An average of 16,500 car accidents occur daily across the United States. In the blink of an eye, a rear-end car accident can completely turn one’s life upside down by causing life-altering injuries. Such an event can leave one lost as to what to do next, scared as to the daunting recovery process that lies ahead, and confused as to where to even begin. Some insight into the expected process of legal settlements may aid you or a loved one in making important decisions following a tragic accident.
In Louisiana, a car accident resulting in an injury, death, or property damage resulting in over $500 requires the parties by law to contact the local police department. Following the accident, an injured party should seek legal assistance. This will significantly offset the post-accident burdens of both filing a claim with the negligent party’s insurance company and gathering supporting evidence like medical examinations, photos, and witness testimony.
Further, an attorney can file suit against a negligent party, thereby holding that party liable for their actions. The lawsuit must be brought within 1 year of the date of the accident or else the claim is forever lost. Once the legal process begins, parties will work tirelessly to reach what is known as a settlement. A settlement resolves the dispute by dropping the claim before reaching trial in return for a monetary compensation. Settlement processes can last anywhere from a few months to a few years depending on the severity of the injuries and the accident. In the settlement process, the injured party seeks recompense for physical pain and suffering, repair or replacement of their car, medical expenses, mental anguish from the accident, lost wages, as well as other forms of damages.
Car accidents are subject to many laws and regulations that require professional assistance. When tragedy strikes, it can be difficult to know where to turn, especially when the future appears so unclear. Personal Injury attorneys like Broussard and David are here to assist in the process and aid in getting you back on your feet and back to sense of normalcy.
The attorneys at Broussard & David have the knowledge and experience necessary to
handle cases such as these and will fight to obtain fair compensation for your
injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered harm because of the fault of
another, contact the attorneys at Broussard & David to discuss your legal
rights at (337) 233-2323 (local) or (888) 337-2323 (toll-free).