How to Choose the Right Louisiana Accident Attorney

After you’ve recovered from the initial shock of a serious car accident on Louisiana’s roads, quickly involving an experienced car accident attorney can make the difference between winning a fair monetary settlement or not.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you’re entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, the cost of rehabilitation, and vehicle repairs or replacement, among other expenses.  

But with so many car accident attorneys in northwest Louisiana to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you?

 

Important Things to Consider

Experience and Reputation    To ensure your insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit has the highest chance of success, the law firm you hire must demonstrate an extensive history of winning substantial car accident settlements.  A good car accident attorney should be able to provide you with examples of cases they’ve won. An attorney with a solid reputation for high wins is taken more seriously by insurance companies.

Staff    Filing and successfully settling with an insurance company, or pursuing a personal injury claim, is a complex and time-consuming process. Only a law firm that is well-staffed with attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants can handle the massive workload necessary to win a successful settlement.

Financial Resources    In a serious car accident, it may be necessary to hire investigators & expert witnesses, and interview and depose any accident scene witnesses.   Further medical evaluations may be required to establish the need for current, future and long-term treatment. These necessary but high-cost preparations can only be accommodated by a law firm with the financial wherewithal to support effective case preparation.

Communication and Focus    Any car accident attorney you hire should demonstrate excellent communication skills, listening attentively to your situation, and respectfully explain what can be a confusing and complicated process.  As your case progresses, you should feel comfortable asking questions and have reasonable access to the attorney throughout the process.

Free Consultation, No Up-Front Costs    Any good car accident attorney will only accept your case if they believe your chance of winning is high.   If your case is taken on after a free evaluation, they should only be paid upon winning a settlement.  And they should also be up-front about exactly what fee they’ll take from your final settlement.

 

Gordon & Gordon Law Firm Has Won Multi-Million Dollar Settlements for Our Clients

With more than 30 years of experience successfully winning claims for car accident victims, our reputation is solid.   Gordon & Gordon Law Firm has the necessary support, staff, and financial resources to see your case through to a successful conclusion.   As our client, you can expect consistent, clear communication and respectful treatment. And we will never charge you a penny until we win your case.

To speak personally with one of Gordon & Gordon Law Firm’s qualified Shreveport, Bossier City, or Mansfield car accident attorneys, call 318.716.HELP (318.716.4357) today.

GORDON & GORDON: COMMON CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES

Common Car Accident Injuries on Shreveport, Bossier City, or Mansfield, Louisiana’s Roads and Highways

 

In a split second, a catastrophe can occur when two vehicles collide on a Shreveport, Bossier City, or Mansfield, Louisiana, road or highway. 


Though you obey traffic laws and pay attention, many events that are out of your control can cause an accident.

▪ A driver runs a red light or drives into oncoming traffic 
▪ A distracted driver not paying attention
▪ An intoxicated driver impaired by drugs or alcohol 
▪ An improperly loaded truck causes cargo to fly off and hit your car
▪ Poorly maintained roads, inadequate signage, or road lighting


When car collisions occur, the impact of an accident often causes serious injuries because of crushing metal, broken glass, and high-speed impact.  


When the unpredictable happens, even when you’re a conscientious and responsible driver, you will likely have severe injuries from a serious car crash.  

 

TYPES OF CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES INCLUDE:

Whiplash      One of the most common types of car accident injuries is whiplash, which occurs upon impact when the neck and head stretch and quickly snap back into place.   While damage may not be obvious, whiplash can fracture vertebrae and injure the spinal cord, causing damage to the neck and back, potentially leading to paralysis.   Or less severe but painful damage can be caused by ligaments and discs. Even a mild whiplash injury can cause chronic pain, which may diminish a victim’s quality of life.

Pelvic and Abdominal Compression      When a driver is thrust into metal or other hard objects upon impact, hip fractures and a broken pelvis are common, along with damage to the liverspleen, and kidneys.   These types of injuries can take months and even years to heal and may cause long-term or permanent disability and pain.

