the better able we will be to protect your rights to seek full compensation. Contact us at 225 – 224 – 6412 for a free initial consultation.