Articles Posted in Car Accidents

car crashThere can be many different elements that go into achieving the legal outcome you need in your auto accident injury case. For some injured people, one of those elements is being allowed to pursue not only the other driver, but that driver’s employer. This option can be very important because many drivers may be individuals with limited assets and an auto insurance policy with a low policy limit. It is entirely possible that the harm you suffered exceeds the driver’s assets and the insurance policy’s limit. However, when your case also names an employer like a major national corporation, you have an improved chance of obtaining the full amount of damages that you proved. A knowledgeable New Orleans injury attorney can help you to provide the court with the proof and argument you need to establish this essential “vicarious liability.”

K.T. was a driver who found herself in this type of situation. She was driving in Lafayette when her vehicle was hit by another vehicle (the latter driven by V.B.). V.B. was headed home at the time of the accident, and she also received a citation for “failure to yield” as a result of the incident.

At this point, you might think that K.T. has a strong case against V.B., but that the only compensation K.T. could obtain would be from V.B. (and her insurer). K.T.’s case is an example of how in-depth legal knowledge can take you (and your case) further. A skilled advocate knows to “dig deeper” and the additional information unearthed may produce an even stronger case. In this accident, V.B. was only her way home from a training course that her supervisor recommended to her. That information led K.T.’s counsel to sue, not only V.B. but also V.B.’s employer (a major nationwide chain of pharmacies).

motorcycleIn the law, negligence exists when someone who had a duty did something they shouldn’t have done (or failed to do something they should have done), and that negligence was the reasonably foreseeable cause of the harm that ensued. All drivers on the road have a duty to everyone else on the road to operate their vehicle in a safe manner. When a driver fails to do so, such as speeding though congested traffic, then a crash with injuries or deaths is a foreseeable result. If you’ve been hurt by the negligence of someone behind the wheel, then you may be entitled to compensation. You should contact an experienced New Orleans auto accident attorney about your situation right away.

An accident from late June was just the latest fatal crash on Louisiana’s interstate highways. According to a wwltv.com report, traffic on eastbound I-10 had slowed in St. Charles Parish one Friday afternoon due to congestion. L.E., who was traveling “at a high rate of speed” according to the report, encountered the congestion but did not slow down in time. His SUV crashed into the rear of a pickup truck driven A. The impact was forceful enough that it knocked A’s pickup into the Harley Davidson motorcycle in front of him. Not only did the truck and the Harley hit, they collided with enough force that the impact pushed the bike into another pickup and it threw 27-year-old S. off the motorcycle, the report stated.

Although S. was wearing a helmet, he died at the scene. The wwltv.com report indicated that speed was “expected to be a factor of the crash.”

mail truckPicture it:  you’re driving along, taking care to comply with the laws and rules of the road when you stop at an intersection. Just a few moments later, a Postal Service letter carrier, who has become distracted, slams into the rear end of your vehicle. Would you know what all of these facts meant for your case and what you needed to do to take your case forward to get the compensation you needed? Make sure your case is handled properly by making sure you have representation from an experienced New Orleans car accident attorney.

The situation described above is not entirely hypothetical. A recently settled case from southeast Louisiana, upon which the Houma Record reported, had nearly identical facts. Evelyn was stopped at an intersection in Thibodaux when she was rear-ended. The driver who hit Evelyn’s vehicle was a man named Charles who was driving a U.S. Postal Service vehicle. According to the lawsuit paperwork that Evelyn filed, Charles looked away from the road in the moments immediately before he approached the intersection, and that period of inattention led to the crash.

There are a few facts in this story that are especially vital in terms of addressing the matter properly. One of these is that the vehicle was a U.S. Postal Service vehicle. This means that, in order to win your case and get compensation, you first must sue the federal government in federal court, following the requirements of the Federal Tort Claims Act. (A “tort” is a legal term for several types of legal wrongs that can be addressed in civil court, such as negligence causing personal injuries.)

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Wearing your seat belt is required by law and has been since 1968 when the Motor Vehicle Safety Standard was passed, enforcing all car manufacturers to build seat belts into their vehicles. That being said, driving without one on is reckless and can lead to serious injuries.

At the Cardone Law Firm, it is not our aim to point the finger at anyone’s mistakes. Instead, we aim to share over 40 years of knowledge with you about car or truck accidents. Even if you weren’t wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, that does not mean that you completely forfeit your right to compensation.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a crash and weren’t wearing your seat belt, read the following to consider what you can do to reap the compensation you deserve.

The title of this blog is misleading because I don’t believe people can get more money for their auto accident without hiring an attorney. I am a prime example of this. When I just started my legal career (less than 6 months after being licensed), I was working at an insurance defense firm and I was involved in an auto accident that was not my fault. I only had minor soft tissue injuries. Being a young attorney, I was advised not to file a lawsuit since I only had minimal injuries, and if I did file a lawsuit, I was advised it may look bad since I would be suing insurance clients our law firm did business with at the time. I opted to not file a lawsuit, or hire a private attorney and I tried to handle my own claim individually and under the radar in the claims process, since after all – I was an attorney!

I’ve learned a lot since that time and I am going to share with you my true and real experiences and my unbiased advice.

  • RULE 1: It’s really about luck of the draw with adjusters.

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You’re sitting at a red light after a long day at work, eager to get home to your loved ones. It’s beautiful weather outside and you have you have the windows rolled down. This is going to be a great weekend.

Suddenly, you hear screeching wheels. You glance in your rearview mirror and all you see is an SUV roaring towards you. There’s little you can do before your body and neck are launched forward. The pain has only begun…

One of the most common types of automobile accidents is a rear-end collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 40% of the automobile accidents that occur each year are rear-end collisions. The NHTSA goes on to report that approximately 87% of those rear-end collisions are the result of the driver not paying attention to the road.

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The government may seem immune to litigation, and in some aspects, that would be a correct. However, in a system of checks and balances, some exceptions have been made. If you have experienced a car accident with a government vehicle there is some hope of getting compensation for your injuries.

In order to get the recovery you deserve, you will need the best New Orleans personal injury attorneys available. You need Cliff Cardone and Hannah Salter from the Cardone Law Firm.

Our car accident attorneys want to shed a little light on what your options are should you be unfortunate enough to be involved in a car accident with a government vehicle. But first, we need to understand some of the challenges that can arise.

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Being involved in a car accident with just one other vehicle can be a traumatic experience. When multiple vehicles are involved in an accident, the devastation is multiplied. Even in a simple accident, knowing how to proceed with a legal claim can be confusing; in a multi-vehicle accident, the law only gets more complicated.

Find comfort in the face of tragedy with the guidance and dedicated support of the New Orleans car accident attorneys at the Cardone Law Firm. We truly care about our clients and want them to know that we are here to help make things right. If you or a loved one has been injured in a multi-vehicle accident, we won’t stop fighting until you get the compensation you deserve.

We have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about car accidents and answered them below for your benefit. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any further information.

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In any car accident, there is the potential for serious injury – or even a fatality – to occur. But many times, what can’t be seen is as dangerous as the visible scars left on a victim.

At the Cardone Law Firm, our New Orleans personal injury attorneys have years of first-hand experience dealing with the aftermath of car accidents. We know that the mental and emotional damage that can be inflicted on a victim of a auto accident can be just as serious as the physical harm suffered.

During those dark days, it’s vital to remember that you are not alone if you have a strong emotional reaction to being in a car accident. Also, take comfort in the knowledge that most people make a full recovery from the effects of a car accident.