Auto Accident

A Few Things to Know About Car Accidents and Traffic Citations.

It’s bad enough to be involved in a car accident. It’s worse if you are cited with a traffic violation at the scene. Traffic Citations and Who is “At-Fault” If you are issued a citation at the scene of an accident by the police, it is pretty strong evidence that you were “at fault” for the car crash—especially if you were the only driver involved who was cited at the scene. Being issued a traffic ticket does not mean that it is a completely foregone conclusion that you will be found to be at-fault for the accident, of course, but it is pretty damning evidence against you. It...

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How You Can Get a Copy of the Police Report After Your Car Crash.

Following a car accident, if you have to bring a lawsuit against the at-fault party to recover for your injuries and property damages, one of the most important documents you can have is the police report made at the scene of the crash. But what if you were too injured or upset to get a copy of the report at the time of the accident? Can you still get a copy of the police report? Yes. Why Police Reports are Important A car accident report (also called a “car crash report”) is important because it has all the details of the incident. It provides information about the people and cars involved...

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A Brief Look at Car Accident Reports in Louisiana.

If you have been involved in a car crash in the State of Louisiana, you have plenty to think about and plenty to do. Because it is very difficult to think straight after having been involved in an accident, the best thing you can do is prepare yourself before an accident occurs. In today’s post, we hope to help you do that. Reporting an Accident In the immediate aftermath of a car crash, your first priority is calling the police and getting yourself (and anyone else) the medical attention they need. After that, you can consider doing other things, like gathering evidence (pictures) and information (witness statements; exchanging information). However, there...

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2 Ways Physical Therapy Can Help You Recover From Your Car Accident.

A car accident can leave you with any number of physical, mental or emotional injuries. Some may heal quickly; others can change your life forever. It is universally accepted that one of the most important things you should do immediately after an accident, is to seek out medical attention. If you have been injured in a car accident, receiving proper medical care continues to be important long after you have left the hospital. Follow-up care can decrease the time it takes for you to recover from your injuries. One type of medical care that frequently proves helpful is physical therapy. Physical therapy is care that aims to ease pain and...

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A Common Cause of Car Accidents—and it’s not Texting and Driving

After the invent of cell phones and texting, one of the major causes of car accidents is “distracted driving.” While “distracted driving” can also refer to eating, brushing your hair or putting on your lipstick while driving, it has more commonly come to mean texting and driving. And while texting and driving is known to be even more dangerous than drinking and driving, there is another cause of driver error that is even more dangerous and more common. What is it? It’s driving while you are tired. Drowsy Driving Driving while fatigued is a major cause of motor vehicle accident collisions. Many people underestimate just...

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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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