Many of our readers in Louisiana may know someone who has been involved in a so-called “fender-bender” – or maybe they have been in such a crash themselves. Car accidents are, after all, quite common in America. However, the reality is that some car accidents are much more severe than a fender-bender, resulting in serious injuries to the people involved. When Louisiana residents have suffered injuries in a car accident that was caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness, they may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit to attempt to recover compensation.
Personal injury law basics
In order to have a chance to be successful in a personal injury lawsuit, one thing is crucial: evidence. As in all legal cases, the evidence in a personal injury lawsuit must be powerful and persuasive – it must prove the necessary elements of a personal injury claim. Those elements are: the existence of a duty to others to operate a vehicle correctly; a breach of that duty; a direct causal link that shows that the victim’s injuries were indeed caused by the alleged breach of duty; and, lastly, that there are identifiable damages as a result of the personal injury incident.
To help give a personal injury lawsuit the best chance for success, evidence such as photos of the accident scene and the injuries involved can be of the utmost importance. Statements from eyewitnesses can be useful as well, if there is any dispute about how the car accident occurred in the first place. However, injured victims may not be thinking about gathering this type of evidence if they are hospitalized and attempting to recover physically.
At our law firm, we do our best to help our clients in Louisiana to build a sturdy foundation to personal injury lawsuits. For more information about how we might be able to help in these types of circumstances, please visit the personal injury overview section of our law firm’s website.