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Types of Compensation You're Entitled to After a Faultless Car Crash

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Car accidents can be a traumatic experience for anyone involved. Not only can they cause physical harm, but they can also result in financial damages. If you were involved in a car accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. However, understanding what types of compensation you are entitled to can be confusing.

First and foremost, if you were not at fault for the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for any medical bills or expenses incurred as a result of the accident. This can include ambulance fees, hospital bills, physical therapy, and any other necessary medical treatments. Additionally, you may be entitled to compensation for any lost wages or income if you were unable to work due to the accident.

It is important to note that compensation can also be sought for any property damage resulting from the accident. This can include damage to your vehicle, personal belongings, or any other property that was damaged as a result of the accident. Understanding your legal rights and the types of compensation you may be entitled to can help ensure that you receive the proper compensation for any damages resulting from the accident.

Types of Compensable Damages

In the aftermath of a car accident, victims may be entitled to various types of compensable damages. These damages are intended to compensate the victim for their losses, both tangible and intangible.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are those that can be calculated with a degree of certainty. These damages are intended to compensate the victim for their out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident. Examples of economic damages include:

• Medical expenses: This includes the cost of hospitalization, surgery, doctor visits, medication, rehabilitation, and other medical expenses related to the accident.

• Property damage: This includes the cost of repairing or replacing the victim's vehicle or other damaged property.

• Lost wages: This includes the income the victim lost as a result of being unable to work due to their injuries.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are those that cannot be easily quantified. These damages are intended to compensate the victim for their pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other intangible losses. Examples of non-economic damages include:

• Pain and suffering: This includes physical pain and emotional suffering caused by the accident and its aftermath.

• Emotional distress: This includes anxiety, depression, and other emotional trauma caused by the accident.

• Loss of enjoyment of life: This includes the loss of the ability to participate in activities that the victim enjoyed prior to the accident.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are intended to punish the at-fault party for their reckless or intentional conduct. These damages are not awarded in every case and are typically only awarded in cases where the at-fault party's conduct was particularly egregious.

It is important to note that the specific types and amounts of compensable damages that a victim may be entitled to will vary depending on the circumstances of the accident and the laws of the state in which the accident occurred.

Insurance Coverage

After a car accident that is not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault driver's insurance company. Understanding the types of insurance coverage available can help you navigate the claims process and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Liability Insurance Claims

Liability insurance is designed to cover the costs of damages and injuries that you incur as a result of an accident caused by another driver. If the other driver is found to be at fault for the accident, their liability insurance should cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.

To make a liability insurance claim, you will need to provide evidence of the other driver's negligence, such as witness statements, police reports, and medical records. It is important to work with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you gather and present this evidence to the insurance company.

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage

If the at-fault driver does not have liability insurance or does not have enough insurance to cover your damages, you may be able to file an uninsured or underinsured motorist claim with your own insurance company. Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is designed to protect you in the event that you are involved in an accident with a driver who is uninsured or underinsured.

To make an uninsured or underinsured motorist claim, you will need to provide evidence of the other driver's lack of insurance or insufficient insurance coverage. Your insurance company will then step in to cover your damages up to the limits of your policy.

It is important to note that not all insurance policies include uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. If you are unsure whether you have this type of coverage, it is important to review your policy with your insurance agent or attorney.

Legal Considerations

After a car crash that is not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. However, there are legal considerations that must be taken into account when pursuing a claim.

Negligence and Liability

In order to receive compensation, it must be proven that the other driver was negligent and therefore liable for the accident. This means that the other driver failed to exercise reasonable care while operating their vehicle, resulting in the accident and your injuries.

Statute of Limitations

It is important to note that there is a statute of limitations (prescriptive period for Louisiana) for filing a personal injury claim after a car accident. In most states, this time frame is two to three years from the date of the accident. However, the prescriptive period in Louisiana is one (1) year from the date of the accident. It is crucial to file a claim within this time frame, as failing to do so may result in the loss of your right to seek compensation.

Comparative Fault

In some cases, the injured party may be partially at fault for the accident. This is known as comparative fault, and it can impact the amount of compensation that the injured party is entitled to receive. If the injured party is found to be partially at fault, their compensation may be reduced proportionally to their level of fault.

Overall, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to understand your legal rights and options after a car accident. By understanding the legal considerations involved, you can make informed decisions about pursuing a claim for compensation.

Claim Process

When someone is involved in a car accident that is not their fault, they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and damages. The process of filing a claim for compensation can be complex and overwhelming, but understanding the basic steps can help make it easier.

Filing a Claim

The first step in the claim process is to notify the at-fault driver's insurance company of the accident. This can be done by contacting the insurance company directly or through a personal injury attorney. The insurance company will then assign an adjuster to investigate the accident and determine liability. However, you should contact an attorney who regularly practices this type of law BEFORE speaking with the insurance company. If you don’t, you may hurt your case before it even really begins.

Documentation and Evidence

In order to support a claim for compensation, it is important to gather and document as much evidence as possible. This can include photographs of the accident scene, police reports, medical records, and witness statements. It is also important to keep track of all expenses related to the accident, such as medical bills and lost wages.

Settlement Negotiations

Once liability has been established, the insurance company will typically offer a settlement to the injured party. It is important to carefully review any settlement offer before accepting it, as it may not fully compensate for all damages and expenses. An attorney can help negotiate a fair settlement on behalf of the injured party.

Litigation Process

If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, the injured party may need to file a lawsuit to seek compensation. This process can be lengthy and expensive, but may be necessary to ensure that the injured party receives the compensation they are entitled to. An experienced personal injury attorney can guide the injured party through the litigation process and help them understand their legal rights and options.

Special Circumstances

Hit and Run Accidents

If the driver who caused the accident flees the scene and cannot be identified, the victim can still file a claim for compensation. In such cases, the victim can file a claim with their own insurance company under the uninsured motorist coverage, medical payments coverage and/or collision coverage. These coverages are designed to protect victims in situations where the at-fault driver is uninsured or cannot be identified.

Multiple Responsible Parties

In some cases, multiple parties may be responsible for the accident. For example, if the driver who caused the accident was driving a company vehicle, the employer may also be liable for the damages. In such cases, the victim can file a claim against both the driver and the employer. It is important to note that the victim can only receive compensation up to the total amount of damages incurred.

It is recommended that victims of car accidents seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney to help navigate the complex legal process of filing a claim for compensation. An attorney can help ensure that the victim receives the maximum amount of compensation they are entitled to under the law.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, the Louisiana car accident attorneys at Locke Meredith, Sean Fagan & Associates are here to serve you. We are committed to helping the people whom we represent through the legal process with passion, professionalism, and proven results.

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