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Top 5 reasons to hire an attorney after your accident

Having a car wreck in Louisiana is not pleasant. At best, you face the hassle of dealing with your insurance company to get your car repaired. At worst, you or one of your passengers could suffer a catastrophic injury or even lose your life. Or one of the other drivers could sue you for allegedly causing the accident.

Whatever the results of your wreck, this is no time to go it alone. An attorney can make your post-accident life much easier, and these are the top five reasons why you should hire one.

What you should do immediately after an accident

We are now at the height of Louisiana’s tourist season. Out-of-state visitors are flocking to our beaches and other attractions. While this is great for our economy, the downside is that we have more vehicles on our highways, roads and streets. More vehicles mean more accidents. If you find yourself involved in an auto wreck this summer, knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what you should do.

The first thing you should do is stay where you are until law enforcement officers appear on the scene and say you can leave. If you leave too soon, they could charge you with leaving the scene or hit-and-run.

Clever apps that will assist you following a vehicle crash

Even a car accident as minor as a fender-bender can leave you rattled and confused about what to do next.

First steps are instinctive: Check yourself and your passengers for any injuries, and call 911 if necessary. As to next steps, here are four clever mobile apps that can help you in the aftermath of an accident:

Why you never want to take cash after an auto accident

Car crashes can occur to anybody. Recently, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker and former LSU player Kendell Beckwith sustained injuries in a collision and will now have to miss out on a significant part of offseason. 

After a car crash, you may feel anxious about having to go through your insurance. That is exactly the moment when the other driver offers to pay for the damages with cash. You may think this is a great gift, but for something as complex as car crashes, you always want to go through insurance. This is especially true if the other driver was clearly most negligent. 

2 mistakes some drivers make after a serious car accident

To err is human, but some mistakes can be costlier than others. In fact, when you have suffered injuries in a serious car accident, you are likely juggling many issues such as how to pay for medical bills, whether your spouse can handle the increased workload at home while helping you and if you will have a job when or if you recover.

There is so much to think about, and it is time to cut through all the clutter and get straight to the heart of the matter. What are some common and costly mistakes drivers make after a car accident?

5 tips for avoiding car accidents

The impact of a car accident can be profound. Medical bills, time off from work and rising insurance premiums may put you in a bind. While auto wrecks happen unexpectedly, you can take some steps to prevent them.

By avoiding motor vehicle collisions, you keep yourself safe and save money. Here are some ways to stay as safe as possible on the road.

The biggest mistakes you can make after a car accident

Reducing the number of traffic-related fatalities is a primary mission for Louisiana law enforcement. In 2016 alone, 757 died on Louisiana roadways. 

If you become involved in a traffic collision, no matter how severe it may be, you need to contact your local law enforcement and get in touch with your auto insurance provider as soon as possible. One mistake could negatively impact your claim. 

Targeted by road rage? Quick thinking may make the difference

If you are like many drivers in Louisiana and elsewhere, you might have been on the receiving end of another driver’s frustration once or twice. Whether you accidentally cut someone off or were driving too slowly in the fast lane, someone might have signaled their irritation with a honked horn, middle finger or cutting you off in response. However, what if the other driver took his or her frustration to a more dangerous level?

When a driver becomes angry enough to try to harm another person, it is road rage. As you might expect, it is dangerous and terrifying to be the target of someone’s rage. It is also becoming increasingly common in today’s busy and stressful world. According to the American Safety Council, in a seven-year period, there were 12,610 injuries and 218 murders resulting from road rage. The following statistics also pertain to road rage and aggressive driving:

  • 37 percent of incidents involving aggressive drivers include a firearm
  • About half of those targeted by an angry driver respond aggressively themselves
  • Authorities believe 66 percent of traffic fatalities include driver aggression

Basics of car accident damages in Louisiana

If you sustained injuries in a car crash, obtaining proper compensation can help you stay above water as you face increased expenses and lessened earning power.

The first thing you should know is that you can recover damages even if you were also at fault. Louisiana takes a pure comparative fault approach. This means even if you bear 90 percent of the responsibility for the accident, you can still recover 10 percent of your damages. Determination of fault can be a complicated issue, so you should avoid assuming or admitting you were at fault.

How distractions and cellphone use make you a dangerous driver

You may think because you have a good driving history, you are among the safest motorists on the roads in New Orleans. Though your driving record is a good indicator of risk to your insurer, it does not necessarily reflect an accurate picture of how safe or risky of a driver you really are. 

Alcohol, medications, distractions, road conditions, traffic and motorist behavior are all factors that can affect your safety when you are in the driver’s seat. To better understand the dangers you face when you are driving, consider the following information on car accidents and how your actions can lead to injury and death. 

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