You may have already discovered that the car insurance company is trying to provide you with a low-ball offer instead of fair compensation for your New Orleans accident. Lavis Law Firm can help you calculate and present your property damage and bodily injury claims including those for wage loss, loss of earning capacity and the not so easily quantifiable general damages claims for pain and suffering.
Lavis Law Firm is a car accident law firm that can help you with any applicable past, present and future medical bills and related healthcare and lost wages. While money cannot put you in the same condition you were in before the accident, money is what our judicial system provides for and can help provide you with a sense of closure so that you can move on with your life.
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.
Car Accidents in New Orleans can be complicated. Finding and reading the accident report can be just as complex. You can explore our accident report guide below and contact a New Orleans Car Accident Attorney at Lavis Law Firm. Call 504-834-4000 or Toll Free 1-866-558-9151 for a Free Consultation.
The information included in the accident report can significantly impact the amount of money you received for your injuries and property damage. The at fault insurance company will read through every word and will usually not even consider accepting responsibility for the accident until doing so to determine their driver was at fault for the accident. Don’t let the insurance company use the report against you. Contact us right now before you speak with the insurance company.
Louisiana law requires the NOPD investigating officer to file his crash report with the New Orleans Police Department within forty-eight hours after completing his investigation. The N.O.P.D Form 26 the New Orleans Police officer gave you at the scene of the accident is NOT the accident report. However, it contains key information for getting a copy of the report such as:
The N.O.P.D Form 26 is typically given to the parties involved in the accident by the investigating officer. Reports may be available 14-21 Working Days after the accident.
A copy may be obtained for a fee, via U.S. mail or from Police Headquarters, First Floor, Records and Identification Division, 715 S. Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119. If you plan on picking the report up from Police Headquarters, the office may have limited hours for pickup service so call them at 504-658-5455 before you go.
Alternatively, if you would like to order the accident online, you may be able to do so at buycrash.com
Insurance companies will try to find reasons to deny and delay paying your claim. Make sure the accident report is correct. Details matter. So, check your personal information and make sure your name, address, driver’s license number and exact date and time of your accident is correct.
Sometimes the investigating officer will fail to document your injury on the accident report and or even fail to list all of the passengers involved in the accident. If this happened to you, please contact us immediately as we have helped numerous clients resolve this issue.
Does the Report Show Your Injuries? Your Ambulance Service?
Page 1 contains Crash Specific Date, Roadway Location Information, Contributing Factors and Conditions and the Name of the Investigating Police Department and Emergency Services Information.
At the top of page 1, there are Data Entry Boxes for Work Zone, Hit and Run, Public Property Damage, Photos Made, RR Train Involved, Fatality, Pedestrian and Injury. At the bottom of the page, there are Data Entry Boxes for Ambulance and Rescue Unit. If these are marked with an “X”, that means “Yes”, otherwise they are not marked.
All of the other boxes are marked “Y” for Yes or “N” for No.
Contributing Factors and Conditions “Primary Factor” and “Secondary Factor” Section includes Violations, Movement Prior to Crash, Vision Obscurement, Condition of Driver, Vehicle Conditions, Road Surface, Roadway Condition, Lighting, Weather, Traffic Control Kind of Location, Condition of Pedestrian, and Pedestrian Action.
Vehicle Configuration is also a part of Page 1 and provides a key for the investigating officer uses to describe each vehicle involved such as Passenger Car, Bus, Truck, Tractor Semi-Trailer, Light Truck, Motorcycle, Bus, Van, School Bus, SUV etc. The appropriate corresponding letter from each key is used to describe the vehicle on the Vehicle/Pedestrian page(s). Lavis Law Firm has experience in handling accidents involving all of these vehicle types.
Emergency Services Section is used for describe the ambulance services used, for example, New Orleans EMS or Acadian Ambulance and provides sections for Time Called, Arrived at Scene, Departed Scene and Arrived Hospital. Many patients are taken to University Medical Center New Orleans, a Level I trauma center. Level I Trauma Center is capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury – from prevention through rehabilitation.
Both the investigating officer signs at the bottom of page 1 and the Supervising officers initials.
Are Your Injury and Injury Codes Listed?
Page 2 contains information about one Vehicle/Pedestrian’s involved in the accident and includes identifying information about the pedestrian or vehicle, driver and/or owner of that vehicle as well as VIN Number, Name, Address, License Number, Date of Birth, Insurance Information and severity of the Injury sustained (No Injury, Possible/Complaint, Non-Incapacitating/Moderate, Incapacitating/Severe or Fatality). If the investigating officer omitted your injury on the accident report, contact us immediately as we have helped numerous clients resolve this issue.
