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New Orleans Car Accidents

If you suffered personal injuries or property damage in a car accident, you may be facing important legal deadlines. Lavis Law Firm will discuss your claim with you immediately. If we agree to handle your case, we will do so on a contingency fee basis. No fee or costs are owed if there is no recovery. You only pay if we win your case. For a FREE CASE REVIEW, contact a New Orleans auto accident attorney at 504-834-4000 or complete our online form.


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Click onto the interactive map above and you will see the location of the accident, date the accident was initially reported, if the accident was with initially reported with injury etc..  The map shows reported accidents in New Orleans in 2018.  The orange areas are where accidents happen more frequently.  If you zoom in and drag your mouse or finger over the orange dots, you will see more detail about each reported accident.



According to the most recent national statistics, the number or car accidents with injuries are on the rise nationally with over 6,296,000 police-reported motor vehicle crashes.   In these crashes, over 37,461 people died and over 2,443,000 were injured.  In addition to the physical damage and traumatic injuries, these car accidents can be devastating both emotionally and financially.  If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by some else’s negligence, let Lavis Law Firm deal with the insurance companies and related litigation so you do not have to.  We can help you recover your lost wages, hospital and medical bills and funeral costs if the accident involved the death of a loved one.



Charles Lavis Jr and Lavis Law Firm recognize your most immediate problems following an automobile accident with injuries include the following:

  • Past and future lost wages so you can pay your day to day bills;
  • Emergency room, hospital and other medical bills that may have been placed in collections as well future medical bills;
  • Funeral expenses

Preparing a strong case can be difficult but is very important.  You will need to gather and submit all medical, wage, photos, videos and other supporting documents to establish a successful claim and get a fair auto accident settlement.  Charles Lavis has over two decades of experience with car accident claims.  He will work with your medical providers and the insurance companies so you can focus on your recovery.  In evaluating your claim, the insurance company file review will include the following:

  • Records and bills from the hospital, treating doctors and other medical providers;
  • Statements given at the accident scene by those involved in the accident, the witnesses and the reporting police officer as well as body cam video and any other statements;
  • Photographs of the accident scene, damage to vehicles and of injuries sustained;
  • Medicaid, Medicare, child support and other liens;


The insurance company’s goal is to give you the lowest possible settlement.  Therefore, you should hire a car accident lawyer to help!  Lavis Law will work to recover for your personal injuries and property damage caused by another person’s negligence.

Lavis Law firm represents clients in New Orleans, on the Westbank in Metairie and Kenner and throughout Louisiana.  If your accident involves a car, motorcycle or truck and was caused by someone else’s negligence reach out to us by calling, texting or chatting online.  We take cases that include, but are not limited to, the following:



If you suffered personal injuries or property damage in a car accident, you may be facing important legal deadlines.  Lavis Law Firm will discuss your claim with you immediately.  If we agree to handle your case, we will do so on a contingency fee basis.  No fee or costs are owed if there is no recovery.  You only pay if we win your case.    For a FREE CASE REVIEW, contact a New Orleans auto accident attorney at 504-834-4000 or complete our online form


Louisiana Insurance Requirements:

There are Louisiana insurance requirements:

  1. Liability Insurance. Under Louisiana law, drivers are required to carry minimum liability insurance coverage.  This coverage pays for property damages or personal injury for which you may be legally responsible, up to your policy’s dollar limits. In Louisiana, each vehicle is required to have at least 15/30/25 liability limits. Those limits provide payments of $15,000 for bodily injury to one person, $30,000 for bodily injury to more than one person in a single accident, and $25,000 coverage for damage to someone else’s vehicle or other property;


  1. Uninsured motorist. About 13% (1 in eight) of Louisiana drivers are uninsured.  Accordingly, Louisiana has a mandatory uninsured/underinsured motorist law (UM/UIM).  UM/UIM coverage can be waived with a properly executed waiver, but this move is typically a bad choice and is not recommended by car accident lawyers. UM/UIM pays benefits to you if your car is hit by a driver who has no insurance or too little insurance to pay for the full amount of your injuries. If you have Uninsured/ Underinsured Motorist coverage, any bodily injury you or an occupant of your vehicle suffers due to an accident caused by another driver is covered under this policy. Hit-and-run drivers may be classified as uninsured motorists, but it helps if there is a disinterested witness to the accident.


