Improper design, maintenance, construction, signage, lighting or other highway defects, including poorly placed trees and utility poles, can also cause serious accidents. If you haven’t brought a personal injury claim because you didn’t think there was another driver to blame, contact us to evaluate other potential defendants.
Ascension • East Baton Rouge
Prairieville Motor Vehicle Accident – Attorney
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area, you may be entitled to money damages not only for your pain and suffering and damage to your vehicle, but also for lost time from work, unpaid medical expenses, and loss of companionship to your family. You need to talk to an attorney who can answer your questions and help you bring your case to the courts. Contact the Sotile Law Office. I am Vincent J. Sotile, Jr. I care about your case and I want to help you get the money damages that you deserve.
Helping victims of motor vehicle accidents receive the money damages they deserve.
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Motor Vehicle Accidents – An Overview
Cases arising out of automobile accidents are by far the most common type of personal injury case in our court system today. This is not surprising, given that every 10 seconds, someone in the United States is involved in a car accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Except in those states where legislation eliminating fault as an issue has been passed (no-fault laws), these cases are typically governed by the law of negligence. Generally, people who operate automobiles must exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances.” A failure to use reasonable care is considered negligence. A person who negligently operates a vehicle may be required to pay for any damages, either to a person or property, caused by his or her negligence. The injured party, known as the plaintiff, is required to prove that the defendant was negligent, that the negligence caused the accident, and that the accident caused the plaintiff’s injuries. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you must not hesitate to seek legal counsel from a personal injury attorney experienced in automobile accident cases in order to best protect your interests.
As with other types of accidents, time is of the essence when deciding who is at fault (negligent) in a traffic accident. In many cases, your instincts will tell you that a driver, cyclist or pedestrian acted carelessly, but not what rule or rules that person violated. Negligence issues can be complicated, and an experienced attorney will look to a number of sources, such as police reports, state traffic laws, and witnesses, to help you determine who was at fault for your accident.
Uninsured or Underinsured Motorists
Many drivers ignore motor vehicle insurance requirements, cannot afford to purchase insurance, or carry insufficient insurance coverage. Uninsured motorist coverage is a form of insurance that pays for bodily injury damages that result from an accident with a driver who is legally responsible for the injuries, but has no liability coverage or insufficient coverage. If you have been involved with a uninsured or underinsured, it is important that you contact an experienced attorney immediately so you do not waive valuable legal rights.
Injuries and Compensation
Generally, an individual injured in an automobile accident may bring a claim or lawsuit to recover the actual expenses associated with property damage and medical costs, economic damages, and emotional and physical pain and suffering. Litigation involving motor vehicle accidents can be extremely complicated. Retaining an experienced lawyer familiar with personal injury damages will place you in the best position to receive the recovery that you deserve.
Insurance Claims Dos & Don’ts
Do call your insurance agent as soon as a covered event takes place. As soon as you get home from the car accident, or even before you go to the doctor, call your agent.
Do review and understand your coverage before talking to your insurer or your agent. Read the “Coverage” and “Exclusion” sections of you policy in particular.
Do have your agent or adjuster explain all insurance coverage issues immediately.