What to Do After a Car Accident
Obtaining the help of an attorney after being injured will help you get the best possible compensation for your claim. Though insurance companies may seem like they have your best interests in mind, it is important to remember that they are, first and foremost, seeking profit. Initial offers are usually lower than you deserve, offered in the hope that you will settle for as little as possible.
With the help of an attorney, you'll be able to pursue damages for the full amount you need. Compensation may be obtained for property damage, lost wages, medical bills, and other hardships experienced after a car accident. An experienced attorney will be prepared to take an insurance company to court if negotiations fail.
Damages that may be sought after a car accident include:
- Medical bills incurred by the accident
- Future medical costs that will be required for the health of the plaintiff
- Physical and mental pain and suffering caused by the accident
- The loss of wages due to the inability to work
- The wrongful death of a spouse, parent, or child
What Injuries Happen During a Car Accident?
In just a few short moments, a car accident can leave you with a catastrophic injury. Catastrophic injuries are injuries that permanently change a person’s cognitive or physical function. When these serious injuries are caused by negligence, the survivor shouldn't be expected to deal with the consequences on their own—compensation is owed to them.
Injuries caused in Lafayette car accidents include:
- Blunt force trauma
- Neck and back injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Scarring & disfigurement
- Spinal cord injuries
- Burn injuries
Lafayette Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Louisiana residents are no strangers to motorcycle accidents. According to data collected by the Governors Highway Safety Association, 83 people lost their lives in fatal accidents involving motorcycles in 2014. About 1 in 10 auto collisions in Louisiana involve a motorcycle. In Lafayette, motorcycle accidents happen with alarming frequency. Lafayette Parish ranks among the worst parishes in Louisiana for motorcycle fatalities.
On August 14, 2018, a fatal motorcycle accident occurred that involved two automobiles and one motorcycle. After a truck struck a smaller compact car, it was forced into the path of a motorcyclist. The safety restraints in both large vehicles ensured that both drivers sustained no injuries. However, the motorcyclist lost his life. This accident emphasizes the heightened danger that motorcyclists face each time they take to the roads.
Thousands of riders are drawn to the freedom the two-wheeled vehicles offer. Unfortunately, the very thing that offers freedom also threatens their well-being. Each year, thousands of accidents happen involving motorcycles. In fact, the NHTSA has research that focuses on motorcycle accidents to promote safer roads for riders.
In 2016, the NHTSA found the following:
- 5,268 motorcycle riders lost their lives.
- 14% of all fatalities were motorcyclists, but only 3% of registered vehicles were motorcycles.
- Motorcyclists travel 0.6% of the nation’s total mileage and are 6 times more likely to be in an accident.
What Causes a Motorcycle Accident?
Motorcycle accidents are dangerous because riders have virtually no protection. With two wheels and no restraints, motorcycles become less stable in dangerous situations and offer little safety equipment. An accident that would be minor for a car can be deadly for someone riding a motorcycle.
Motorcycle accidents are commonly caused by the following:
- Left Turn Accidents
Motorists often fail to see or misjudge the speed of a motorcycle. When they turn in front of a motorcycle, motorists are essentially putting a brick wall in the rider’s path.
- Blind Spots
Motorcycles are small. This means that they often “hide” in the blind spots of other motor vehicles. If drivers are not vigilant about looking for motorcyclists, they could cause a collision.
- Lane Splitting
Motorcyclists often use the small size and agility of their bike to ride between lanes. Motorists who change lanes without signaling in front of lane-splitting motorcycles can cause a crash.
- Road Hazards
Unfortunately, road conditions that are minor for cars are serious hazards for motorcycles. Something as simple as a pothole can cause a devastating accident for a motorcycle. Other road hazards include gravel, roadkill, ice, water, and snow.
Lafayette Bus Accident Attorneys
Buses are efficient forms of transportation that are capable of transporting dozens of people at a time for reasonable costs. However, when accidents happen involving buses, the same quality that makes them affordable also makes them incredibly dangerous. When a bus accident occurs, dozens of people are placed at risk of injury and, in the worst cases, death.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, bus crashes account for 11.9 percent of all fatal accidents on the highway. If you or a loved one were injured or harmed in a bus accident, Arnold & Itkin LLP can help you get back on your feet. Our firm has won hundreds of life-changing settlements and verdicts of $1 million or more, helping our clients get the resources and medical care they needed. With total results numbering in the billions of dollars, people know us as the firm that delivers. Arnold & Itkin will fight to make sure that at-fault companies and insurers are held responsible for your losses.
Causes of Bus Accidents
Bus crash injuries are caused by a variety of factors. However, each of these factors have one root cause: negligence. When bus companies, car drivers, or manufacturers act (or fail to act) out of negligence, they place the lives of passengers and other motorists risk.
Common factors that cause serious bus accidents include:
- Distracted drivers
- Improper driver training
- Driving under the influence
- Poor bus maintenance
- Negligent driving
- Lack of safety restraints
School Bus Accidents in Lafayette
Lafayette has gained a reputation for its school bus accidents in recent years. In fact, so many happened between 2015 and 2018 that the Daily Advertiser did a report on them in April of 2018 after a school bus veered off the road.
The news outlet found the following statistics for bus accidents in Lafayette:
- There were 28 bus accidents in 2015.
- In 2016, the number of accidents spiked to 81.
- In 2017, the accident number was at 69.
- At the time of the report, 18 accidents had already occurred in Lafayette.
After a comprehensive review of these accidents, it was found that driver error was the most common cause of them. It was determined that a lack of adequate training was the source of many of the errors made by school bus drivers in the Lafayette area. This means that inexperience places students of Lafayette, and all who share the road with school buses in the area, at risk of serious injury.
Injured in a Lafayette Motor Vehicle Accident? Call for the Help You Need.
Vehicle accidents happen every single day—endangering drivers, passengers, and pedestrians throughout the Lafayette area. While some of these accidents are fender benders, causing minor property damage and little else, others can be truly catastrophic. If you have been involved, or you have a loved one who was affected, by a serious auto accident, we encourage you to get our involvement as soon as possible.
We provide powerful legal help to individuals injured in motor vehicle accidents such as:
Why You Need a Lafayette Car Accident Lawyer from Arnold & Itkin
At Arnold & Itkin, our personal injury lawyers believe that no person should have to suffer because of someone else's negligence. If you have been injured in a car accident, recovery is possible. All you need is a free consultation with our Lafayette car crash lawyers. You don't need to deal with lost wages, medical bills, or physical or mental pain. Our lawyers can advocate for your needs in the negotiation room or the courtroom. By doing this for thousands of other people, we have been able to successfully secure billions of dollars in settlements and verdicts—and we are ready to do the same for you.
The Benefits of Choosing Arnold & Itkin
- Billions of dollars recovered for clients.
- Attorneys that have broken records with results in multiple states.
- Many of our cases have seen results of at least $1 million.
- We have been recognized for our work with prestigious legal awards.
- Consultation is free, and you do not pay unless we win.
Call today for a free consultation at (888) 493-1629. Our legal team is ready to hear your story. If we take your case, you do not pay any fees unless we deliver the results you deserve.