Motor Vehicle Accident FAQ

Do I need an attorney for my car crash claim? What if I was partially at fault in the accident? What if the other driver did not have automobile insurance? We give detailed answers to these questions and much more in our motor vehicle frequently asked questions.

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  • How Are Truck Accident Investigations Conducted?

    The process of investigating truck accidents varies from case to case and is sometimes similar to investigations of car accident claims.  However, there are several things we may do during an investigation, unique to truck accidents.  

    First, a lot of big trucks, like 18-wheelers, contain electronic logging devices, similar to the “black box” we often hear about.  These devices can track the truck’s speed, locations, and critical events, like braking.  We sometimes have accident reconstruction experts assist us in inspecting the truck and downloading data from its electronic logging devices.

    Second, in the event of big trucks hauling loads or making deliveries, it may be important to obtain evidence as to the driver’s activity on the day of the accident or the days leading up to the accident.  Evidence such as driving logs and whether the driver took required breaks can be important in a truck case to show driver fatigue.   

    Another topic of investigation in big truck accident cases is the driver’s personnel records.  Does he have a history of accidents?  Did his company conduct a background investigation before putting him on the road?  In some cases, showing that the trucking company knew or should have known that their driver was unsafe, is important for holding the company liable.

    While each big truck accident is different, it is important to collect evidence immediately after an accident.  As soon as we are hired on a big truck case, we skillfully tailor our investigation around the unique aspects of the case.   

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a semi-truck or large vehicle accident you need to speak with an experienced truck 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 clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • My Car Was Damaged After A Car Accident But I Still Need To Get To Work. What Should I Do?

    The first few days after a car wreck can be the most frustrating for my clients.  Not only are they in pain and hurting, but a lot of times, they are also out of a vehicle and find themselves suddenly without transportation.  Getting to work is usually the primary concern.

    In Louisiana, the at-fault insurance company is responsible for setting up a rental vehicle for you following a wreck.  However, they will not set up the rental until they have investigated the accident and accepted responsibility.  Typically, an insurance adjuster will say that they are waiting for the police report or waiting to get in touch with their insured before they can start the rental process.  

    We have been successful in expediting the rental car process by actively communicating with insurance adjusters and making sure they have all the information about the wreck, as soon as possible.  

    If you have rental coverage on your own vehicle, a faster way to get the rental car is to go through your own insurance coverage.  That way, you don’t have to wait on the at-fault insurance company.  

    Frustrated and without transportation? If you can’t come to us, we will come to you!

    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.

  • How Can I Prove My Motorcycle Accident Wasn’t My Fault?

    Motorcyclists are often unfairly blamed when a wreck happens.  Common things drivers say when they are involved in a car versus motorcycle accident include: “he came out of nowhere,” “he was in my blind spot,” “he was weaving through traffic,” or “he was going too fast.”  Due to this unfair prejudice, motorcyclists sometimes find themselves having to prove that an accident wasn’t their fault.

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    Being very clear about how a wreck occurred, the positions of the vehicles, and the precise sequence of events can help the driver of a motorcycle prove that he or she was not at fault.  The insurance company will try to match up statements with the evidence to determine who is liable for the accident.  

    Gathering evidence immediately following the accident is also very important.  Taking pictures and videos of the accident scene and gathering information from potential witnesses can be very helpful in proving that you were not at fault for the wreck.

    Have You Been Hurt In A Covington Area Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident you need to speak with an experienced motorcycle 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 clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • How Much Is My Louisiana Truck Accident Claim Really Worth?

    The answer to this question depends on many factors, the most significant being the seriousness of one’s injuries.  Other factors we consider in assessing the value of a claim include the length of medical treatment, the amount of medical bills, future limitations or disabilities, and lost wages.  

    The value of a truck accident claim may also grow over time if a person is continuing to suffer or treat for their injuries.  We take great pride in explaining our valuation process to our clients throughout the course of their case.    

