Auto Accident2021-10-21T11:14:45-05:00

Your Pain is More Than a Dollar Sign

When you have been injured in an auto accident, it’s understandable to be anxious about your recovery and paying your medical bills. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to hold other drivers accountable for their negligent acts that resulted in your injury.

At Mark Artall, APLC, we work closely with car accident victims in Lafayette and the Acadiana region to guide them through their injury claim. We fight on their behalf to get them the compensation they deserve. Contact our firm today to schedule your free consultation.

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What Kinds of Compensation Can You Recover?

If you are successful in proving the defendant in your case was liable for the accident and your resulting injuries, you may be entitled to collect a significant amount of money as compensation. These damages can include:

  • Damages that diminish the value of your vehicle

  • Personal property damage (damage to any personal items inside your car)

  • Medical bills

  • Lost wages

  • Rental car reimbursement and other out-of-pocket travel expenses

  • Non-economic damages, such as compensation for your pain and suffering

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An Attorney Experienced in Car Accident Cases

It is important to work with an attorney when negotiating a settlement figure, because an experienced personal injury lawyer will have a keen understanding of the kind of money you could potentially collect after your car accident.

Rather than accepting the initial figure offered to you by the insurance company you are negotiating with, seek the advice of a lawyer and make counter offers as needed.

At Mark Artall, APLC, we care deeply about helping our clients obtain the best possible results in their cases. Because Mark has been a solo practitioner for over 25 years, you have greater access to him throughout your case than you may have with attorneys at large law firms. Throughout your time working with us, our entire staff is here to address your needs and reduce your stress as much as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accident Cases in the Lafayette Area

We’ve collected a few of the questions we most commonly receive about car accident cases to provide you with further information. Here are a few examples:

When should I hire an attorney after an auto accident?2021-10-21T11:23:40-05:00

While not every auto accident will need an attorney, there are some circumstances in which it makes sense to seek legal representation.

Some of these circumstances include:

  • There is good reason to believe another person’s negligence caused the accident
  • You suffered injuries or significant vehicle damage
  • Your injuries are permanent or resulted in disability
  • You need help negotiating with an insurance adjuster
  • Someone died in the accident
What are the benefits of hiring a car accident lawyer?2020-11-05T09:23:06-06:00

There are several benefits to hiring a car accident lawyer. This includes the ease of mind from knowing someone is fighting for your best interest as well as not having to deal with the insurance companies. Additionally, personal injury lawyers have extensive knowledge and expertise when it comes to accidents. This knowledge allows us to guide you through your case and give you a better idea of the potential damages you can recover.

I haven’t been working during my recovery, so how can I afford an attorney?2020-02-13T13:17:23-06:00

Car accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. The legal fees paid by clients come out of your settlement—you pay nothing until then.

What should I do immediately after I’ve been in a car accident?2020-02-13T13:18:37-06:00

Once you have pulled over to the side of the road and have checked to make sure everyone is safe, there are some steps you can take that can help you immensely in any ensuing personal injury claim. You should be sure to get the contact and insurance information from other driver(s) in the accident. Then, take pictures of the damage done to all vehicles involved and of the accident site, and write down any notes about what you saw or experienced while it’s still fresh. Get the names and contact information of any witnesses, and get the number of the police report from the officer who arrives at the scene.

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim after a car accident?2020-02-13T13:19:51-06:00

In Louisiana, you have one year from the date of the accident to file your lawsuit. If you have been injured, it’s recommended you take your time and get as close to maximum medical improvement as possible so you can have a more accurate sense of the extent of your injuries.

Do I really need an attorney after a car accident? Won’t my insurance just take care of me?2020-02-13T13:20:52-06:00

In an ideal world, your insurance would fully cover you. However, insurance companies are going to be more concerned with their numbers than paying you what you deserve. A personal injury lawyer, however, can be trusted to advocate strongly for you in a way an insurance adjuster never will.

I might have been partially responsible in the accident. How does that affect my case?2020-04-15T13:22:43-05:00

Louisiana is a comparative negligence state. This means parties that contribute to an accident will share fault and be assigned a percentage based on how much liability they bear. So, for example, if you were in an accident with one other vehicle and both shared some fault, the other driver could be assigned, say, 80 percent of the blame, versus just 20 percent for you. The amount of total damages you would be able to recover in the case would then be reduced by 20 percent to account for your fault. So it can still be well worth your time to pursue a personal injury claim after an accident, even if you were partially at fault yourself.

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