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Practice Areas: Personal Injury

Car accidents disrupt not only your day, but they can have a lasting impact on your physical health and well-being. With more than 1500 accidents on Louisiana roads resulting in more than 3700 injuries, you can use more caution if you know your travel plans will result in your being on some of the most dangerous roads and intersections in Louisiana. Canal Street and North Dorgenois Street in New Orleans is rated the most dangerous intersection in Louisiana by Business Insider.  If this is the most dangerous intersection in New Orleans, imagine how dangerous this intersection is when a driver is not paying attention and the roadway is full of water.

Parishes with The Highest Injury Accident Rates

Data Reports (compiled by Louisiana State University (LSU))indicates that during 2020, there have been more than 31,000 injuries suffered by pedestrians, drivers, and passengers. When you consider we are only two-thirds of the way through the year, this number should worry us all. The top five parishes in terms of accidents with the highest injury rates are:

  • E Baton Rouge – Crashes 2,227 — Injuries 3,646
  • Orleans – Crashes 2,046 — Injuries 3,359
  • Caddo – Crashes 1,413 — Injuries 2,404
  • Jefferson – Crashes 1,588 — Injuries 2,314
  • Lafayette – Crashes 1,225 – Injuries 1,954

Keep in mind, these are more than statistics. Each crash represents a damaged motor vehicle and each injury represents a person. They are not just numbers.

More Dangerous Roads in Louisiana’s New Orleans area

According to the same website, these are the five most dangerous roads in New Orleans include:

  • West Congress Street
  • Ambassador Caffery Parkway
  • Johnston Street
  • West Pinhook Road
  • Kaliste Saloom Road

Causes of Louisiana Roadway Accidents

We already know there are millions of tourists who pour into Louisiana because of the numerous festivals which are held annually. What you may not be aware of is the cause of many of the accidents which occur in Louisiana. Interestingly enough, they may not be the reasons you think. Across Louisiana, the three top citations according to Data Reports were issued for:

  • Careless Operation – more than 13,000 accidents had at least one citation for this violation
  • Failure to yield – more than 7,500 drivers failed to yield the right of way
  • Following too closely – more than 7,000 drivers were cited for following too closely

Alcohol use also contributed to accidents across several parishes. The parishes with the highest injury rates when alcohol was a factor included:

  • East Baton Rouge – 138 crashes
  • Orleans – 101 crashes
  • Calcasieu – 85 crashes
  • Caddo – 79 crashes
  • Jefferson – 78 crashes

Regardless of where you are traveling, you can be a victim of a careless driver, or one who is under the influence of alcohol.

Victims of Dangerous Roadway Accidents Can Fight Back

When you review the causes of roadway accidents across Louisiana, it is clear many of these accidents could have been avoided. We all know we have the dubious distinction of being rated one of the worst states for road conditions, but the crash statistics show there are numerous accidents which result from a driver’s negligence, or their reckless behavior because they got behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of alcohol. This is why a car accident victim needs to reach out to a car accident attorney as soon after the accident occurs as possible.

Victims have to protect themselves. Insurance company adjusters are not going to go to bat for the victims of irresponsible drivers, their interest is in protecting themselves. Insurance company adjusters have a singular goal: To get you to accept the lowest possible settlement for your injuries. The sooner you settle, preferably without an attorney, the better for their bottom line. You should not let them get away with their tactics and instead, you should protect yourself.

Car Accidents Can Result in Serious Injuries

Head trauma, fractures and broken bones, back injuries, and spinal cord damage can all occur during a car accident. While some injuries may only require a few weeks of healing, other injuries can result in weeks or months of healing. In some instances, victims will suffer life-long pain and disability as a result of their injuries.

Victims of a car accident can work with a Louisiana car accident lawyer to regain their financial footing and file a personal injury lawsuit. Victims are often eligible to secure a settlement for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. However, if you do not seek legal help, your insurance company may convince you to settle fast and that could result in your obtaining a smaller settlement.

Be Wary of Insurance Company Adjusters

Before you sign any documents, cash any checks, or talk to an insurer about your injuries, you should speak with a knowledgeable attorney first. Remember, the insurance company may attempt to shift the blame for the accident to you, or claim your injuries existed before the accident. This is why it is so important you protect yourself and get someone who will advocate on your behalf.

Many victims of car accidents are concerned about paying for a lawyer. Remember, the first steps in filing a personal injury lawsuit in your parish starts with a free, no obligation consultation with an experienced attorney. Should you make the decision to move forward with a lawsuit, the attorney will explain to you how a contingency fee works. Contingency fees mean unless your attorney is successful in obtaining a settlement on your behalf, you do not pay legal fees. Therefore, you have nothing to lose by talking to an attorney about your case.

Let Alvendia, Kelly, & Demarest, Attorneys at Law, Help

If you were injured in a Louisiana car accident, or you lost a loved one on a Louisiana roadway, you should take immediate action, so you do not run out of time to file a lawsuit. Contact Alvendia, Kelly, & Demarest today at 504-200-0000 and find out what options are available to you. The more information you have, the better decision you can make about how best to proceed.

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In 2003, after being dissatisfied with the quality of legal care for victims of car accidents, Roderick ‘Rico’ Alvendia sought to establish a new firm focused on providing high-quality legal services to aid injured victims and their families. J. Bart Kelly, sharing Rico’s passion for upholding justice, joined the firm later that year, and established a partnership.

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