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Recorded Statements and Car Accidents.

It may be common to give a recorded statement in a car accident case, but is it required? No. There is no law that requires an injured person to give a recorded statement to the insurance company of the driver who is potentially at fault. (You do, however, have a duty to cooperate with your own insurance company.) So, if you are not required to give a recorded statement by law, should you let the potentially “at-fault” driver’s insurance company record your statement when they call you and ask if they can record what you say? Probably not. Here’s why. It’s Not a Normal Conversation Although insurance company adjusters may be friendly and nice...

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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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Car Accidents and Louisiana’s Child Restraint Laws

Getting into a car crash is bad enough, but when there are children in the car, an accident can be devastating. If you have children in the car, in addition to driving safely and obeying all traffic laws, there is something else you can do to try to keep your children safe. What is it? Use the proper child restraint. Child Restraint Laws According to statistics, car accidents are a leading cause of death among children under the age of 12. Car restraint laws have been put in place in an effort to curb these tragic statistics. In Louisiana, we take our children’s safety very seriously. Child seats can reduce the risk...

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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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How a Preexisting Medical Condition or Injury Affects Your Personal Injury Case.

If you have experienced a personal injury due to the fault of someone else—whether that is a car accident, truck accident, slip and fall or the like, it is important that you understand what your legal rights are and the factors that can affect them. Having a pre-existing injury is a fact that could affect your personal injury lawsuit. Pre-existing Injury A pre-existing injury or medical condition is just what it says: an injury or medical condition that you had before incurred the new injury or medical condition that is the subject of your lawsuit. While having a pre-existing injury or medical condition...

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Can You Get A Brain Injury From a Slow-Speed Rear-End Collision?

Many times we dismiss “fender-benders” or slow-speed rear-end collisions as not “really all that bad” or as “nothing serious.”  While at first slow-speed collisions may not seem all that serious, sometimes the injuries sustained from such a crash can be very serious. Here’s why. Because You Can Get A Brain Injury From a Slow-Speed Rear-End Collision While we normally think of brain injuries as occurring as part of a high-impact car or truck accident, the truth is that you can get a brain injury from a slow-speed rear-end collision. Why? Because when the head is suddenly tossed back and forth—as happens when you get hit...

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