New Orleans is a historical city, rich in cultural references. It is also one of the most dangerous cities in the state of Louisiana for car drivers and their passengers. Every year, thousands of auto accidents occur on the streets of New Orleans, resulting in fatalities and people with severe injuries. If you or a loved one was involved in a traffic accident caused by someone else's negligence, a personal injury attorney at Wright & Gray law firm.
We have the experience and dedication to help you file accident claims and negotiate them with the responsible party's insurance company. If we cannot reach an acceptable agreement, we are ready to represent you in a personal injury lawsuit and ensure that you win a fair financial compensation, including both economic and non-economic damages.
Before the COVID pandemic, in 2018, New Orleans was included on a list of the most accident prone cities in the US. In the meantime, the number of major car accidents and related motor vehicle crash deaths has decreased. However, both the state of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans continue to register a high number of auto accident injury crashes.
Here are some data collected from the 2019 Louisiana Traffic Records Data Report prepared by the Louisiana State University and commissioned by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
Across the state of Louisiana in 2019 there were:
This shows that a major accident can have severe negative impacts on everyone on the road, not only car drivers.
For the parish of Orleans (and the city of New Orleans), the LSU Data Reports indicate:
Unfortunately, as a detailed National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics report shows, in 20019 44 people lost their lives in the Orleans Parish, a 7% increase from the previous year. At state level, 727 people lost their lives in a fatal crash in Louisiana.
The detailed LSU Data Reports also focus on the leading causes of car crashes in New Orleans. Below, we will present these causes in decreasing order:
Distracted drivers caused almost 14% of all major car accidents in 2019. The most common form of distracted driving is texting and driving. Many drivers use their mobile phones, although safety advocates and law enforcement agencies warn that any moment of distraction from driving can cause a tragedy.
Failure to yield is a frequent traffic violation caused by negligence or driver impairment. 8.88 percent of drivers involved in a major accident in Louisiana caused it due to failure to yield. In this situation, the accident victims can be pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycle riders or other car drivers and their passengers.
Failure to maintain a safe distance from the car ahead can cause rear-end crashes. It is even more dangerous in bad weather conditions, such as wet or slippery roads, when the car takes a longer distance to come to a full stop.
Drunk drivers believe they are in full control of the vehicle, but it is not true. A drunk driver has reduced reflexes and reduced ability to process information. Drunk driving is illegal in the state of Louisiana, thus, an at-fault driver may be deemed to have acted with gross negligence. This means that the injury victim may be eligible to receive punitive damages.
Aggressive driving accidents are most likely to cause severe accident with fatalities. Tailgating and speeding are two common examples of aggressive behavior of drivers in traffic accidents. In this case, the driver at fault may be found guilty of gross negligence, not only failure in their duty of care.
Over the years, our accident law firm has prepared many collision insurance claims for accident victims. Many of them were involved in a major car accident, resulting in severe injuries, such as:
They usually required long and expensive medical treatments, and some would need ongoing physical therapy, life care and assistive devices (wheelchairs, walking frames, etc.). However, even accident victims who suffered minor injuries spent time in hospital and accumulated bills for their medical treatment.
The Civil Code of Louisiana art. 2323 states that being partly at fault for your car accident does not make you ineligible to request damages from the fault party. However, the settlement amount you win shall be reduced by the percentage of responsibility you have for your accident.
Although the law is clear and simple, the reality after an actual car crash can be very complex. Many people do not manage to recover a fair amount of monetary compensation, because they made some errors of judgment. Here is what you should do in order to maximize your chances to receive a fair settlement amount:
You should call the police and ambulance. Unless you have a medical emergency, you should not leave the accident scene until the law enforcement authorities arrived to prepare the police report. Give a truthful account of what happened, but do not acknowledge guilt or offer apologies.
You should request contact and insurance details from all the parties involved in the accident. Also, take photographs of the accident scene and identify any eyewitnesses and ask for their contact details. In case of a hit and run accident, try to write down every detail you can remember about the other car. A few days later, you may forget an essential element that may help identify the fault driver.
The other party's insurance company will send an adjuster while you are in hospital, attempting to get you to sign a settlement agreement. This is usually a very small amount, which will not cover all your financial losses. Do not sign anything and do not make statements to the insurance adjuster. They may be recorded and used against you later.
While you are recovering, refrain from posting status updates, photos or videos on your social media accounts. Insurance companies frequently monitor these accounts to find any piece of evidence proving that you are not as hurt as you claim.
A personal injury lawyer knows how to negotiate with big insurance company. They prepare a solid case containing unshakeable evidence, such as:
Most insurance companies do not want to end up in court. But even if they do not accept a fair settlement amount, experienced car accident attorneys can win your personal injury lawsuit.
At Wright & Gray Personal injury Law, we know how devastating a car accident can be for the victims. They suffer physical pain and emotional distress. They are worried about the mounting hospital bills and the fact that their regular income has stopped coming in.
We will make sure that all your financial losses are accounted for and included in your claim, together with the compensation you deserve for pain and suffering. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you don't have to pay any upfront fees. Contact us now for a free case review: 888-912-4944.