Louisiana Automobile Accident Attorneys
Representing Injured Victims and Defendants in Personal Injury Claims Arising from Car Crashes
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 2.4 million people injured in motor vehicle crashes during 2015. Car accidents are a daily occurrence in Louisiana and the surrounding states that are capable of causing extremely serious injuries, many of which can leave victims with long-term medical problems or even permanent disabilities.
When car accidents are caused by the negligence of others, state law typically allows victims to recover compensation for their injuries, including their medical bills, lost income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. Consequently, it is critical for people who are injured to retain an attorney to protect their legal rights and ensure that they receive compensation for the losses they have sustained.
What Causes Car Wrecks?
Car accidents can happen for a number of reasons. What is most important for victims of car accidents is that when they are the result of negligence, victims are usually entitled to compensation. Generally, negligence occurs when a person fails to use the degree of care that would ordinarily be exercised by a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances. Some examples of conduct that would likely be deemed negligent that have the potential to result in car accidents include the following:
While these examples show how another driver could be negligent, it is important to keep in mind that car accidents can be caused by other parties as well. For example, your accident could potentially be caused by the negligence of the manufacturer of your vehicle or of the state agency or private party responsible for the road on which your accident took place. For this reason, you should always have an attorney review your case, even if there were no other vehicles involved.
Determining Fault Often Requires Significant Investigation
As an accident victim, it is important to understand that determining who was at fault often requires significant investigation and you should not simply accept the insurance company’s version of events without question. When you retain an attorney, he or she will thoroughly investigate your claim and determine whether any evidence of negligence exists. In some cases, this will require a careful examination evidence such as your vehicle, the scene of the accident, medical records, vehicle maintenance records, surveillance footage that may have captured your accident on video, the other vehicle or vehicles involved, cell phone records, or eyewitness testimony. It may even require the assistance of an accident reconstruction expert that charges hundreds of thousands of dollars for his or her services.
Fortunately, when you retain an attorney to represent you after a crash, he or she will conduct this investigation on your behalf and cover any up-front costs associated with determining the cause of your accident. Best of all, if you do not recover compensation, you will not owe anything in legal fees.
Representing Defendants in Car Accident Cases
As attorneys, we recognize that each case has two (or more) sides, and all parties to an accident deserve quality legal representation. In addition to our work with people who have been injured in car accidents, we also represent defendants in car accident cases and their insurers. We strive to minimize liability and take the time to fully investigate whether the plaintiff’s own negligence caused or contributed to the accident. If it did, it can result in a significant reduction in liability under Louisiana’s corporate negligence law.
We are committed to resolving personal injury claims in the most cost-effective way possible, and pursue alternatives to litigation including mediation, arbitration, and settlement. If, however, it makes sense to litigate a case, we are fully prepared to take a case to trial. We are qualified to represent individuals, corporations, municipalities, or any other party facing a tort claim stemming from an auto accident.
Contact Hudson, Potts & Bernstein Today to Speak with a Louisiana Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been involved in a car accident and are either seeking compensation or trying to minimize or avoid liability, it is critical that you retain an attorney as soon as possible. The assistance of an attorney can have a significant impact on the way that your case is resolved and could mean the difference between paying or receiving a six-figure settlement or award – or even more.
At Hudson, Potts & Bernstein, we are committed to providing effective and solution-oriented car accident representation and are equally comfortable at the negotiating table and in court. We do everything we can to resolve our clients’ legal issues are resolved as favorably as possible. When we are on the defense side, we work hard to control costs, and on the plaintiff’s side, we are committed to pursuing the largest possible settlement or award. To schedule a free consultation with a Louisiana car accident attorney, call our office today at 1-318-388-4400 or send us an email through our online contact form.