Covington Car Accident FAQs

Why won’t the insurance company pay me what I'm owed? If the other driver was at fault, why do I have to pay my own medical bills? Who pays for my rental car after my car was totaled? We answer questions like these and many more in our personal injury FAQs. If your question is not covered here, give us a call.

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  • What Do I Need To Know If I Was Involved In A Work Zone Car Accident?

    Driving in work zone areas can be especially dangerous, not only to drivers, but also to construction, maintenance, and utility workers trying to do their jobs in those areas.  There are many dangers associated with driving in work zones.  These include:

    • Driver distraction due to increased activity going on within work zones.
    • Sudden changes in lanes, markings, and signage in work zones.
    • Sudden changes in traffic speed in work zones.  
    • Drivers ignoring slower speed limits in work zones.

    After an accident in a work zone, it is even more important to collect information and evidence, if it is safe to do so.  This includes taking photographs and video of the accident scene and of the vehicles and parties, making sure to take photos of the signage and road work around you (including slow speed signs, warning signs, and any changes or abnormalities in the driving lanes).  Finally, if the wreck involved work vehicles or big trucks, make sure to take many photographs of them, including any markings they may have.  

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Car Accident?

    If you'be been hurt in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help families throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • How Do You Establish Fault After A Red Light Car Accident?

    The most common excuse an at-fault driver has when accused of running a red light is that their light was green.  “Green light-red light” accidents are common and insurance companies love to deny insurance claims based on their insured’s own self-saving statement.  So, how can you establish fault after a red-light accident?

    First, it is very important to study the police report for any evidence the police may have gathered during their investigation.  Were there any independent witnesses who saw the accident?  Perhaps a fellow driver who was nice enough to stop and provide their statement?  

    Second, a trip to the accident scene may be useful to see if there are any stores or residences around with cameras which may have captured the accident.  It is important to do this as soon as possible, since many surveillance systems erase footage after a certain amount of time.  

    Finally, we sometimes use an accident reconstruction expert to analyze the details of the accident, including damage to the vehicles, skid marks, etc., in order to prove how the accident occurred.  

    These are just a few ways we attempt to establish fault when the other driver denies running a red light.   

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Car Accident?

    If you'be been hurt in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help families throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • What Should I Do If Someone Hit My Parked Car In Louisiana?

    Parking lot collisions are common.  It is very unpleasant to walk out of the grocery store to find that your parked car has been hit.  So, what do you do if your car was hit while parked?

    The steps to take after your parked car is hit is the same as any other accident.  First, call the police and report the incident.  If anyone was in the car and is injured, report that to the police and if necessary, request emergency assistance.  Note that for minor accidents on private property (like grocery store parking lots or in subdivisions), police may refuse to respond to the incident.  If they do, be sure to note the time of your call and to whom you spoke, so that you can document that you attempted to call the police.  

    Second, take as many pictures and videos as possible of the vehicle damage and accident scene.  This will be the only time you can capture that evidence, which may be important, especially if the other person’s insurance company is denying responsibility.  

    Third, make sure to collect the other person’s information, including their name, contact information, insurance company, and insurance policy number.  This will allow you to file a claim without having to wait on a police report.  

    Other tips include looking around the parking lot for surveillance video and asking for a copy of the video showing the incident.  If the accident happens in a store parking lot, you may even ask the store to document it by filling out an incident report.  

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Car Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • Can I Change My Mind About The Lawyer I Selected To Represent Me Following A Louisiana Car Accident?

    We often get phone calls from injury victims who are not satisfied with their current lawyer and are looking to hire another law firm to handle their case.  I always encourage those callers to contact their current attorney and schedule a meeting to discuss their concerns and to get a clear understanding of what is being done in their case.  Most times, a simple meeting with their attorney solves the problem.  

    If a person is already represented by another attorney, we cannot discuss the specifics of their case with them unless they have discharged their present attorney.  The primary reason is that doing so may compromise the attorney-client confidentiality they have with their current lawyer.  

    A client who fires their attorney should do so in writing.  The client should also request their entire file so that their new lawyer can review it.  It is important to note that firing an attorney does not mean that they will not be owed money at the end of your case.  In fact, a fired attorney may have a claim for repayment of case expenses and for fees, depending on the amount of work they did prior to getting fired.  

    Communication with your current attorney is always encouraged prior to making the decision to switch lawyers.

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Car Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • What Evidence Will A Louisiana Car Accident Lawyer Use To Prove My Case?

    Sometimes insurance companies deny car accident claims based on a lack of evidence to show which party was at fault for causing the accident.  When liability (fault) is an issue in a car accident case, it is important to quickly identify and gather evidence to piece together how the accident occurred.  

    One of the first things we do when we are hired for a car accident case is to identify the evidence available.  While the police report is not itself evidence, it typically contains very useful information, including a description of the accident, the identification of witnesses, and even diagrams of the wreck.  

    When we need more information as to how the accident occurred, we may visit the accident scene and take photos of the scene, and of any tire marks or debris.  We also consider the damage to the vehicles and sometimes use an expert to download “black box” data from the vehicles.  

