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Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC is Here to Help Rear-End Accident Victims
Have you been in a rear-end accident in Lake Charles? Contact the car accident lawyers of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC today to discuss your legal options.
Anyone on the road is susceptible to a rear-end crash. In most cases, the person whose vehicle was rear-ended had no way to avoid the accident. Rear-end crashes lead to numerous types of injuries and extensive vehicular damages. That is why it is imperative to find a car accident attorney that will build a case that has the highest chance of a favorable outcome to cover those costs and losses.
At Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC, our Lake Charles rear-end accident attorneys always focus on providing meaningful results for our clients. Our significant experience in building successful cases in rear-end collisions puts us at the forefront among the legal teams in Louisiana. Call us today at 337-800-8800 to request a free case review where we can discuss the particulars of your case.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
As costs pile up after a rear-end crash, it is tempting to simply accept the first, and likely low, settlement an insurance company offers you. However, a competent attorney at Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC knows the real value of your case and will help you get the maximum possible compensation. An experienced lawyer understands all the intricacies of Louisiana statutes related to traffic laws. They know what tactics work best to achieve a favorable settlement or verdict. They will be with you every step of the way and will work with you to determine how much compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC?
At Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC, we completely comprehend the law and how to utilize technology to build a strong case. A video of a crash or computer modeling of a crash will go a long way if the case must go to trial in front of a jury.
We value client satisfaction above all else. That is how we measure success at our firm. We listen to our clients and what they would like to achieve. We then share our strategies on what we can do to fight toward that goal.
Common Causes of Rear-End Crashes
Many factors contribute to a rear-end accident. The most common causes are listed below.
- Distracted driver
- Following too closely
- Wet or icy road conditions
- Mechanical failure, particularly brakes
- Fatigued driver
- Driving under the influence
- Road rage
The cause of the crash plays a crucial role in determining fault in an accident. It is also instrumental in how our lawyers carefully tailor their tactics to gain a favorable outcome.
Determining Fault in Rear-End Collisions
Most often, the driver who rear-ended another vehicle is to blame. In most situations, they are likely following too closely. Louisiana law R.S. 32:81 provides clear direction on the proper distance drivers should keep from another vehicle.
A Lake Charles rear-end accident attorney can help you determine your options and the best ways to handle your case. A legal team will also ensure large insurance companies do not try to force you into a lower-than-deserved settlement.
Frequent Injuries Related to Rear-End Accidents
There are certain types of injuries commonly associated with rear-end collisions. Those include:
- Other neck injuries
- Brain damage
- Lower back or spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Internal organs damage
- Knee injuries
It is imperative to seek immediate medical attention for car crash injuries for optimal recovery chances. Even if you cannot see the injury, it does not mean it does not exist. Damage to internal organs or internal bleeding are life-threatening ailments and are not always apparent. That is why it is so important to get checked out by a medical team as soon as possible after an accident.
An experienced Lake Charles car accident attorney will fight hard to help secure the maximum compensation you need to cover the growing medical costs associated with your injuries. These costs could include anything from X-rays to an ambulance bill.
Rear-End Crash Statistics
Did you notice how distracted driving was at the top of the earlier list for common causes for rear-end crashes? That is because 87% of rear-end collisions are due to distracted drivers. Frequent causes of distractions on the road include:
- Eating or drinking
- Phone calls
- Conversations with passengers
- Not paying attention to the road
The Center for Analytics and Research in Transportation Safety (CARTS) reports there were 12,546 injuries and fatalities reported with rear-end crashes for 2020 in Louisiana. This number places rear-end crashes at the highest percent, 31.21%, for causing injuries compared to any other type of crash.
Rear-end accidents comprise 28% of all accidents nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Frequently Asked Questions for Rear-End Accidents
Any legal issue, including those in car accident cases, raises questions for those involved. If you were injured in a rear-end collision, you may find some of your questions answered below. Call us at 337-800-8800 if you have questions specific to your case. We can discuss those in our free case reviews.
What should I do after a rear-end accident?
After an accident, you’re going to be shaken and perhaps uncertain what to do first. Here’s a list of what to do after a car accident to help protect your health and any claim or lawsuit you may later file.
The first step is to call for the police and medical assistance. The police will assist with moving the wreck out of the road. They will ensure all motorists in the area stay safe and help to avoid secondary crashes. A medical team will be able to evaluate those involved to see if anyone sustained any injuries.
Collect as much information from the scene as you can. This includes contact information and insurance company details from the other driver(s) involved. Talk with witnesses to see if they saw the crash happen. Take photos, not just of your car and its damages, but of the other vehicles and the crash scene. For instance, if you see skid marks, take photos of them. All these items can possibly be used as evidence by an experienced attorney.
Don’t admit any kind of fault to anyone. Don’t say anything about what you saw happen. You may accidentally incriminate yourself.
You should call your insurance company to begin the claim process. They will advise you which claim forms need to be completed as part of the process to receive any type of compensation. Don’t agree to sign anything or to make a recorded statement until after you have talked with a lawyer. You want to preserve your rights, and the insurance company will not help you do that.
Stay off social media. Don’t post anything about the accident or talk about it. Don’t post pictures.
Hire an experienced Lake Charles rear-end accident attorney. They will strive to hold the negligent driver accountable and help you get the maximum possible compensation.
What will compensation cover if I win?
If the case reaches a favorable outcome, then compensation can cover many of your costs and losses. Some elements of your compensation could include:
- Ambulance rides from the crash scene to the hospital
- Any medical tests administered
- Treatment received at the hospital or urgent care facility
- Physical therapy
- Psychotherapy, if needed to deal with the after-effects of the accident
- Follow-up doctor appointments
- Vehicle repairs
- Remaining auto loan balance, if your car is totaled
- Rental car expenses
- Lost wages at work
- Court and legal fees
A knowledgeable attorney will fight on your behalf to claim fair compensation for all these items listed above and any other damages you incurred due to the accident.
What should I expect in a case review with your firm?
We understand these are extremely difficult financial times for our clients, so every case review is free. We will listen to you while you tell us all the details of your crash. We will ask you some questions to fully understand the entire accident.
Another item we will discuss is your possible compensation amount. This is where we will ask about various costs you have incurred. It is helpful if you provide a record of any costs you have paid or are expected to pay related to the accident.
We will review the timetable of the case. Every case is different, and we will talk about various factors that impact your case’s expected timeline.
We will answer all your questions about your case to the best of our ability. We know this is a stressful and trying time and want our clients to know we are with them every single step of the way.
If hired, we will use the information from your case review to start working on your case. We will determine the best tactics for your unique accident to build a strong case. We will combine that information with our extensive knowledge and resources to fight on your behalf for maximum possible compensation.
Consult a Lake Charles Car Crash Attorney Today
If you were injured in a rear-end accident, then do not wait for the medical bills to continually pile up before you act. Call Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC at 337-800-8800 to request a free case review. We are ready to assist you through this difficult time and answer any questions you have about your case.