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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the driving requirements for Louisiana drivers as well as drivers throughout the country is to possess insurance. It is actually a violation of the law to drive without insurance. This insurance requirement arises from the reality that car accidents happen rather frequently.
Louisiana drivers have a number of different responsibilities when deciding to take on the roadways. Some of them may not always be apparent and can lead to car accidents if the duties are breached.
When people think about motor vehicle collisions that occur in Louisiana, the first thing that comes to mind is usually an accident involving two cars. But, there are many ways in which car accidents may occur. For instance, accidents can also involve all-terrain vehicles.