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Loss of companionship may be legitimate factor in civil claim

Loss of companionship and financial stress is a genuine source of concern for those who have lost a loved one in a fatal accident. The emotional impact of the death of a family member will last a lifetime and may include depression, psychological suffering and ongoing grief. These are the serious effects of loss of companionship and may be a relevant factor in a wrongful death claim for monetary damages.

Many accidents are caused by reckless and dangerous actions by Louisiana drivers. Drunk driving, texting behind the wheel and speeding are just some examples of the negligent behaviors that can cause serious injuries to others sharing the road. If the accident that claimed the life of your loved one was caused by any of the above factors, a wrongful death claim may be an option. 

Louisiana man facing drunk driving charges after fatal accident

A Louisiana man is facing criminal charges for drunk driving after a fatal accident. A man died due to severe brain trauma after the tractor he was driving was struck by another vehicle. He was driving the tractor after taking part in parades in Jefferson Parish shortly before the fatal accident. 

Louisiana law enforcement officials who investigated the accident determined that the driver who struck the tractor was responsible for the accident and that he was drunk at the time of the collision. After receiving treatment for minor injuries, he was then taken into police custody. The man was charged with vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated. 

After a fatal accident, how long should you wait to file a claim?

After a fatal accident, there are many factors that can overwhelm the family left behind, including medical bills. If the fatal accident was caused by the actions of another driver, such as reckless or drunk driving, the family may consider a wrongful death claim to seek compensation for financial and emotional damages. While filing a civil claim is often a legitimate legal option, there are time limits dictated by Louisiana law that could affect the possibility of compensation. 

The statute of limitations is the amount of time that an individual or family has to file a civil claim. The actual length of time will differ on the details of the case, such as if the injured or deceased victim is a minor. Speaking with a personal injury attorney familiar with Louisiana laws will determine the amount of time available to a family, as well as identify the next steps that should be taken. 

The deadly impact of texting while driving in Louisiana

Louisiana drivers are well aware of the risk of texting while driving. Despite the statistics and campaigns encouraging drivers to put down their phones, distracted driving is still one of the leading causes of car accidents. Although texting while driving is a prevalent cause of many accidents, many victims and families are unaware that they could be eligible for financial compensation after an accident. 

Texting, talking on the phone or even surfing Facebook are some of the leading types of distracted driving. When the driver is engaging in these behaviors, the risk of an accident increases 23 times higher than if the driver was paying full attention to the roadway. When texting and driving results in serious injuries to others or claims the life of another motorist, the accident victim or the family of deceaaed victims may seek compensation for their financial and emotional pain and suffering. 

Lawsuit filed against law enforcement agency after car accident

A Louisiana man has filed a lawsuit against the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office after a car accident. The man alleges that one of the department's employees caused the car accident, which resulted in pain and suffering, disability and more. The injured man is seeking compensation for his expenses associated with the crash, including loss of income and emotional duress. 

The lawsuit states that the collision occurred when a police car failed to yield and made a left hand turn in front of him. The patrol car caused damage to the vehicle that the man needed for his exterminator business, which he claims affected his ability to work and make an income. The complaint states that the driver of the police car is completely to blame for the collision. 

Why you need legal help after a drunk driving accident

Have you been injured in a drunk driving accident, or has a drunk driver caused the death of a loved one? If so, you and your family could be eligible to pursue a claim for financial damages. Sadly, some Louisiana drunk driving accident victims never reach out for help, failing to realize that they have legal options.

Victims who have suffered physically, financially or emotionally after a drunk driving accident should reach out for assistance immediately. With the proper help, a victim may be able to recover the financial losses resulting from medical bills, lost pay from work, rehabilitation costs and other applicable damages. There is no excuse for drunk driving, and we strive to hold liable drivers deemed responsible for the damages that they caused through their careless actions. 

Motorcycle accident claims the life of Metairie man

A motorcycle accident has the potential to cause serious injuries, or worse. This is simply because a bike offers no protection in a collision with the steel frame of larger vehicle. A Louisiana man recently involved in a motorcycle accident passed away from injuries suffered in a crash with a larger vehicle, underscoring the responsibility of safely sharing the roads with motorcycles. 

It seems that the accident occurred as the driver of the car merged onto I-10 into the same lane in which the motorcyclist was traveling.  The biker, unable to stop after the car came into the lane, hit the back of vehicle. Though he was wearing a helmet, he was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. 

What losses could be compensated after a car accident?

A car accident can have an impact on a victim and the victim's family for years to come. In addition to the physical suffering, the financial impact can also cause significant damage as bills and expenses accumulate. Victims of a car accident caused by another driver may seek compensation for damages, and it is generally helpful to understand which injuries and losses could be considered eligible for financial relief.

Various types of damages can result from a car accident, including medical bills and damage to the vehicle. Medical expenses are some of the most common difficulties suffered by Louisiana accident victims after a motor vehicle wreck. Additional losses may include ambulatory care, emotional pain and suffering, rehabilitation, permanent disability and loss of companionship -- in addition to other financial losses.

Factors that may contribute to a truck accident

Louisiana readers know that a truck accident can inflict serious damage. Understanding what may have caused a truck accident can help a victim and family determine if a claim for financial relief may be appropriate. Because truck drivers are often employed by large trucking companies with powerful insurance providers, it can be best to seek the advice and support of an experienced personal injury attorney after a serious truck accident. 

One of the reasons that truck accidents are so dangerous is because trucks weigh substantially more than standard passenger vehicles. Unfortunately, these smaller vehicles often bear the worst of the damage when involved in a collision with such a heavy and large vehicle. There are many reasons why these types of accidents occur, and innocent victims often pay the price for the negligence or even recklessness of a truck driver. 

Where to turn after a motorcycle accident

A motorcycle accident frequently results in serious injury, and victims may feel lost in the post-accident process. Bikers and passengers are especially prone to injury in a motorcycle accident because they are unshielded against an impact with another vehicle. When a Louisiana biker is injured due to the actions of another motorist, the victim may seek recompense through a personal injury claim. 

After a motor vehicle accident, it is normal for a motorist to file a claim with his or her insurance company in order to cover damages. In many cases, a Louisiana resident may find that insurance denies a claim or that a payout is not sufficient to cover post-accident needs. In this situation, a third-party injury claim may be an appropriate option for a victim and his or her family. 

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