It’s a sad fact but car crashes happen every single day in New Orleans. And even though they are more common than you might think, it doesn’t make a car crash any less traumatic. Car crashes in New Orleans can often result in serious injury or even fatality. No matter how careful you drive, it is impossible to predict what other drivers are going to do. Even minor fender benders can easily overwhelm people with stress. That’s why, whenever you are misfortunate enough to get in to an accident, you need to know of a car crash lawyer in New Orleans that’s willing to fight tooth and nail for the compensation you deserve.
The Law Office of Michael Bourquard is devoted to securing the fair compensation of New Orleans drivers after they are in a car crash. Our office handles all sorts of civil litigations and we guarantee to serve your case with diligence and dedication no matter what the circumstances are.
When New Orleans drivers get themselves in car crashes, we believe that a tailored and custom approach is the most effective for those that require legal representation. A car crash is stressful enough on its own. Adding the responsibility of navigating the complexities of tort law as you recover from the trauma is too much. If you want to get the automobile accident resolved with minimal hassle and wasted time, then contact the Law Office of Michael Bourquard today. When you do, we promise to get you back on the road with something more valuable than money and time: peace of mind.
If you are located on the South Shore, please call (504) 561-6611. If you are located on the North Shore, please call (985) 882-3738.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer After a Car Crash?
In fault states, like Louisiana, having a lawyer is extremely important. Fault insurance means that the amount you will receive is relative to how much the other driver was at fault. No matter what happened, you need to have a lawyer working with you to help you prove in court from a legal standpoint that the other driver was at fault in the accident, resulting in a higher level of compensation for you.
The court system is incredibly complex and it isn’t quite like how it has been presented on TV. It takes years to understand and even more to master it. Thankfully, the Law Office of Michael Bourquard has been practicing law in New Orleans for many years and will provide all the support you need to win your case. We will organize evidence, gather police reports, provide proof of lost wages and advocate on your behalf your behalf.
What to do Immediately After a Car Crash
After you have been involved in a car crash, it is only natural to feel overwhelmed or in a state of shock. If you are able to keep your composure, there are a few things that you should do to make sure your case is rock solid so that by the time you call (504) 561-6611 and get New Orleans’s top car crash lawyers working on it. Moments after the crash, you want to…
- Call 911. If anyone involved has sustained even minor injuries, it is extremely important that you take the necessary precautions and get emergency services on the scene. Even injuries that might seem minor in the moment can potentially worsen over time. Medical professionals should attend to injuries on the spot. Avoid moving anyone who is unconscious or experiencing neck or pack pain because you could cause permanent damage.
- Move Somewhere Safe. If the accident was minor and your vehicle is still operational, move the car to a safe location to prevent any further collisions, damages or injuries.
- Gather Information. If you or a passenger are able to, gather as much information at the scene of the accident as possible. Obviously, exchanging contact information with the other parties involved in the crash is an essential piece of information you’ll need to collect. But if you have a working cellphone on hand, take pictures of any injuries as well as damage to all vehicles involved. Collect more photographic evidence of the scene.
If you don’t feel well enough to collect evidence yourself, ask a witness or a passenger to do it on your behalf. Evidence of the scene is too important to our work as your car crash lawyers not to have on hand. Once you have collected photographs, it is also important to collect witness statements either written or on video. New Orleans courts and insurance companies value fresh evidence and testimony more than they will remembered evidence or testimony since they know as well as anyone that time has a funny way of altering what happened.
Time is always of the essence. Even if you are only able to take photos a day later, it’s still worth a try. Once you have done these things, make sure you call The Law Office of Michael Bourquard and our car crash lawyers will advise you on how to proceed.
One Thing You Must Never Do After a Car Crash
The one thing you must never do after a car crash is admit fault. Even if you feel certain that you were to blame for the accident, there is a process to determining fault and it’s best to let the car crash lawyers at The Law Office of Michael Bourquard figure it out. Admitting fault could prevent you from getting the insurance payments you deserve. For all you know, the other driver’s brakes were cut or they were texting. Restrain yourself from admitting fault, focus on documenting the scene and our car crash lawyers will handle the rest.
While it’s clear that something needs to be done after a car accident, our clients aren’t always certain how their case is going to start or end. Some cases can be dealt with by writing a complaint and settling in small court. Others are a little more complicated.
This is the most common case we represent at The Law Office of Michael Bourquard. The majority of smaller car accidents in New Orleans are caused by negligent behavior and result in minor damages to person or property. However, just because this is a simpler case it doesn’t mean you do not need a personal injury lawyer to manage it. Negligence cases can be difficult to compile due to the analysis required to prove fault.
Within negligence cases you’ll find a range of specific types of negligence, all of which need to be approached and represented differently.
If you believe that your accident was caused by a design or manufacturing defect, The Law Office of Michael Bourquard will work with an automotive expert to perform an in-depth automotive analysis. Proving that there was in fact a defect requires deep analysis and absolute certainty due to the larger implications of this sort of claim.
In the case of a manufacturer defect, a company may be forced to recall certain models resulting in a loss of profit and reputation. It is important to understand the results of these injury claims before proceeding.
If you believe you have been victim of a manufacturer defect, it is absolutely necessary to have trained personal injury lawyers on your side to bring this case to light.
A case involving wrongful death can involve negligence or manufacturer defects, but clearly goes beyond the usual processing of personal injury claims. When a person, or people are killed in a car accident, liability will be determined in a court of law.
What variety of negligence was at play? Was there intent to cause harm? These are just two of the questions that will require answering.
Car crash lawyers will work as a team, with the surviving family, as well as insurance agencies to build a strong case, fight for necessary compensation for the family, and prosecute the driver at fault if it is possible.
Investing in the services of experienced car crash lawyers is paramount after any accident. The Law Office of Michael Bourquard has been helping New Orleans car accident victims through the toughest times of their lives since 1991. You can always count on our team to provide you with the most compassionate and thorough care.
We can help you recover damages and alleviate the costs of medical bills, lost wages, repairs and more. But to do this, you need to contact us as soon as possible. Call us as soon as the event occurs if you are physically able to. The sooner you contact us, the easier it is for us to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.