  1. Comprehensive and Collison (may be required by your lender). Comprehensive insurance usually covers falling objects, flood, fire, explosion, vandalism and theft.  Collision insurance covers damage to your car that results from an accident regardless of who is at fault and is usually required by banks and lenders if you still owe money on the car.


Louisiana Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics:

Drivers and their passengers are injured every day on Louisiana roads and highways.  You may be a safe driver but you cannot always control for the negligent acts of other drivers.

Unfortunately, according to a 2018 Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Traffic Safety data, in 2017, there were 47,128 injury crashes involving 75,982 injuries and 639 fatal crashes with 697 related fatalities.  There were also 117,151 property damage only crashes.  The breakdown of Louisiana car accidents by the Parishes in the New Orleans Metropolitan Statistical areas is in the table below:


2017 New Orleans Metropolitan Statistical Area Crash Data: By Type of Crash, Injuries and Fatalities


Fatal CrashesInjury CrashesProperty Damage Only CrashesTotal CrashesTotal Injuries

Total Fatalities

St. Bernard029279810904750
St. Charles7444113715887277
St. John the Baptist7447112470574477
St. Tammany29150155277057222729
All Louisiana Parishes6394712811715116491875982697

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Furthermore, according to a 2019 study, there is a spike in reported New Orleans Car Accidents in the two weeks before Mardi Gras.

According to the Louisiana Highway Research Safety Group, the most common contributing factors to the accidents with injuries and fatalities include:

  • Alcohol & Drug Impaired-Driving
  • Unbelted Passengers
  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving – texting,
  • Aggressive driving – in addition to speeding above- aggressive driving includes failure to yield, following too closely, cutting in/improper passing, disregarding traffic control, careless operation


Distracted Driving Accidents

While cell phone use and texting are the most common distractions, any activity that takes the driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the wheel or mind off of driving is a distraction. In the most recent survey, 2,413 accidents happen every year in Louisiana due to distracted cell phone use.

There are three main types of distractions:

Visual– taking your eyes off the road (cell phones, GPS, looking in the mirror etc)
Manual– taking your hands off the wheel (cell phones, eating and drinking, fiddling with the music or A/C)
Cognitive– taking your mind off what you are doing (cell phones, GPS, talking to passengers, pets in the car, speaking with visible headsets on).
Louisiana law says:

  • New drivers with “learner’s” or “intermediate” licenses are prohibited from using cell phones while driving in Louisiana.
  • Louisiana also has a statewide ban on the use of wireless devices for writing, sending or reading text-based communications while driving, regardless of age.
  • If you’re driving through a school zone during posted hours, it is against the law to use your cell phone or other mobile device for any reason.

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, call the police and seek immediate medical treatment.  Keep in mind that you may be facing important legal deadlines.  Lavis Law Firm is available for a free case review for distracted driving accidents.


Texting and Using Social Media While Driving Accidents

Louisiana personal injury lawyer Charles Lavis Jr represents people who are injured or have suffered the loss of a family member due to the negligence of another person texting or using social media while driving.  Texting and using social media while driving is particularly distracting because it involves all three types of distractions-Visual, Manual and Cognitive.  There are hefty Louisiana fines for texting and using social media while driving that range from up to $500 for the first violation and up to $1,000 for each violation thereafter.

What you can do to combat texting and using social media while driving:

  • Refuse to message friends and family when you know they are driving.
  • Pull over to a safe place to make phone calls or send a message.
  • Model good driving behaviors for children and other drivers


If you have been injured because of texting and driving, contact Lavis Law Firm for a free case review. Please be advised that you may be facing important legal deadlines so don’t delay.


February, 2018

“Hi I was involved in a car accident July 30th 2017 after doing some research I decided to choose attorney Charles, after 6 months my case was already complete. Attorney Charles is one of the best attorneys I have ever picked. he’s very Hands-On and get the job done. He was more than an attorney, he made me feel comfortable and welcome. I was very pleased with the outcome of my case and will definitely recommend seeing Attorney Charles. If you want a lawyer thats hands on, that communicates with you no matter what day of the week it is, then this is the attorney for you😊”

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