Louisiana Car Accident Attorney Chris Roy, Jr., is Here for You
Few places are more beautiful to drive in, but it’s also true that few states are as dangerous as Louisiana. With its winding roads and beautiful bayous come hazards – from old, pot-holed, unlit two-lane roads and animals running across the road, to traffic on the highways around Baton Rouge and New Orleans during rush hour. For most of us, driving is so routine we scarcely think about it. But life is full of surprises. We go about our daily lives, following our routines and then something out of the ordinary happens that shakes us up. Sometimes, it’s a welcome stroke of good fortune that fills us with gratitude. Other times, it’s quite the opposite. Being involved in in car wreck is never something a person expects, and it can permanently affect the rest of your life.
Getting Help in Louisiana starts at Chris J. Roy, Jr., Law Firm
If you’ve been hurt or lost a loved one in a car crash, you need a highly qualified and experienced attorney on your side to protect your rights. Louisiana car accident lawyer Chris J. Roy, Jr. and the Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm, are ready to help. With nearly three decades of experience, Chris has the knowledge and experience to investigate the situation and craft a case to secure maximum compensation. He has handled numerous vehicle-related crash claims and takes pride in helping accident victims in Alexandria, Pineville, Rapides Parish, Vernon Parish, Grant Parish, and throughout Central Louisiana. While large enough to handle the big cases, the firm is small enough to provide the individual attention that your case deserves.
Louisiana Accidents Happen
No one ever thinks an accident can happen to them, but the statistics say otherwise. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), with a total of 6.3 million accidents nationwide, accident fatalities increased 7.2 percent between 2014 and 2015, from 32,744 to 35,092. The NHTSA also reports 2.44 million people injured in accidents nationally. This isn’t simply a national but also a local problem. The NHTSA reports a total of 726 traffic fatalities in 2015, with 354 in rural areas, 365 in urban areas and seven unknown. Statistics compiled from Louisiana State University (LSU) report 78,700 auto-accident injuries in 2015. According to their projections, in 2017 Louisiana can expect 772 fatalities and 81,000 total injuries.
After a Crash
The first thing to do after a car collision is to check in with yourself about potential injuries. Safety should always be the first priority. If the accident seems mild to moderate, chances are you’ll think you feel okay enough to get on with your day and avoid the “inconvenience” of medical treatment. A few aches, some minor pains, or even no pain at all are common initial feelings, and too often people assume they aren’t injured. Shock is a human defense mechanism that can numb many types of pain. Therefore, it’s always best to seek medical care right away. Delaying treatment is neither good for your health nor for your chances of getting the legal settlement you may deserve. The longer a person waits to seek medical treatment, the harder it is to prove the injuries were sustained at the time of the accident.
Most Common Accidents
Each accident is different, but most may be place in just a few categories.
- Broadside collisions – Broadside collisions, or T-bones, occur when one car runs into the side of another.
- Head-on collisions –Head-on collisions occur when two cars driving toward each other collide.
- Roll-over accidents – Roll-over accidents generally occur when a vehicle is moving too fast for a turn and flips.
- Rear-end collisions – These occur when a vehicle is decelerating or stopped and another vehicle slams into the back of the first one.
Most Common Injuries
While the details of each accident may differ, they often result in these common injuries:
- Debilitating depression/anxiety – While psychological injuries may not be visible, they can be some of the most lasting. A severe enough accident may cause PTSD and affect every aspect of a person’s life.
- Neck and spinal cord injury/whiplash – Neck and spinal cord injuries may affect physical movement in all parts of the body, as messages from the brain are transferred along these lines.
- Head/brain injury – Head/brain injuries are among the most deadly. If the brain is injured, everything from physical movement to memory may be impaired indefinitely.
- Back injury – Back injuries may be among the most debilitating and painful of all injuries. As the back supports the body’s frame when standing, a severe injury can seriously limit mobility.
- Broken bones and fractures – While uncomfortable, these injuries generally are not life threatening. However, they may cause severe discomfort and affect movement in the fractured area for an unlimited amount of time.
Protecting Yourself is a Right
Your insurance company can only get you so far. Sure, they work on your behalf, but there’s also the negligent party’s insurance company to consider – and their agenda is to settle things quickly and cheaply. You also may be tempted to settle things swiftly, but the other party’s insurance representative is trained to get information out of you that can work against you. Do not deal with insurance companies on your own. Finding a good auto accident lawyer is your best chance for a fair outcome.
Negligence is a broad term that covers a range of common accident causes. Reckless behavior in the form of distracted driving is increasingly common as more and more people use electronics to communicate and navigate while behind the wheel. A driver can also be distracted by eating a meal on the go, having a heated conversation with a passenger, or searching for something in the glove box. Maybe the driver was overtired, impaired by drugs or alcohol, or simply driving too aggressively for the weather conditions. A defectively designed or manufactured car part could even have caused the accident. Establishing who is legally responsible for a wreck is a complex process that can involve multiple parties. Seeking financial compensation is one way to not only get you the money you need to help yourself and your family, but it can also ultimately help prevent a similar accident from happening to someone else.