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