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Motor vehicle accidents, including car crashes, motorcycle accidents, large truck collisions, and accidents involving Lyft and Uber vehicles and public transportation, are a leading cause of accidental injury and death in Louisiana. In fact, the 997 Louisiana highway deaths in 2021 exceeded the previous high-fatality mark (993) set way back in 2007.
“The fact that there are an average of three deaths per day on Louisiana highways is unacceptable,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “If travelers would obey the traffic laws, wear their seatbelts, and be patient with one another, we could see these numbers go down considerably.”
The Lamothe Law Firm has helped countless motor vehicle accident victims obtain the justice and compensation they deserve after a collision or crash. If someone else’s negligence injured you, the skilled legal team at the Lamothe Law Firm can help.
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Leading Causes of Louisiana Car Accidents
Car accidents occur for myriad reasons, not all due to another’s negligence. However, negligence is involved in many injury accidents. Some of the most common causes of crashes in Louisiana include:
- Distracted driving.
- Reckless driving.
- Fatigued or drowsy driving.
- Impaired driving.
Distracted driving has always been a problem, but it’s skyrocketed since the advent of cell phones. More than 3,100 traffic-related deaths are caused by distracted driving every year, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
It’s also important to note that distracted driving includes more than just texting and cell phone use. Eating, drinking, applying makeup, talking to passengers, and even daydreaming can create dangerous distractions.
“We consistently stress to everybody the dangers of distracted and impaired driving and the importance of seatbelts, but we have to do better,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. “Having nearly a thousand fatalities on the road in a year is inexcusable, unacceptable, and frightening, especially when the vast majority of them are preventable. There is not one parish in the state that did not witness at least one accident. We have to do better, Louisiana; it’s everyone’s responsibility.”
Common Injuries in Louisiana Car Accident Cases
The type and severity of injuries depend mainly on the accident’s circumstances. But all accidents — even minor ones — have the potential to cause serious, debilitating, or even fatal injuries. Some of the most common motor vehicle accident injuries include:
- Deep wounds and lacerations.
- Bone fractures.
- Spinal injuries.
- Traumatic brain injuries.
- Soft-tissue damage.
- Damage to internal organs.
- Internal bleeding.
If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, it’s in your best interest to seek immediate medical attention, even if no serious injuries are apparent. Certain serious injuries, including internal bleeding and soft-tissue damage, can take days or weeks to produce symptoms.
What to Do If You're Involved in a Car Accident
If you are involved in a collision and can safely do so, ensure everyone is safe and vehicles are moved out of the path of oncoming traffic. Then, use the tips below to ensure your safety and support your claim if you bring a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party or parties.
- Call 911. Having police on the scene will ensure everyone’s safety and result in an official police report, which can be invaluable to an injury claim.
- Stay silent. Other than asking if everyone is ok and exchanging insurance and contact information, do not discuss any details of the accident with anyone on the scene. Even innocent statements such as “I’m sorry” can come back to bite you in a car accident lawsuit.
- Take pictures. Photograph any visible injuries or anything that may have contributed to the accident, such as a blocked stop sign or the other vehicle’s skid marks.
- Seek medical treatment. Some injuries don’t produce immediate symptoms, so seek medical attention even if you don’t have visible injuries.
- Contact a Louisiana car accident lawyer. Call the Lamothe Law Firm today for a free and confidential consultation about your case.
Damages in a New Orleans Car Accident Case
The damages you are awarded will depend largely on the severity of your injuries and the extent of property damage, but some of the most common damages in motor vehicle accident cases include:
- Medical expenses, current and future.
- Lost income, current and future.
- Vehicle repair expenses.
- Emotional pain and suffering.
- Wrongful death
Although economic damages, such as medical bills and lost wages, are easier to calculate, non-economic damages, such as emotional pain and suffering, often comprise much of the total award. This is especially true in accidents involving serious injury and death.
Despite the circumstances surrounding your auto accident, it is in your best interest to seek immediate legal counsel. Insurance companies are notorious for low-balling accident victims who come to the table without representation. They know how vulnerable you are and how badly you need that settlement check. Without an attorney by your side, you could throw away thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. Contact a New Orleans auto accident attorney today.
Contact a Louisiana Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been injured in a collision due to the negligent or careless actions of another, the skilled car accident team at the Lamothe Law Firm can help. We have an impressive track record of obtaining large settlements, and we will fight tirelessly to get you the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation about your case.Contact Us Today