Car Accident Lawyers in Baton Rouge

Every year, more than 6 million traffic accidents are reported to the police. According to the NHTSA, 2.4 million people are injured and 32,000 are killed in traffic-related accidents annually. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a serious collision or if you have lost a loved one to a fatal car crash, you need an aggressive car accident attorney. The lawyers at Broussard & Hart, LLC, help accident victims in the Baton Rouge area get the compensation they deserve.

Contact Us at 337-439-2450 or fill out the form below.

Causes of Accidents

Most drivers are responsible and follow the rules of the road. Unfortunately, the drivers who are careless or negligent share the roads with the rest of us, and their lack of regard for public safety often has devastating consequences.

Common crashes our attorneys have seen include:

  • Side impacts
  • Rear end impacts
  • Head on collisions
  • Sideswipes
  • Rollover accidents
  • Hit-and-run accidents

Negligence or Willful Actions?

A driver can be determined to be negligent if he or she fails to act as a responsible person would in his or her place. By ignoring traffic laws, negligent drivers fail to exercise their reasonable duty of care.

Common examples of negligence include:

  • Speeding, which is also the most common cause of car crashes
  • Using a cell phone while driving, which causes more than 25 percent of all car accidents
  • Driving while intoxicated, which is responsible for most fatal accidents
  • Distracted driving, which can occur any time a driver is paying attention to anything other than driving
  • Failure to perform necessary vehicle maintenance, such as brake repairs

In some cases, the negligence might not be the fault of the drivers involved in the accident. When hedges or trees are overgrown and obstruct street views, the property owner can be held liable for damages associated with their negligence.

Not all accidents are caused by negligence, however. In some cases, the willful actions of a reckless driver are to blame. These actions can include:

  • Purposeful speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving on the shoulder or sidewalk
  • Road rage

Determining fault and the underlying cause of the accident are critical to your case. Our investigators can help you get to the bottom of the crash so that your case can be settled appropriately.

After an Accident

If you or someone else has been hurt in a car accident, call 911 to get emergency medical help. Next, call your insurance provider and the other parties’ insurance companies. Take notes about the vehicles involved in the accidents and anyone else at the scene so that witnesses can be contacted later if necessary. Their accounts can be critical as your case proceeds.

Some information to note includes:

  • The names, addresses and phone numbers of all parties involved
  • Contact information for any witnesses
  • Photos of the damage, location and any other pertinent sites or areas
  • The other driver’s insurance company and policy number
  • If you cannot remain at the accident site, an uninjured friend or family member can record this information for you.

Do not take any responsibility for the accident or make any agreements with other drivers. While you might be tempted to minimize damage to your own vehicle or say that you are fine, these actions can ultimately undermine your ability to get a fair and reasonable settlement after a crash. Our skilled car crash attorneys will protect your rights in the days following an accident.

Common Car Accident Injuries

No two accidents are alike, but most accident injuries can be put into one of two categories. Impact injuries occur when a body collides with a moving or stationary object. Penetrating injuries occur when the body is pierced by an object, such as a shard of glass. Both impact and penetrating injuries can affect soft tissues and bone tissue.

The most common car crash injuries include:

  • Whiplash
  • Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal injuries, including broken ribs and organ damage
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal damage and back injuries
  • Mental and emotional distress

An injury might not be immediately obvious after a crash, so seeking medical attention immediately can help identify any injuries that you might not know you have.

Getting the Compensation You Deserve

Settling with Car Insurance Companies after Accidents

In Louisiana, drivers are required to carry liability insurance. Many insurance policies also include coverage for uninsured or under insured motorist coverage in case the costs of an accident exceed the minimum coverage amount.

Although you have insurance to protect you and your property against loss and damage, the insurance company is still a business, and they are not necessarily on your side. Insurance companies often want to settle quickly and for the most affordable amount for them, which could leave you facing unpaid bills. Before agreeing to any quick settlements, talk to a seasoned personal injury attorney who can help you ensure that you are getting a fair and adequate settlement.

Broussard & Hart, LLC, can handle every aspect of your case and give you peace of mind during this difficult time. One of our experienced car accident lawyers can communicate on your behalf with your insurance company or the other driver’s insurer.

Damages and Compensation

The costs associated with a car accident begin the moment an accident happens, and for many victims, those costs can continue for a lifetime. The expenses might begin with your vehicle, which may have sustained cosmetic, structural and mechanical damage, but they are not likely to end there. Your costs can quickly add up especially if you need to take time off work, and if your family relies on you to pay some or all of the household bills, your loss of income could put your finances in a precarious situation.

You may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Emergency medical transportation
  • Emergency medical care
  • Hospitalization costs
  • Prescription medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatric care
  • Ongoing medical care
  • Lost wages, decreased income and future loss of earning power
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium

While you might not be able to put a dollar amount on your losses, our team of expert attorneys in Baton Rouge have numerous resources that we can use to build a strong case and get you the compensation you deserve. Call our offices today to speak with one of our car accident attorneys.

Baton Rouge Car Accident Attorneys

Many cases are able to be settled out of court through negotiations with your or the other driver’s insurance company. If necessary, we will also take your case to court with a variety of expert witnesses who will testify on your behalf to recover your monetary damages and ensure you get the compensation to which you are entitled.

We Also Help Car Accident Victims in these Areas of Louisiana
Alexandria | Lafayette | Lake Charles | New Orleans | Shreveport

Contact Us at 337-439-2450 or fill out the form below.

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Our attorneys will review your case and represent you throughout your car crash claim. Contact Broussard & Hart L.L.C. today for help pursuing a car accident settlement. Your first consultation is free and we won’t charge fees unless money is recovered.

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