Rear-end accidents are very common types of auto collisions in Alexandria. This type of accident happens when a rear vehicle collides into the back of the vehicle in front of it. While the rear drivers are frequently at fault for causing rear-end accidents, there are some situations in which the front driver may also be liable. Rear-end collisions can result in injuries and deaths. If you have suffered injuries or have lost a loved one in this type of accident, getting help from a rear-end accident lawyer in Alexandria is important. An attorney at Broussard & Hart will help you recover compensation to pay for all of your losses.
What is negligence in a rear-end accident?
Rear-end accidents primarily involve negligence claims. This means that plaintiffs must be able to prove that the defendants were negligent and that their negligence caused the accidents and resulting injuries. They must also be able to prove damages to recover compensation.
Negligence can take several forms in a rear-end collision. Some examples of negligent driving behaviors that can result in a rear-end accident with injuries or fatalities include the following:
- Distracted driving
- Inattentive driving
- Failing to notice that traffic has slowed
- Improper lane changes
- Driving at night without working taillights
- Drunk or drugged driving
Who has the right to file a lawsuit in a rear-end accident?
People who suffer injuries and the families of people who are killed in rear-end collisions have the right to file lawsuits against the negligent driver. If a child is injured in a rear-end accident, the child’s parents can file a lawsuit on behalf of the child.
Under Lousiana law, people with specific types of familial relationships to people who are killed in accidents are allowed to file wrongful death lawsuits. The people who have the priority for filing these lawsuits include the surviving spouse and children of the person who died. If there is not a surviving spouse or child, the deceased person’s parents can file a lawsuit. If the parents do not survive, the deceased person’s siblings can file a lawsuit. Finally, if none of these people survive the deceased person, his or her grandparents can file a lawsuit to recover damages.
What types of damages are available in a rear-end accident?
Damages are monetary compensation that is awarded in lawsuits to the victims or the families of people who are injured or killed in rear-end accidents. The amounts that might be recoverable will depend on the circumstances and facts of each case, which means that there is not a single set amount that people might expect to recover. An attorney at Broussard & Hart can review the evidence and the severity of the injuries and losses to value the claim.
Compensatory damages are meant to compensate plaintiffs for their losses and include special and general damages. Special damages are monetary amounts that may be awarded for the actual pecuniary losses that were suffered, including past medical costs, future medical costs, past and future wage losses, and property losses. General damages are monetary awards for the noneconomic losses that were suffered, and they include the following types of damages:
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium for spouses
Punitive damages are rarely available. Punitive damages are monetary awards to punish defendants whose actions were outrageous. For example, punitive damages might be available in a case in which a drunk driver collided into the back of a vehicle at a high rate of speed. Punitive damages are not available in most cases, however.
Why should you retain a lawyer?
Proving a personal injury claim can be difficult. Insurance companies are in business to earn profits and frequently litigate against claims to try to avoid paying the compensation that the victims should recover. An attorney can help to guide you through the process and handle the insurance company for you. This can allow you to concentrate on getting better instead of having to deal with the insurance company.
Contact a rear-end accident lawyer Alexandria
The attorneys at Broussard & Hart have years of experience representing accident victims in Alexandria, Louisiana, and throughout the surrounding area. If you have suffered serious injuries in a rear-end collision, contact us today for a free case evaluation by calling us at 866.281.4774.
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