Chest Trauma    Broken ribs and a broken sternum are common injuries especially when vehicle occupants are not wearing seatbelts.   Besides the pain of broken bones, fragments of bone may penetrate vital organs such as the heart and lungs, possibly causing death. Also, a severe car accident can injure the diaphragm (the muscle below the rib cage critical for breathing).

 Brain Damage      Another known as traumatic brain injury is a critically serious event.   A crushed or broken skull cap may cause fragments to penetrate the brain or cause pressure and swelling. Such damage can impair basic brain functions, impacting memory, concentration, emotional balance, speech, and vision.

 Face and Neck Injury       Facial fractures and broken teeth, as well as a crushed larynx or diaphragm, can all be devastating injuries. These types of injuries can cause disfigurement, impair vision, and result in full or partial blindness.   Ear injuries are also not uncommon, which may lead to full or partial deafness.

 Leg, Knee and Foot Damage       A severe car collision injury may include leg, foot, or toe amputation.   While extremity amputation can occur from a car accident, limb amputation is most common in motorcycle crashes.   Other common injuries include broken bones and sprains in the leg, knee, ankle, and foot, as well as cartilage tears when an impact causes abrupt turning and twisting.

Arm, Hand and Shoulder Fractures      While these types of car accident injuries usually heal within weeks, a broken, incapacitated extremity is painful and may interfere with a victim’s ability to work and conduct daily living activities, including caring for small children and other household responsibilities.   Though the disability is typically short-term, just being injured can cause financial and emotional issues.

 Post-Accident Emotional Issues      The shock, fear, and trauma that many accident victims experience when they’ve been involved in a car crash can lead to psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. This is especially true when serious and life-long physical disabilities have impacted a victim’s quality of life.   On top of those psychological issues, medical bills accumulate, and costly rehabilitation is necessary to restore one’s functioning.  Besides the stress caused by your injuries, mounting financial difficulties can also be emotionally debilitating.

 

Gordon & Gordon Law Firm Has the Experience, Resources, and Knowledge to Help You Recover Financially

When you’ve been injured or harmed in a car accident because of another driver’s fault or because of poorly maintained roads, poor signage, or inadequate road lighting in Shreveport, Bossier City, or Mansfield, you may be entitled to significant financial recovery.   Or if a loved one has been killed because of a car accident on Louisiana’s highways and roads, you may be entitled to a wrongful death settlement.

 

The experienced car accident attorneys at Gordon & Gordon Law Firm focus our attention on those injured in collisions.   Gordon & Gordon’s attorneys are well established as a powerful, effective, and successful force in insurance industry claims and litigations because we fight skillfully and vigorously for our car accident client’s fair monetary compensation.  

 

 

Gordon & Gordon’s Attorneys Have Won Multi-Millions for Our Injured Clients  

Because of our reputation, insurance companies take our claims seriously when they know we’ve been hired to fight for your financial rights. With our resources and experience, we are ready to prove who’s at fault for your injuries and win the highest settlement allowed by law.   When you meet with one of our knowledgeable attorneys, we will personally review your case, advise you about your rights and determine whether you have legitimate monetary recourse.   And if we take you on as a client, you will never pay a penny up-front.

 

But don’t delay.   The statute of limitations on filing car accident claims is limited.   If you don’t file in a timely manner, you may permanently lose your right to financial recovery. 

 

You can be confident we’ll work aggressively and diligently on your behalf because we only get paid when we win your case.   To speak personally with one of Gordon & Gordon Law Firm’s qualified, experienced Shreveport, Bossier City, or Mansfield car accident injury attorneys, call us today at 318.716.HELP (318.716.4357).

Holidays Mean More Trucks On Area Roads

Commercial trucking is one of the top 10 deadliest industries in the United States. Although truck drivers face scores of hazards on the road every day, the holiday period is a particularly dangerous time to get behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer.

Northwest Louisiana sees its fair share of cold days during the month of December, and all it takes is one night of below-freezing temperatures to make the roads extra slick and dangerous to drive on. In addition to an increase in freight truck delivery vehicles on the roads, holiday travelers will be flooding the highways to visit distant loved ones. If you combine these hazards with an increase in drunk driving, then it’s easy to understand why designated drivers get nervous around the holidays.

