Baton Rouge Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney
Baton Rouge Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers
Every driver in Louisiana has a duty to use reasonable care on the road. This includes not only following the “rules of the road,” but also paying attention and driving responsibly to help prevent accidents. When a driver fails to use reasonable care and an accident results, people injured in the crash often find themselves fighting an uphill battle against insurance companies.
If you have been hurt in a crash due to someone else’s negligence, you need to speak with our experienced motor vehicle accident lawyers as soon as possible. At Murphy Law Firm, our skilled legal team has a long track record of successfully recovering maximum compensation for crash victims throughout Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. Our attorneys will fight fiercely for every bit of compensation you deserve, including:
- Payment for past and future medical bills
- Money to repair or replace your vehicle
- Compensation for your lost wages if you had to take time off work
- Payment for a reduction in your earning potential if you cannot do the same work you did before the crash
- Compensation to account for the pain and suffering you have been put through
The insurance company may approach you with a quick car accident settlement offer immediately after the crash. Don’t be a victim twice. Let our dedicated Baton Rouge auto accident lawyers review the details of your claim for free. Contact us today to discuss how much your auto accident case is worth.
Types of Accident Claims We Handle
At Murphy Law Firm, our seasoned auto accident attorneys manage all types of crash injury cases, including:
- Accidents involving bicycles and pedestrians
- Crashes caused by defective auto parts
Our team will start by thoroughly investigating the cause of your crash so we can identify every possible source of compensation. We will also carefully track all of your expenses related to the accident to help determine what full and fair compensation should be in your case.
Protect Your Rights After a Motor Vehicle Accident
Whether it has been a few hours since your accident or a few weeks, it’s not too late to start protecting yourself, your family, and your legal interests. Here are steps you can take to do just that.
1. Gather information at the accident scene if you can.
Photographs, contact information for others involved in the accident, the names and telephone numbers of witnesses, or diagrams can all help you remember what happened. If you couldn’t gather this information at the scene, write down everything you can recall as soon as you’re able. The sooner you make a record, the easier it will be to preserve details that might fade from your memory with time.
2. Keep all your doctors’ appointments.
Prompt medical care after any accident helps ensure that you understand the full extent of your injuries and that you get proper treatment. See your doctor as soon as you can, and keep all your doctors’ appointments. These might include follow-up appointments, appointments for laboratory tests or imaging, and appointments with physical therapists or other rehabilitation specialists.
Some common car accident injuries, like “whiplash” injuries to the neck, may take a few days to become fully apparent. Contact your doctor promptly if you develop new or unexplained symptoms.
3. Work with an experienced lawyer who can protect your interests.
Recovering from serious injuries after a motor vehicle accident is more than a full-time job. Meanwhile, you may worry about how you’ll pay the bills if you can’t work, struggle to find transportation if your vehicle has been damaged, and scramble to find help around the house.
With all this on your plate, the last thing you need is to wade into the world of Louisiana motor vehicle accident and insurance law. That’s why it is essential to choose a lawyer you trust who will fight to protect your legal rights – especially when dealing with the insurance company.
Tips for Dealing with the Insurance Company After an Accident
How you communicate with your insurance company after any accident involving a motor vehicle can have a profound effect on your claim. Here are a few tips for dealing with insurers more effectively after an accident:
1. Contact your insurance company, but be brief.
Let your insurer know about the accident as soon as you can after it happens. When you do so, however, stick to the basic facts. Your insurance adjuster will likely want information about the day, time, and location of the accident, as well as what happened and how badly you are hurt.
Avoid giving estimations of the state of your health. “I think I’ll be fine in a few days” could be a troublesome statement if it turns out you’re more badly injured than you realize. Likewise, avoid taking or placing blame. Saying “I think it was my fault” could negatively affect your claim for compensation in the future.
2. Never give a statement without your lawyer present.
Your insurance company may ask you to give a statement about the accident and what happened. Do not do this without your lawyer present. Remember: Although your insurance adjuster or broker may seem genuinely concerned about your health and well-being, their job is to help the insurance company save as much money as it can. Any statement you give the insurance company will be used to this end. It’s best to refuse to give a statement without your lawyer.
3. Keep Louisiana’s “no pay, no play” rule in mind.
Louisiana’s “no pay, no play” rule prohibits anyone from recovering certain damages in a motor vehicle accident if that person doesn’t have coverage on his or her own vehicle. However, it’s helpful to know that in some situations, the “no pay, no play” rule doesn’t apply. For instance, if you have no auto insurance but you are struck by a hit-and-run driver, that driver can’t use the “no pay, no play” rule to prevent you from receiving coverage under his or her policy. Other exceptions may also apply, so it’s important to talk to a knowledgeable Louisiana car accident lawyer in order to understand how the rule applies in your specific situation.
Don’t Be a Victim Twice!
There’s probably nothing you could have done to avoid being injured in the crash. But you can avoid being taken advantage of by an insurance company that is more interested in its own bottom line than in your well-being.
Contact Murphy Law Firm today to schedule a free case consultation. We have successfully represented countless Baton Rouge residents after motor vehicle accidents, and we will bring the same dedication, experience, and perseverance to your case. We will also work with you on a contingency basis, so you won’t pay attorney’s fees unless we recover compensation for you.