    Witness statements are also very important, and we may contact witnesses to better understand what they saw.  In this day and age of modern technology, we also assess if there is any video of the accident, such as from a dash cam or other surveillance nearby.  

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Car Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

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  • Do I Really Need An Official Police Report To Pursue My Car Accident Claim?

    I cringe when a client tells me that they had a car accident but didn’t file an accident report.  The reason?  Because police reports capture a lot of important information, including the identity of the other driver and their insurance policy information.  Also, police reports help the insurance company make a determination as to liability (who was at fault for causing the accident).  Without a police report, your car wreck claim will likely be delayed.  

    I understand why some people don’t get the police involved after an accident.  You have to wait for the police to arrive and you may be in a hurry.  The other driver may even be begging you not to call them.  Maybe you don’t think the damage is that bad or don’t think you are injured.  But if the damage is worse than you think or you wake up the next morning in severe pain, the decision not to call the police suddenly seems like a bad one.    

    Sometimes police may not respond to an accident, such as when a wreck happens on private property, like a grocery store parking lot.  In those cases, it is still important for you to get all the information you can, including the other driver’s name and contact number and insurance information.  You should also take as many pictures and videos of the scene as possible.  

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Car Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • The Driver That Caused My Accident Admitted To Hitting The Gas Rather Than The Brakes. Do I Have A Case?

    The admission of a driver for causing an accident is certainly an important factor in deciding whether you have a case.  Other factors include the exact circumstances of the wreck, including your own actions, and also the significance of the damages and injuries you incurred as a result of the car wreck.  

    When considering a party’s admission of fault following a car accident, it is important to note when the admission was said (ie. was it right after the accident?), whether it was verbal or written down, and the witnesses to the statement.  These are important factors when considering if the admission can be used later on in court as evidence.

    At an initial consultation, we typically ask our clients about the specific things they remember right after an accident, including if any statements were made by the other driver or if the other driver seemed disoriented or intoxicated.  Noting these facts at the beginning of a case can aid greatly in its success.  

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Car Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • If My Loved One Died In A Car Accident Do I File A Wrongful Death Claim Or A Car Accident Claim?

    A wrongful death claim arising from a car accident is a type of car accident claim.  The big difference is that in a wrongful death claim in Louisiana, the law dictates the family member(s) who may pursue the claim.  

    When a death occurs as a result of a car wreck, certain family members of the decedent may bring “wrongful death claims” and “survival actions.”  These terms are often used interchangeably, but they are different.  Wrongful death actions seek damages to the decedent’s family member, suffered by them personally as a result of their loved one’s death.  Claims include, but are not limited to loss of love and affection, funeral expenses, and in some instances, loss of financial support. 

    Survival actions, on the other hand, are the claims the decedent would have had if they had not died.  They include the decedent’s own pain and suffering and mental anguish from the time of injury until the time of death, as well as any medical bills they incurred prior to death.

    If you are struggling with the loss of a loved one due to a car accident, please let us help explain your rights.  We offer free, confidential, and “no pressure” consultations. 

    Has Your Loved One Died Due To The Negligence Of Others?

    If you lost a family member due to a negligent act you need to speak with an experienced Covington area wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help families throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • Can I File A Personal Injury Claim Without A Lawyer?

    Anyone can file and pursue their own personal injury claim without a lawyer.  Whether that is a good idea or not depends on a variety of factors, including the severity of injuries and damage, whether the other person is admitting fault, and the interests of third parties such as medical providers, health insurers, and others.  

    Even minor accident claims can become complicated quickly.  Just a trip to the ER can result in several medical bills and create a reimbursement interest from your health insurer, especially for people with Medicare or Medicaid.  At Grady J. Flattmann, Attorneys at Law, we make sure that our clients’ claims are handled the right way, start to finish.  

    Also, remember that insurance company adjusters are trained to ask specific questions of accident victims in an effort to save money for the insurance company.  Having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side to interact with insurance adjusters can be a major advantage.  

    If you are thinking of handling your own personal injury claim, please call us today.  At Grady J. Flattmann, Attorneys at Law, we offer a free 15-minute “CRASH COURSE to help you better understand the ins and outs of your claim.  

    Give us a call today to schedule your free “CRASH COURSE” at (985) 590-6182.

    Have You Been Hurt In A Covington Area Accident?

    If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident you need to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • If A Personal Injury Accident Was My Fault Can I Still Win The Case?

    Car accidents can be complicated and sometimes, more than one person may be at fault for causing the wreck. In Louisiana, we have what’s known as “comparative fault.” This means that a person can recover for their personal injuries, even if they were partially responsible for causing the wreck.

    For instance, if it is determined that someone is 50% responsible for causing a wreck, they can still collect 50% of their damages. Also, if the other person had the reasonable opportunity to avoid the wreck, but didn’t, you may still prevail in a personal injury claim, regardless of fault. In Louisiana, this is called the “last clear chance doctrine.” Many factors go into the success or failure of a personal injury case.

    At Grady J. Flattmann, Attorneys at Law, we examine each of our clients’ cases from every angle.

    Have You Been Hurt In A Covington Area Accident?

    If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident you need to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.