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Louisiana accident victims need to take crucial early steps

When a person is injured in an unexpected accident, many are not prepared for the short and long-term of what lies ahead. Usually serious injuries are a concern along with property damage that can really put a dent in the finances.

For those who are victims in a car accident, serious injuries and vehicle damage often suffered in such instances can be life-threatening and detrimental to the injured party and their loved ones. This is why it is so important for Lafayette families involved in car accidents to take early steps in hopes of receiving reparations for the wrongs of negligent drivers.

Immediately following an accident, it is most important to seek medical attention for any injuries suffered in the accident. After that necessity is out of the way, there are priorities the injured party should seek in order to prove the negligence of the driver.

First, evidence that uncovers cause and helps point to who caused the accident should be collected. This can come in the form of witness testimony, police reports, medical bills or photographs of the incident or injuries suffered.

Since personal injury claims are subject to a set statute of limitations, the injured victim can only seek damages for a limited amount of time after suffering injuries. Understanding this fact is key to ensuring that the wronged party files their claim in the allotted time window. Serious injuries can result in hundreds or likely thousands of dollars in related medical expenses. This coupled with lost wages and property damage can really make the bills pile up in an unmanageable way.

If you believe that a negligent driver is responsible for such atrocities, shouldn't they be held accountable? There is a way to pin responsibility for the accident on the appropriate party. Negligent drivers are not usually intentional in their driving errors, however the result can be devastating just the same. Many Lafayette residents are aware of the hardships that accident victims suffer at the hands of negligent drivers.

Source:, "First Steps in Personal Injury Claim," Accessed Nov. 22, 2015

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