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Answering Your Questions About Louisiana Motor Vehicle Accident Claims

When you have been injured in a major car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may not be sure where to turn. Addressing legal concerns is difficult when you are trying to recover from serious injuries.

At The Roach Law Firm, we have provided trusted legal advocacy in southwest Louisiana for more than 50 years. Below are answers to some of the questions we hear most frequently from our clients who were injured in a car accident. To get answers to more specific questions about your accident, reach out online or call our Lake Charles office at 866-613-5458.

Why do I need a lawyer after a car accident in Louisiana?

 Seeking legal guidance after a motor vehicle accident in Louisiana is crucial for several reasons:

  • Understanding your rights and legal options
  • Investigating the circumstances of the accident
  • Negotiating with insurance companies for fair compensation
  • Ensuring compliance with the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit

An experienced attorney can advocate for your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve.

What damages can I get after a motor vehicle accident in Louisiana?

In Louisiana, you are broadly entitled to both economic damages and noneconomic damages after a car accident. Economic damages include things like the value of the car replacement or repairs, medical expenses and lost wages. Noneconomic damages include things like your pain and suffering. For car accidents involving drugs or alcohol, you may be entitled to punitive damages, which are meant to punish the other driver for their actions.

Does fault matter in a car accident in Louisiana?

Fault in Louisiana car accidents is determined by a legal principle called “pure comparative fault,” where each party involved is assigned a percentage of fault based on their contribution to the accident.

How much does it cost to hire a lawyer after a car accident?

Typically, car accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis in Louisiana. This means that they only get paid if they successfully recover compensation for you. This arrangement allows accident victims to access legal representation without having to pay any upfront fees.

What if my insurance company wants to settle after a motor vehicle crash?

Generally speaking, if an insurance company is in a hurry to settle, you are probably due much more than they want to give. Once you sign a release, you cannot revisit your claim.

How much time do I have to file a claim after a car accident in Louisiana?

In Louisiana, the statute of limitations for filing a claim after a car accident is generally one year from the date of the accident.