The attorneys at Gaar Law Firm have seen the terrible results of car accidents every year. Many Lafayette residents receive grave injuries like spinal cord and brain injuries, as well as fractures, all due to car accidents. Sometimes the car accident victims even succumb to their injuries. In such cases, many victims and their family members often consult personal injury attorneys in order to initiate a personal injury lawsuit against an insurance company or an uninsured driver.
Louisiana traffic rules are established and implemented to ensure the safety and security of the people on the road, including drivers, vehicle passengers and pedestrians. Careless driving not only puts the life of the driver in danger, but it also puts the lives of other drivers and passengers in danger as well.
After decades of research, experts know that most people who are involved in car accidents are within just five miles of home. This is true across the country, including in Louisiana. Studies also show that most car accidents are avoidable, and they are the result of negligence by one or more drivers.
Every Louisiana resident should be aware of their responsibilities if a car accident is caused by their mistake or negligence. A little care on the part of the driver committing the accident can help save lives and minimize damages.
Car accidents happen for various reasons, including poorly maintained roads, debris-ridden roads or even traffic violations and excessive speeding by car drivers. Car accidents may result in fatalities, too. Louisiana authorities reported that nearly 49 percent of car accidents resulting in the death of a victim were caused by alcohol consumption.
Louisiana has comparative negligence laws in the state when addressing claims following an auto accident. This means that the fault of the driver in an accident can be assessed anywhere between zero to 100 percent. For instance, if there is a chain reaction of three cars involved in an accident, the first car could get 75 percent fault for the damage from the second car's insurance company, while the third car assumes 25 percent of the fault. This same rule would apply to all the vehicles involved in such a collision. However, this is not a default rule, and the situation can get complicated in certain car accidents.
A person involved in a car accident may not be in the correct state of mind to get all the details related to the accident to report to his or her insurance company. Louisiana State Police crash reports play an important part in the transmission of accident information. This accident report has details of all the people involved in the accident, as well as their addresses and insurance details which can be helpful if litigation is pursued by a victim for compensation.
Car accidents are on the rise in the U.S., including Louisiana. Although transportation and police departments conduct road safety awareness campaigns, not all accidents can be avoided. Therefore, the Highway Safety Research Group, working in conjuction with the Louisiana Transportation Department, has developed the LACRASH software.
Many people may have heard the term "negligence" mentioned in relation to car accident liability or liability for other types of accidents that cause injury or death. Because liability for harm is based on negligence, some may wonder what negligence refers to. Negligence refers to the failure to use the ordinary amount of care a reasonable person would use in any particular circumstance to prevent harm to others.
Whether they know it or not, Louisiana residents risk their lives every time they drive. While cars are generally safe, other drivers often pose serious safety hazards to drivers on the roadways. In particular, there is a large risk car accidents caused by drunk drivers.