Not-At-Fault Car Accidents
New Orleans attorney John S. Williams can help hold the at-fault driver accountable
You follow the rules of the road. You’re considerate and care about other drivers. That’s why car accidents caused by someone else can be so frustrating. In an instant, another driver can cause a collision that leaves you seriously injured. Suddenly, you might need extensive medical treatment for your bodily injury. You might not be able to work for several weeks or months or perhaps even long.
You didn’t do anything wrong. You shouldn’t have to pay for another driver’s mistakes. New Orleans car accident lawyer John S. Williams can work with you to hold the driver who caused your crash accountable for their actions. Attorney Williams and his legal team at The Law Offices of John S. Williams know exactly what to do. That’s because attorney Williams has more than 15 years of experience dealing with many different types of car accidents.
It isn’t simply his experience that makes him stand out. Accident lawyer John S. Williams truly cares about his clients. He believes strongly in fighting for social justice and civil rights. If another driver has caused your car accident, attorney Williams will work tirelessly to find the evidence you need to demand the financial compensation you deserve.
What is a not-at-fault accident?
Car insurance companies, accident investigators and others responsible for determining who caused a car accident involving two or more vehicles generally classify the drivers in one of two ways – the at-fault driver and the not-at-fault driver.
This might seem straightforward, especially if you know the other driver was clearly at-fault. Proving that another driver caused your accident can be challenging, especially if the other driver claims they didn’t do anything wrong. That’s why it’s critical that you have an experienced car accident attorney on your side, investigating your crash.
Is Louisiana a no-fault car insurance state?
No. Louisiana is an at-fault state when it comes to car accident claims. As a result, the at-fault driver’s insurance company is responsible for paying for the accident-related expenses (often referred to as “damages”) for the other driver.
Because Louisiana is an at-fault (“tort”) state, the insurance company for the at-fault driver will often do everything it can to prove that their driver did not cause the accident. This may include hiring investigators or attorneys to find evidence proving that the other driver caused the crash.
A car accident attorney can help you set the record straight. They can conduct their own independent investigation. They can make sure the facts are clearly presented and that the at-fault driver and their insurance company are held accountable for your accident.
Who determines who is at fault in a car accident?
After the police investigate your accident, many different people and companies will often offer their opinion about who was at fault in your car accident, including:
- The at-fault driver’s insurance company
- The attorney or attorneys working for the at-fault driver’s insurance company
- Your insurance company
If you hire an accident attorney to represent you after your crash, you can be part of the conversation about who was at fault in your accident. Your attorney be your voice with other lawyers or insurance company claim adjusters. Your lawyer can present your case based on facts and evidence, including the investigating police officer’s accident report, eyewitness testimony, if possible, and expert analysis, in certain cases.
How much is my car accident claim worth?
Each at-fault car accident is different. As a result, how much each one is worth can vary widely depending on many different factors, including the severity of your injuries, how much time you need to recover from your accident and if you are unable to work during your recovery.
The bottom line is you can and should be compensated for all accident-related expenses. This includes any expenses immediately after your accident, as well as any injury-related expenses you can reasonably expect for the rest of your life. This may include:
- Ambulance fees
- Emergency medical care
- Surgical procedures
- Diagnostic medical tests
- Physical therapy
- Follow-up doctor’s appointments
- Prescription medications
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs
- Replacement income during your recovery
- Lost future income, if you cannot return to work
- Pain and suffering, in certain circumstances
All these expenses can and should be considered when determining your car accident settlement claim. Unfortunately, many insurance companies representing the at-fault driver often try to do the exact opposite. They try to keep accident claims as low as possible or even try to deny legitimate injury claims altogether.
We take a different approach at the Law Offices of John S. Williams. We thoroughly investigate each case we handle. We then present the facts to the at-fault insurance company. Many agree to cooperate and negotiate a fair settlement offer. If they refuse, we will not hesitate to file a car accident lawsuit on your behalf. We’re serious about winning your case.
Get the legal help you need after your New Orleans car accident. Contact us.
The clock is running after your New Orleans car accident. In Louisiana, you only have one year from the date of your car crash to file a lawsuit or take other legal action. That deadline (known as the statute of limitations) is one of the shortest in the country. Even then, the longer you wait to take legal action, the harder it often becomes to find the evidence you need to build the strongest possible legal case.
Demand the money you deserve. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation today. New Orleans accident attorney John S. Williams understands the urgency of your case. That’s why he wants to get to work right away after your crash. Schedule an appointment at our law firm. We’re conveniently located on Canal Street near the French Quarter in the heart of New Orleans.