Car crashes are all too common in Louisiana and the unfortunate reality is that sometimes those crashes can be avoided if drivers exercised appropriate caution.
When you or someone you love has been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, our Baton Rouge car accident attorneys are here help you fight for a fair settlement. At Beall & Thies, we bring experience, a sharp attention to legal detail and a vigorous fighting spirit to all of our cases.
WHat Are the Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in Louisiana?
Every accident is unique unto itself, so regardless of the reason, people should still seek legal counsel. But some of the most common causes where negligence is concerned surrounds a driver speeding, or otherwise driving recklessly.
A driver who is operating under the influence can certainly be held liable and the civil case our office can bring against such a driver can be strengthened by citing the criminal charges that may come from the District Attorney. Inclement weather is a common cause of car accidents in Louisiana.
In cases like these, our Baton Rouge car accidents attorney has to work with the client to demonstrate that the defendant breached their duty of care to drive safely. What that means is that some accidents are just that—accidents. When that happens, there is no negligence, and therefore no grounds for a civil lawsuit.
However, if a driver failed to make reasonable adjustments to inclement weather, that can be cited as a breach of duty, which can in turn mean they were negligent.
Beall & Thies understands the issues that arise in car accident lawsuits, we know how to investigate, and we don’t back down in negotiations with insurance companies. Put us on your side today. Call (225) 577-6223 or fill out our online contact form to set up a consultation.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES?
Baton Rouge car accidents can be devastating and have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries. Every year, thousands of people across the country are injured in auto accidents due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness. Injuries sustained in a car accident can include, but are not limited to:
- Whiplash: This injury is commonly caused by rear-end collisions and can cause neck pain, stiffness, headaches, dizziness and difficulty with range of motion in the spine.
- Broken Bones: A car accidents often involves enough force to cause broken bones or fractures in multiple areas such as the arms, legs, feet and head.
- Internal Injuries: This type of injury may not be visible from an external viewpoint but can be very serious. Internal bleeding or organ damage could lead to long-term consequences if left untreated.
- Spinal Cord Injury: These injuries are usually more severe than whiplash and require medical attention immediately to increase the chances for a full recovery. Paralysis can result from spinal cord trauma sustained during a car accident.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Even low speed impacts have been known to cause TBIs. These injuries can cause symptoms ranging from short term memory loss to permanent brain damage depending on the severity of the accident itself. Victims who have suffered any head trauma following an auto collision need to seek immediate medical attention, so they can begin proper treatment before any long-term effects occur.
A knowledgeable Baton Rouge auto accident lawyer understands how these injuries can affect the lives of victims. With your attorney's help, you may be able to secure financial relief that will cover medical expenses as well as other damages related to your injury.
Why You Must Prove Your Baton Rouge Accident Caused Your Injuries?
Part of proving negligence on the part of the defendant is showing that the car accident was, in fact the cause of the plaintiff’s injuries. That might seem obvious, and there are cases where it will be.
But other cases can involve significant shades of gray. Is a person’s pre-existing back problem the cause of their injury or was it the crash? That’s just one example.
Plaintiffs can be assured the insurance company for the defendant will go through medical records seeking to disprove causation. Our experienced Baton Rouge car accident lawyers have a good understanding of what it takes to protect the best interests of our client.
Experienced Baton Rouge Car Accident Attorneys You Can Trust
Beall & Thies has been in business as a firm for over 20 years. Our attorneys have combined experience of over 100 years. We can answer your questions, and more importantly, we can fight for your interests against a defendant’s insurer and their well-heeled lawyers.
How long do I have to file a car accident lawsuit in Louisiana?
An injured plaintiff has 1 year from the date of the injury to file their lawsuit. In cases where an injury did not become known until after the fact—e.g., a back problem after a fender bender—then the 1-year clock starts ticking at the point a plaintiff could reasonably be expected to be aware of their injury. –
How long will it take to resolve my case?
We need to know more about the specific circumstances of your case, and the answer to this question will also depend on whether the case goes to trial or is resolved in negotiations. We would advise clients to be prepared for at least a six-month process, with the knowledge that serious accident cases can stretch out for several years.
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Russell W. Beall
"Russell W. Beall is a founding partner in the Baton Rouge law firm of Beall & Thies LLC. His main emphasis of practice is on Civil Litigation including Torts, Products Liability, and Premises Liability. Russell is a frequent guest speaker at Louisiana State University Law School where he participates in the Appellate Advocacy Program and the Professionalism Orientation. He earned his B.A. degree at Louisiana State University (1998) and his J.D Louisiana State University Law School (2001). Russell is an active member of the Louisiana Association for Justice and is frequently invited to be a guest speaker at continuing legal education seminars."Read Full Bio
William W. Thies
"William W. Thies was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1974 moving with his family to Slidell, Louisiana at seven years of age. Mr. Thies graduated from Slidell High School in 1992. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in history and political science from Louisiana State University in 1996 and his Juris Doctorate from the Southern University Law Center in 2001. He was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association in May 2002. He is a member of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, American Bar Associations, and the Louisiana Association of Justice. He is admitted to practice in all state courts, the United States District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Louisiana, as well as the United States Supreme Court."Read Full Bio
"Jacob H. Thomas is originally from the Piney Hills of North Louisiana, known for producing great litigators such as Huey P. Long as well as several other notable statesmen on the both the federal and state levels.Read Full Bio
Jake is a graduate of Jonesboro-Hodge High School and Northwestern State University where he was a member of the Theta Mu chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the NSU Presidential Leadership Program, and the Inter-Fraternity Council serving as Vice President."
"Aaron Humphreys joined Beall & Thies, LLC as an associate attorney in the fall of 2016. He was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association in May of 2016. Aaron is also a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Justice."Read Full Bio
"George G. Caballero practices general civil law and focuses on plaintiff’s personal injury, wills, and successions. George joined Beall & Thies as of counsel in 2017 after starting Caballero Law Firm in 1993. Mr. Caballero has over thirty years of experience as an attorney and has served clients in various matters ranging from business and tort litigation, business, family law, and successions.Read Full Bio
Mr. Caballero is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Mississippi College School of Law. Upon graduation, he immediately went into the private practice of law, practicing in both Louisiana and Mississippi."
Jewel “Trae” E. Welch, III
"Trae is a lifelong resident of the Baker-Zachary area. Trae is the son of The Honorable Judge Duke Welch, currently presiding on the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals, and former East Baton Rouge Councilwoman, Roxson Welch. Trae is married to the former Lynn Caldwell of Tallulah, Louisiana. Together Trae and Lynn are raising their two children Quade and Vivian."Read Full Bio