Truck/Bus Crash Data section is completed for all vehicles involved in the crash that are being used for Commerce/Business and have a gross vehicle weight rating/ gross combined weight rating in excess of 10,000 pounds OR is displaying or should be displaying a Hazardous Materials Placard OR is a vehicle with seating for 9 or more occupants including the driver. Lavis Law Firm has considerable experience with both Truck and Bus Accidents.
Who Was At Fault? Who Got the Ticket? Was the Reporting Officer Wrong?
Page 3 has a Contributing Factors and Conditions Section. A Contributing Factors and Conditions Section is also completed for each Vehicle and Pedestrian involved including, Vision Obscurements, Condition of Driver/Pedestrian, and Sequence of Events/Harmful Events, Violation, Driver Distraction, Reason For Movement, Movement Prior To Crash, Traffic Control, Pedestrian Action, Vehicle Condition, Vehicle Lighting, Traffic Control Conditions, Alcohol/Drug Involvement, Direction Before Crash, Final Location, Distance Travelled, Posted Speed, Estimated Speed, Skidmark Data and Damage to Vehicle and Citations Issued.
The section dealing with contributing factors is important for each vehicle involved. An insurance company will use this information when deciding fault and how much your case is worth. Make sure you agree with the officer’s description of your accident. If you do not, contact us. We may be able to overcome this obstacle.
Additional pages will be needed depending on the accident including vehicle/pedestrian form for each vehicle and pedestrian involved as well as forms for additional occupants, railroad or streetcar, supplemental narrative, diagram and/or written statement from a driver or witness, if applicable. The included pages are numbered consecutively.
Art. 3492 provides: Delictual actions are subject to a liberative prescription of one year. This prescription commences to run from the day injury or damage is sustained. It does not run against minors or interdicts in actions involving permanent disability and brought pursuant to the Louisiana Products Liability Act or state law governing product liability actions in effect at the time of the injury or damage.
However, keep in mind La. R.S. 9:5629 provides: Actions for the recovery of damages sustained in motor vehicle accidents brought pursuant to Uninsured Motorist provisions in motor vehicle insurance policies are prescribed by two years reckoning from the date of the accident in which the damage was sustained.
The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person or property damage in excess of five hundred dollars shall:
The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person or total property damage to an apparent extent of one hundred dollars or more shall, within twenty-four hours after the accident, forward a written report of the accident to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Any person who violates the provisions of this Subsection may be imprisoned for not more than sixty days or fined not more than one hundred dollars, or both. Call New Orleans Car accident attorneys at Lavis Law Firm if you need help with reporting your accident.
The minimum liability insurance coverage allowed under Louisiana law is $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. It is important to file promptly. You may need:
Most of this information if found in the police report. Make sure to seek medical attention even if you only sustained minor injuries. Otherwise, the other persons insurance company will try to minimize your injuries and say you are not really hurt and therefore are not entitled to reasonable compensation.
According to the most recent national statistics, the number or car accidents with injuries are on the rise nationally with over 7,277,000 police-reported motor vehicle crashes. In these crashes, over 37,461 people died and over 3,144,000 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 a New Orleans car accident lawyer at 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:
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:
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
There are Louisiana insurance requirements:
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 2018, there were 45,939 injury crashes involving 74,879 injuries and 713 fatal crashes with 763 related fatalities. There were also 117,029 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:
|Property Damage |
|St John The Baptist||13||420||826||1,259||725||13|
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
When car accidents in New Orleans occur, some of the most common injuries that are known to result include the following:
● Broken ribs, which occur when a person’s body is jolted as a result of an accident or hit with force.
● Herniated discs, which occur when one or more of a person’s discs in the vertebrae rupture or shift location.
● Internal bleeding, which is life-threatening if not treated immediately following an accident.
● Post-traumatic stress disorder, which includes the emotional and mental hardships that a person faces following a car accident.
● Psychological pain, which can include a number of different types of mental distress following an accident.
● Scrapes and cuts, which occur when a person’s body strikes an object following a vehicle collision.
● Traumatic brain injuries, which are particularly serious and occur when a person’s head strikes an object following an accident.
● Whiplash, which occurs after a person’s neck and head move quickly in a back and forth motion. Frequently, whiplash results in strained muscles and soft tissue damage.
No matter how you are injured, a skilled accident attorney can help you pursue the compensation that you deserve.
The amount of damages recoverable by a plaintiff are reduced in proportion to the degree or percentage of negligence attributable to the plaintiff suffering the injury.
If we can help you in any way, do not hesitate to contact us . The evaluation of your case is free. There is no cost and no obligation. Let Lavis Law Firm get you the money you deserve. Submit your free case evaluation today. If you prefer, you may contact us at toll free 1–866–558–9151 for your free evaluation.
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