Auto accidents happen every day in New Orleans and, in many cases, they cause serious harm to the people involved. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car crash, contact law enforcement immediately. If you have been hurt, you should also contact a New Orleans personal injury attorney. Here are three of the most important reasons why contacting an attorney is important.

  1. Auto accident claims can turn into he said/she said cases.

    In many car crashes, the person who is at fault for the accident will not admit that he/she was responsible. In addition, his/her insurance company may do everything possible to deny responsibility or cast doubt on who was at fault. Creating doubt on who is liable for the accident is a game played by defendants and some insurance companies to attempt to avoid paying you the money you deserve for your losses. Such unfair practices could deny you the protections afforded under New Orleans law.

    To make sure you preserve the evidence and information necessary to prove who was responsible for the crash and to receive the compensation that you deserve, you should contact a New Orleans personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Your lawyer will help obtain evidence from law enforcement, witnesses and the accident scene. If needed, your personal injury attorney can help you secure expert testimony from accident reconstruction experts to build your case.
  2. Insurance companies are not on your side.

    This fact is true whether you are dealing with your own insurance company or with the insurance company of another driver who hurt you. The goal of most insurance companies is not to work for you but instead to keep their profit margin as high as possible. As such, insurance companies often use strong arm tactics to force a low settlement, deny responsibility or otherwise minimize a payout. A New Orleans personal injury lawyer won’t let that happen - your rights will be protected.
  3. The car accident claims process can be complicated.

    Negotiating a settlement with the insurance company is tough enough, but if you need to take your case to trial to get the compensation you deserve, things quickly become more complicated. You will need to comply with all court rules of procedure including strict filing deadlines and requirements on everything from how to present evidence to the font size that must be used in documents submitted to the court. If you don’t know all of the procedural and evidentiary rules, you can jeopardize your case. A New Orleans personal injury lawyer makes sure that doesn’t happen by handling all of these issues for you.

Getting Help from a New Orleans Personal Injury Lawyer

For these and many other reasons, it is important to speak with a New Orleans personal injury attorney whenever you are involved in a car crash. Contact J.C. Lawrence and Associates, LLC for assistance and advice.