Just like every other driver, commercial truckers have a duty to behave in a way that does not put other road users at risk. If a trucker breaches this duty of care, then he or she may be liable for any injuries that result. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 342,000 large trucks were involved in crashes in 2013. These crashes caused 95,000 serious injuries and 3,964 deaths.

If you will be driving over the holidays, you can reduce your risk of commercial truck & 18 wheeler accidents by following these five safety tips:

  • Be Patient: You may run into congested holiday traffic, and you might fall behind schedule due to adverse weather. Do not let your schedule cause you to drive recklessly, and plan your route with extra time to make it to your destination.
  • Avoid Distracted Driving: Texting, eating and drinking, gawking at billboards and adjusting climate controls can all contribute to accidents. According to the American Automobile Association, looking away from the road even for just two seconds can double your risk of crashing.
  • Check Your Blind Spots before Changing Lanes: With more drivers on the road, there is a higher risk that your vehicle will be in a trucker’s blind spot. According to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study, nearly 10 percent of large truck collisions are same-direction side-swipe accidents.
  • Take Breaks: If you notice the signs of fatigue, pull over to a safe place and rest for at least 20 minutes. Pack some items to help keep you awake if you will be driving at night or during times with little rest.
  • Do Not Speed: If the roads are slick, you will require a longer stopping distance. This increases the risk of causing a rear-end accident. You can avoid this by reducing your speed and extending your following distance.

Semi-Truck Blind Spots: Know The “No Zones”

Due to their massive size and weight, semi-trucks or 18-wheelers are without a doubt the “kings of the road”. These large trucks tower over other types of vehicles, and because truck drivers sit so high above other motorists, many people assume they have a bird’s eye view of the highway and everyone around them.

In reality, semi-truck operators have fairly limited visibility surrounding their vehicles. Because the tractor-trailers are so big, it’s simply impossible for a truck’s driver to see every area around their rig. 18-wheelers have four major blind spots, which are sometimes referred to as “no zones,” because it is unsafe to remain in these spots if you’re driving near a semi-truck. Knowing about these no zones can help you avoid them.

The Front “No Zone”
18-wheelers often move slowly when picking up speed, which can be frustrating to other motorists. If you’ve ever spent miles stuck behind a large truck, then you probably know how tempting it is to zip around whenever you get the chance. This action is very dangerous because semi-trucks have a front blind spot that can extend up to 20 feet in front of the truck’s cab. Semi-truck drivers cannot see vehicles in this front area which can be deadly if the semi must stop quickly during one of these maneuvers.

If the truck’s driver can’t see you, he or she might not be able to adjust or calculate adequate space between the truck’s grill and the bumper of the car ahead of you. Terrible injuries will be suffered when passenger vehicles are sandwiched between a semi and another vehicle, so don’t let it happen to you!

The Rear “No Zone”
Semi-trucks also have a large blind spot immediately behind the truck’s trailer. At up to 200 feet, the rear no zone is quite large. Motorists who follow trucks too closely do so at their own peril, as the truck’s driver may not even know there is a vehicle that close to the trailer.

If the truck tries to stop quickly, there becomes a risk of underride -which occurs when a car slides under the truck’s trailer usually sheering off the top of the car and causing catastrophic injuries or fatalities. This is a very serious situation and should be avoided at all costs!

The Right “No Zone”
The right no zone is the largest of all the semi-truck blind spots and can extend over three lanes of traffic. This blind spot roughly starts at the truck’s passenger side truck door and spreads outward to cover the lanes next to the truck’s trailer. This is why passing a semi on the right is extremely dangerous, since the truck’s driver is unlikely to know you’re there until it’s too late.

If you cannot see the truck driver’s reflection in his or her side mirror, then you are within the truck driver’s blind spot and they cannot see you. If you happen to stay in those blind spots,  you will be preventing the trucker’s ability to take evasive action to avoid a dangerous situation if necessary.

