Every year in the U.S. there are approximately 6 million car accidents and over 3 million people are injured as a result. If you have never been in a wreck, consider yourself lucky. Statistically you are probably overdue. The average driver files a collision insurance claim once every 18 years, and let’s face it, you are probably an average driver. Most people will be involved in at least one accident by the time they are forty. Even one accident is one accident too many. Iberia Parish reported 1,521 car crashes in 2016, according to LSU Data Reports. As result of these accidents, there were 1,115 injuries and 15 deaths. Indeed, almost all car accidents lead to some type of injury.
Car accidents are terrifying, one minute you’re driving along, minding your own business and the next, you are stopped in the middle of the road with your airbags deployed and a paramedic asking you what your name is. Being injured is scary. There are a lot of uncertainties. How long before I am fully recovered? When can I go back to work? How will I pay for all these medical bills? One of the most important questions you will ask yourself after an accident is, do I need a lawyer?
Many accident victims are fortunate to walk away with only property damage. The medical debt from a car accident can be overwhelming. If you have injuries from a accident caused by someone’s negligence, employing the help of a personal injury attorney will ensure that you and your family are taken care of.
Not all car accidents need a lawyer to manage the claim. Minor accidents with minimal damage and no injuries can be managed on your own. Injuries cause accident claims to become more complicated. If your accident involved injuries and you are incurring medical bills you need a New Iberia car accident attorney skilled in dealing with insurance companies to make sure you get financial compensation for your losses.
The consequences of a car accident can ruin a family’s standard of living. Medical bills can pile up quickly, especially if you have a serious injury that requires ongoing care. If your accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, their insurance company should cover your expenses. However, those insurance companies will do everything they can to keep their costs to a minimum.
Insurance companies are businesses. They exist to make money. What is best for you is not always their top priority. The initial offer from an insurance company is usually a low-ball offer, they want you to settle quickly. They will offer you a quick settlement amount that will barley cover the cost of your property damage. If you accept the offer, any additional medical expenses you have from that point on are your responsibility. You are releasing them from liability for your future medical bills. The cost of surgeries, physical therapy, or medications should not come out of your pocket if another driver caused your accident. Filing a personal injury lawsuit is your best option.
Having a car accident attorney ensures your interests are represented. Retaining the help of a New Iberia car accident attorney with experience dealing in local car accident cases gives you the advantage. If you are unsure about whether or not you need a lawyer, please contact our office for a free consultation.
There are no such things as a simple car accidents. It’s a headache that starts with the sound of screeching brakes and doesn’t stop for months. There are piles of medical bills, thousands of dollars in lost wages and your car is completely ruined. You need help. You don’t need the hassle of fighting the insurance company alone. A New Iberia car accident attorney is your best bet to simplify your post car accident life. Don’t let the insurance company bully you into an early settlement, protect your rights. Call the attorneys at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess for a free consultation with our car accidents specialists.
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We will do our best to assess your case and answer your questions and concerns. We have as many questions for you as you do for us. The more information you can provide us, the better equipped we are to help you.
When did the accident happen? What were the circumstances surrounding the accident? Is there a police report? Were you injured? Where did you go for medical treatment? What are your injuries? Are they permanent? Are there MRI’s, x-rays, etc? Did you have passengers in the vehicle? Do you have insurance? What information do you have about the other driver(s)? Have you been contacted by their insurance company? Bring all records and documentation you have concerning the car accident with you to the consultation. Police reports, insurance information, medical records, medical bills, details on missed work, any correspondence with the insurance company and photos related to the accident are critical pieces of evidence in your claim.
Negligence is an important consideration when it comes to car accident law. In the terms of automobile accidents; any driver who fails to operate their vehicle in a reasonably safe manner is acting negligently.
We must all follow the posted speed limit, stop at red lights, etc. It is every driver’s legal duty to drive carefully and follow safety regulations.
If you fail to meet that duty and cause an accident, you may be deemed legally negligent or liable. This means, you may be held responsible for any, and all costs of property damage, lost wages and medical expenses.
Legally, to be liable for an accident is to be found in the wrong and responsible for the resulting damages. Negligence is used to prove liability in court. The party found liable for injuries and damages, will be held financially responsible.
To determine liability, the injured party must prove the other driver was negligent and that this negligence caused the accident. The injured party must also be able to prove the severity of their injuries in order to receive compensation. The party found liable must pay monies in the form of a settlement. Settlements are usually negotiated out of court. However, if a fair amount can’t be agreed upon, the case must be brought to court. Here, a judge or jury will decide upon the financial compensation.
The New Iberia attorneys at The Law Office of L. Clayton Burgess has experience in and out of the courtroom. Our lawyers are talented negotiators having won $millions for our clients in settlements and verdicts. Contact us today to schedule a FREE personal injury consultation.
There is an inherent level of distrust of the legal profession that leads to procrastination when making the decision to retain an attorney. Interview and hire your lawyer as quickly as possible after all car accidents. This gives us as much time as possible to investigate while facts are still fresh. New Iberia attorney Clay Burgess has a reputation of treating his clients fairly and getting financial results. Call now to put our experience to work for you.
While you do have the right to represent your case personally, the process can be overwhelming. Insurance agents, complex legal statutes, and confusing rules can be a headache. Here at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, we have the skills and the experience to handle any accident. We will fight for your rights and get the job done. Our legal team operates on a no win/no fee policy.
No matter who you are, you can afford legal representation! We only receive compensation for results.
Not all attorneys are created equal. Our team of legal professionals has over 20 years experience getting the job done right with car accident cases. We have the skills to pay your bills in the following types of cases:
Automobile Accident Injuries
Types of Car Accidents
Single Vehicle Accidents
Distracted Driving Accidents
Drunk Driving Accidents
Texting While Driving
Wrongful Death Cases
Once you have made the decision to have us work for you, our team will thoroughly investigate you case. A New Iberia car accident attorney has the know-how to investigate: