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.
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.
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.
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.
Unfortunately, car accidents can occur in the blink of an eye and alter the lives of victims forever. A multi-car accident in a nearby community east of Lafayette recently left one driver dead. The three-car accident resulted in the death of a 19-year old man. The accident occurred when a pickup truck driven by a 27-year old man was headed north and crossed the median, entering the southbound lanes and striking another pickup truck. A passenger vehicle travelling behind the pickup truck that was hit was unable to avoid the accident and also struck the pickup truck from behind.
Motorcycle riders are at a heightened risk of serious injury or even death when involved in car accidents. This is largely due to their smaller size and lack of safety features in comparison to other vehicles. It is therefore imperative that both motorcycle riders and drivers of other vehicles sharing the road must exercise the appropriate care when driving near each other.
After a fatal traffic accident caused by a negligent driver, Louisiana families look to the police and the criminal courts to see that justice is done. However, the criminal justice system - despite its many strengths - is not necessarily the best place to see the needs of the victim's family are met.
Driving while under the influence is a preventable and highly dangerous action that increases the risk that an accident may occur. This increased risk also heightens the danger to others of sustaining a serious injury. In addition to criminal charges, a drunk driver may expose themselves to significant liability for any injuries they may cause by their actions.
When Lafayette residents are out on the road late at night, they usually have a general awareness of the possibility of impaired drivers on the road. When one is traveling on an interstate, rarely does one anticipate coming up against a wrong-way driver.
There are certainly many hazards that a Louisiana driver may encounter on the roadways. Drivers never know what can suddenly swerve into them or pop out at them while they are driving. Car accidents are not totally avoidable in certain situations.