The Left “No Zone”
The left side blind spot is the smallest, but it is still dangerous. If you can’t see the truck operator’s side mirrors, he or she probably can’t see you, either. Louisiana is home to some of the most dangerous highways in the country. The Louisiana Highway Patrol is taking steps to lower the number of highway crashes by educating motorists about tractor-trailer no zones. Whether you’re a regular highway commuter, or just an occasional interstate driver, here are several ways to stay safer when you’re sharing the road with semis:

  • Always pass any vehicle on the left, but take extra care to always pass tractor-trailers on the left side only.
  • After you travel past a semi-truck, don’t move in front of it until you can see the entire semi in your own rearview mirror.
  • Don’t linger in a semi-truck’s blind spots.
  • If you are behind a semi-truck and you can’t see its side mirrors, you are probably following too closely.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident crash, call our Shreveport 18-wheeler accident lawyers today to schedule a free consultation concerning your important case.

Uninsured Motorist Protection

Louisiana motorists are generally required to maintain liability insurance on their vehicles. The main purpose of liability insurance is to pay damages on behalf of the insured party in the event that someone is injured by the negligent operation of a vehicle. Under state law, each vehicle must carry liability coverage of at least $15,000 per person injured or killed, and at least $30,000 per accident if two or more people are injured or killed.

Unfortunately, far too many people ignore these laws and drive without the necessary insurance to keep themselves and other motorists protected while driving. To address this problem, Louisiana law requires that every auto insurance policy issued in the state include uninsured motorist coverage, unless the customer specifically rejects the coverage in writing.

What is Uninsured Motorist Protection?

The uninsured coverage must be in amounts at least equal to the policy’s liability coverage, unless the customer opts in writing for lower coverage or chooses coverage for economic loss only, without coverage for pain and suffering.

The law defines an uninsured motorist to include a hit-and-run driver who cannot be identified. Under this circumstance, there must be physical contact between the vehicles unless the injured person can prove, through an independent witness, that the unidentified driver caused the accident. An uninsured motorist is also defined to include someone who is underinsured; that is, they have insurance, but not enough to cover all of the victim’s injuries.

In a serious injury claim arising out of an auto accident, uninsured coverage can play a key role in providing adequate compensation for the victim. It is a good idea for every driver in the state of Louisiana to make sure that they have uninsured coverage in their insurance policy, and if not, to get coverage as soon as possible.

Who Needs Uninsured Motorist Protection?

Louisiana has a mandatory uninsured motorist statute. By means of this, a person in Louisiana buying automobile insurance is also presumed to have bought uninsured or underinsured coverage. Louisiana law specifically requires that the individual purchasing the insurance policy reject such coverage if the mandatory uninsured motorist coverage is not going to be included. In fact, Louisiana has a form that the individual purchasing the policy will have to sign in order for the underinsured coverage to be officially rejected.

This can be important to note because there are occasional cases where we are able to show a judge or jury that the individual purchasing the policy never rejected such coverage before being involved in an auto accident. Courts will hold that they are entitled to underinsured coverage unless they have specifically signed off on the rejection form.

Why Is Uninsured Motorist Protection So Important?

It is estimated that the rate of uninsured motorists on Louisiana roads is approximately 13%. This number is slightly under the national average of 13.8% but still presents a major threat to uninsured and insured drivers alike. If a driver’s expenses are not covered by a form of insurance, they must be provided for by the driver typically out-of-pocket. Lower monthly premiums through rejection or underinsurance also comes with a severe, more costly risk.

When a person is injured by a negligent driver and the driver turns out to be uninsured, the injured person can make a claim against the uninsured coverage of their own policy. The uninsured coverage essentially takes place of the liability coverage that the negligent driver failed to carry.

The experienced auto accident attorneys at Gordon & Gordon understand the troublesome and confusing world of insurance navigation. If you or a loved one are suffering as a result of an auto accident, whether insured or uninsured, please contact us today at 318-716-HELP (4357) for a free and confidential consultation to protect your rights and limit potential liabilities.