New Orleans Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

Can you get compensation for an accident in a rental car?

Whether for a holiday or a business trip, you may be likely to rent a vehicle during your travels for various reasons. Rental companies can already be a nuisance to deal with, but this is especially true if you get into an accident while in your rental vehicle, even if it was not your fault.

You may wonder if you can still receive financial compensation in this situation. The answer is yes, though it can be more challenging due to the parties involved. These are some of the ways you may be able to obtain compensation.

What makes a car safe or dangerous?

If you turn on the TV, you do not have to watch very long before seeing an ad for a new car boasting all of the latest safety features. Every new car on the market seems to introduce some new safety innovation that the manufacturer claims will revolutionize driving as we know it. What is it that makes a car safe or dangerous? There are many possible answers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration heads the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards that vehicle manufacturers must follow in the U.S. with the goal of preventing traffic accidents. Compliance with these and other general features may inform a car's overall safety, including the following three factors.

How does law enforcement determine fault in an accident?

It is human nature to resist admitting guilt in a contentious situation. Few situations are more contentious than a car accident, and indeed, it is common for both drivers involved to place blame on the other. For the driver who was not at fault, this can be an intensely stressful situation, but law enforcement will typically consider the crash and determine fault based on a few different criteria. The following are three factors that law enforcement take into consideration when assessing who is at fault in an auto accident. It is important to remember that insurance companies conduct separate investigations and may assign fault differently than law enforcement.

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Most dangerous road in Louisiana

When you get behind the wheel, you are taking a risk regardless of where you are driving. Driving is often cited as the most dangerous form of transportation, when compared to flying or taking a train.

A U.S. Bureau of Transportation report noted that the chance of a car accident fatality for drivers comes in at 1 in 114, while for passengers the number is a bit less severe, at 1 in 654. In addition, each state has different rates of risk and hazard when it comes to their individual roadways.

Three common mistakes motorcyclists make after accidents

Getting into an accident on your motorcycle is always a possibility no matter how safe and responsible you are as a rider. Plus, you are more likely to suffer injuries in a crash because you do not have the benefit of being in an enclosed vehicle. 

Because of this, it is important to know exactly what you should do after a collision. Making errors can reduce your chances of receiving compensation for your injuries. Here are the mistakes you should avoid if you crash your bike.

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?

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