Auto Accident

Why You Want To Have Car Insurance if You Live In Louisiana

Have you ever wondered why you must have car insurance before you can drive in Louisiana or pretty much any other state? Car insurance is necessary, of course, in the event you get into a car crash. But in Louisiana, it goes a bit beyond that. Louisiana’s Laws On Car Insurance When it comes to insurance claims for car crashes, Louisiana follows the “fault” system. This means that before you can recover damages for injuries or property damage you suffered in a car accident, you must prove that the other driver was “at fault.” In addition, you need to have car insurance. Louisiana’s...

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What is an “Eggshell Plaintiff”?

Sometimes in personal injury cases, it’s a toss up as to who has the worse luck: the injured victim who had a pre-existing condition and was injured in a new accident, or the guy who hit him. Why? Because of the legal concept referred to as the “eggshell” or “thin-skulled” plaintiff. What is the Eggshell Plaintiff Rule? In personal injury cases, accident victims are not entitled to compensation for any previous conditions or injuries they might have had, unless they can prove that their condition was worsened as a result of the (new) accident. This could be for physical and mental injuries, or a...

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3 Things You Can Do To Prevent a Distracted Driving Crash

As we pointed out in one of our other recent posts, distracted driving has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Every day people are injured or killed in car accidents that were caused by a distracted driver. In today’s post, we want to give you 3 ways you can prevent adding to those statistics. Talk to Your Teens According to statistics, almost 60% of all car crashes involving teenage drivers involved some form of driver inattention. Bear in mind that because most drivers who are involved in a car crash will not admit to the police that they were using...

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Distracted Driving is Now a National Epidemic

Here’s some very disturbing news. According to the According to the AAA, distracted driving crashes are now a national epidemic. While distracted driving can be anything that prevents a driver from paying attention to the road, like putting on lipstick, smoking, changing the radio, eating or drinking, the main cause of distracted driving is talking on your cell phone or texting. The AAA reports that every day, an average of 9 people are killed and 1,000 are injured because of drivers using their cell phones. How Bad is it? After speeding and drunk driving, distracted driving is the third leading cause of deaths...

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U Better Not Text N Drive in LA.

The Pelican State is known for its relaxed, party-loving attitude. There’s nothing most Louisianans like better than kicking back with family and friends, having fun, eating great food, and letting loose with some fantastic jazz. But when it comes to driver safety and kids in a school zone, all that changes. Louisianans are serious about protecting their kids. In Louisiana, you cannot use your phone for any reason at all if you are driving in a school zone during school hours. Distracted Driver Laws. The fact that texting or using your cell phone while driving (i.e. “distracted driving”) is dangerous and downright negligent, should...

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The Real Dangers of Distracted Driving.

You’re driving down Interstate 10 and you hear it. That little “bing” on your phone that tells you that you have a text message.  Do you read it? Well, you know you shouldn’t. You know texting and driving is dangerous. So you tell yourself, “I won’t really read it; I’ll just take a peek….” The next thing you know, your car is careening around the highway, and you end up in a crash. The Danger is Real. According to statistics, 25% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities are caused by distracted driving (talking or texting while driving). On average, every day there are...

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A Brief Examination of Independent Medical Examinations.

There is a part of all civil cases, called “discovery,” where each party (i.e., the plaintiff and the defendant) gathers information about the other side’s case—i.e., what documents they have and what testimony they will present at trial. The discovery procedures form a part of civil procedure. These procedures give each party to a lawsuit a number of tools that they can use to find out as much as possible about the other side’s case prior to trial. The purpose of the discovery tools is to encourage settlement by allowing a full exchange of information. Some of the discovery tools commonly used...

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What Steps You Should Take Immediately After a Car Accident.

If you are in any kind of car accident, there are a number of steps that you should take immediately to protect yourself at the scene and your interests if you later file a personal injury claim. Here are just 4 things you should do immediately at the scene of a car accident. Stop and Stay. The first thing you need to do is to stop. It is against the law to leave the scene of an accident. Even if it’s just a minor fender-bender, you are still required to stop your vehicle. If you don’t stop, but keep going,...

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Why You Should See a Doctor after Even a Minor Car Accident.

You’ve just had a fender bender. It’s not a bad crash; but you did hit your head on the steering wheel and you’re shaken up a bit. You call the police, exchange information with the other driver, and report it to your insurance company.  When the police come, you refuse to go to the hospital because you figure it was just a minor accident. It’s no big deal. Or so you think. Even Minor Car Crashes Can Cause Serious Injuries. Regardless of how minor you believe a car accident is, it is important that you either go to the hospital to be...

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Two Good Reasons Why You Should Hire Counsel if You Have a Brain Injury.

You don’t need an attorney for every legal dispute or difficulty you may have, but there are some cases where having competent counsel is not only prudent, but an absolute must, A lawsuit involving serious brain injury is one of them. Here are 2 reasons why if your lawsuit centers around a catastrophic brain injury, you should hire counsel. Brain injury cases involve complex legal and medical issues. Handling a brain injury case on your own without experienced legal counsel is really not a good idea. These kinds of cases have complex legal issues, procedures, and evidence requirements that a lay person...

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