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a semi-truck or large vehicle accident you need to speak with an experienced truck 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 clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • What Type Of Damages Can I Claim Following A Motorcycle Accident?

    The law regarding the types of damages that can be claimed following a motorcycle accident are the same as those regarding car accidents.  Following a motorcycle accident, the injured person has property damage claims and personal injury claims.  

    Property damage claims include damage to the motorcycle and even damage to clothes or other possessions.  It also includes rental coverage during the time the motorcycle is being repaired.  

    Personal injury claims include things like the person’s medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, future disability, mental anguish, and lost enjoyment of life.  

    We take pride in making sure our clients understand their rights after being involved in an motorcycle accident.  

    Have You Been Hurt In A Covington Area Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident you need to speak with an experienced motorcycle 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 clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • If I Was The Passenger In A Car That Caused A Louisiana Car Accident Can I File A Claim Against The Driver?

    If you were a passenger in a car that causes an accident, you have the right to file a claim against the at-fault driver, even if you were a passenger in the vehicle he or she was driving.  It is important to get all the information you can regarding the driver’s car insurance so that a claim may be filed on your behalf.  We have successfully handled claims made by passengers. 

    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 Represent Myself In A Louisiana Car Accident Claim?

    While it may be possible to represent yourself in a car accident claim, whether it is advisable to do so depends on many factors.  Most “fender benders” that do not involve injuries may be handled directly with the at-fault insurance company.  However, if the accident involves substantial vehicle damage or if someone was injured, things can get complicated quickly.  

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    So, how do you decide whether to hire an experienced car accident attorney or try to handle the claim on your own?  That’s where our DIY CRASH COURSE comes in.  Learn more about our 100% free and confidential DIY CRASH COURSE. Click here to learn more.

    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 You Claim Mental And Emotional Distress Following A Car Accident?

    Physical trauma is not the only injury someone may suffer as a result of a car accident.  In Louisiana, you may also be entitled to compensation for your emotional distress and mental anguish.     

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    Many people also suffer non-physical damages as a result of an accident. A car wreck is a traumatic experience. In some situations, a victim of a car wreck may be afraid to get behind the wheel again, may feel claustrophobic, or even develop post-traumatic stress disorder. These are examples of emotional distress.

    Another type of non-physical damage is mental anguish, which a victim of a car wreck may experience when, because of their injuries, they do not know how they are going to get their life back in order. A victim may worry about how they will pay their bills, whether they will lose their job, or feel deficient as a spouse or a parent. These are all examples of mental anguish.

    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.

  • I Was Injured In A Covington Truck Accident. How Can I Pay My Bills While Waiting For The Case To Settle?

    Truck accidents can have devastating effects, not just in terms of injuries, but also with regard to medical and other bills.  Sadly, even if someone is so injured that they can’t go to work anymore, that doesn’t mean that bills stop coming.  

    Unfortunately, in Louisiana, the at-fault insurance company is not required to pay your medical bills “as you go.”  Instead, medical bills are included in any resolution, at the end of your case.  In the meantime, there may be several solutions, such as using your own health insurance to cover medical bills.  In some cases, people may even have “medical payment coverage” as part of their own vehicle insurance, which may provide them with funds to pay medical bills.

    Part of our job is working with our clients to find solutions to problems like this. 

  • I Was Hurt In A Covington Area Truck Accident And The Driver’s Insurance Wants To Record My Statement. What Should I Do?

    After a wreck with a big truck, a representative of the truck’s insurance company may call you about the accident. They may tell you that they are investigating the accident and would like to take your recorded statement.  You should not give a statement to the other person’s insurance company.  
     
    Louisiana law does not require you to give a statement to the other person’s insurance company.  In most cases, one of the goals of the insurance adjuster is to get you on a recording saying that your injuries are not that bad.  Insurance adjusters receive lots of training on how to interview victims of truck accidents.  They use leading questions and oftentimes ask you to agree with them that you are not injured or that your injuries are not significant.  

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Pedestrian Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a pedestrian accident you need to speak with an experienced pedestrian 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.