Being involved in a motor vehicle collision can be traumatizing for a victim or -- in the event of a fatality -- for his or her surviving family members. Those crashes resulting from the negligence of others leave victims or their loved ones with the opportunity to file civil claims against the party deemed responsible. An individual who has been injured or lost a loved one in a car accident in Louisiana or elsewhere can seek guidance from an experienced attorney in order to gain a better understanding of what actions they may be able to take.
Many car accidents result from one party's negligence. Determining whether one was negligent involves several factors. For instance, one has to prove whether the party allegedly at fault failed to fulfill his or her legal duty of care. A breach of duty occurs when the responsible party either did or did not do something that a reasonable person would have done in the same situation.