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Highway Accidents

Highway accidents appear to be catastrophic due to increased speed limits and travelers on the road. There are a number of factors that can lead to injuries in Louisiana at these major roads. Distracted driving, speed, driving with intoxication, tiredness, and failure to follow road laws all lead to an injurious accident in Northeast Louisiana.

In some cases, a negligent driver may not exist. Faulty parts on faulty vehicles and dangerous road conditions are also factors contributing. Production companies, parts companies, and government bodies could all be responsible parties in highway accidents. The findings are the same regardless of the cause. Highway accident injuries can range from a lifetime of chronic pain to irreversible damage to the brain. In the worst circumstances, one or more victims of an accident lose their lives during or after the incident.

Highway Accidents in Louisiana

About 100 people a day were killed in U.S. traffic accidents in 2015, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatal Accident Reporting System. Of the 35,092 fatalities in 2015, 10,396 occurred on U.S. highways and interstates. The most common dangerous occurrence is two motor vehicles colliding, which may involve a moving car colliding with an illegally parked vehicle along the highway and an overturning vehicle.

Numerous accidents occur on major highways since people tend to drive on the highway faster these accidents can cause devastating injuries. It's important to report your accident to the police. The Police will investigate the accident scene to help determine who is at fault. They'll take accident scene pictures and explain road conditions. The Law Office of Eddie Clark & Associates will later rely on this knowledge to reconstruct the accident scene.

Law in Louisiana

Usually, in most jurisdictions, when you file a lawsuit for personal injury or damage to property incurred by an accident in a motor vehicle, you file the case against the party who negligently caused the accident, rather than their insurance provider. Nevertheless, under the Louisiana Direct Action Statute, if the policy was provided or delivered in Louisiana or the accident or injury happened in Louisiana, a claimant may bring a direct action against a defendant's insurance carrier, and the policy covered the risk.

If you are involved in an accident involving a motor vehicle, which includes a highway, Louisiana law mandates you to move your vehicle off the road and onto the nearest soft shoulder for the safety of other vehicles and those involved. By Louisiana law, motorists involved in an automobile accident are required to report the incident to the local police department if injury or death occurs or property damage exceeds $500.

Compensation After a Car Accident

Louisiana needs all drivers to buy insurance cover and pay other drivers for medical expenses and property damage. Under state law, drivers must pay at least

  • $15,000 for bodily injury to one person
  • $30,000 for injuries to two or more persons in one accident
  • $25,000 for property damage

In Louisiana, fault and responsibility for an accident involving a motor vehicle are calculated based on a principle of "pure comparative negligence." This means that each driver involved in an accident is responsible for their relative liability or percentage of the accident fault. If you've been injured or suffered property damage following an accident in Louisiana and you've been partly at fault for causing or contributing to the accident, you'll still be able to recover damages, but the amount of compensation you seek will be diminished by the percentage of fault.

If you've been involved in an accident on a highway, our personal injury lawyers at The Law Office of Eddie Clark & Associates will put your needs first and treat your insurance claim as best you can to help you achieve the compensation you deserve.

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