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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. 

5 steps you should take after a motorcycle accident

Do you plan for the worst every time you get onto your motorcycle? Whether you are taking a quick trip to the store or riding on the open road for hours, you should know what to do if you ever get into a collision. Hopefully you already wear protective gear and know how to avoid a crash, but an accident can occur no matter what, even to the most skilled motorcyclists. 

What if a negligent driver cuts you off and causes a wreck? You do not want to be stuck somewhere with a motorcycle you cannot ride. Here is what you should do in this situation. 

What role do personal injury attorneys play after car accidents?

Even with advances in technology, car accidents are still prevalent. The Association for Safe International Road Travel estimates that nearly 37,000 Americans die each year as a result of vehicle collisions.

Many accidents do not result in fatalities and can be resolved amicably between the drivers and insurance companies. However, occasionally an attorney needs to be brought into the mix to resolve pressing matters. A personal injury attorney can represent a hurt driver in court, but there are many other roles a lawyer can have.

What you should do after you are in an accident

There are certain steps you should take following a vehicle accident, and one of them is to collect various pieces of information. While a traffic accident is very stressful, even if it is only a fender bender, you must be prepared to deal with the aftermath in as calm and organized a manner as possible. Here are the basics about what to do and what not to do after the accident. 

Always stop and make calls

Where do most vehicle accidents occur

In 2015, Louisiana residents traveled 48,180,000 miles. There were 674 fatal crashes with 726 deaths. Pedestrians and bicyclists made up about 19 percent of these deaths. The majority of fatalities occurred in cars, pickups and SUVs, as reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute. Although there is no surefire method of avoiding all accidents, when you know where and when the majority of accidents occur, you can be more aware of your driving.

 

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