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Are you thinking about hiring a New Orleans car accident lawyer?

If so, consider hiring New Orleans Car Accident Lawyer Brent Cueria, who is committed to maximizing your financial recovery. 
  • We have recovered millions for our clients. Our entire team is dedicated to maximizing your recovery. 
  • We know the insurance company’s playbook and the ways they will try to reduce your compensation.
  • We do not charge a fee unless we win money for you. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we handle all up-front costs and collect a fee when the case is closed.
  • We provide free consultations, and we are also available to answer your call 24/7. 
  • Maximize Your Recovery: People who hire a lawyer to handle their car accident cases recover significantly more money than those who do not.

We hope the information below answers any questions that you have about car accidents in New Orleans. If you would like to contact a New Orleans car accident attorney at the Cueria Law Firm, we can be reached at 1-800-899-7102, and we always offer free consultations.

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DO I HAVE A GOOD CAR ACCIDENT CASE?

Insurance companies view your car accident case as nothing more than a liability to their company. In their eyes, you are not a person who deserves compassion and respect – Instead, your car accident is viewed as a risk that will decrease the insurance company’s bottom line. Insurance companies also know that you will not likely hire a lawyer when you have been mistreated. Because of this, they often get away with paying people less than needed to recover from an accident in New Orleans. 

There are many car accident attorneys in New Orleans that you can choose from. However, our edge is the fact that our team has decades of experience in recovering millions for our clients. Our experience enables us to understand what it will take to get the insurance company to pay up.

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT IN NEW ORLEANS?

Although all accidents are different, below we have listed some standard do’s and don’ts that are helpful to keep in mind after a New Orleans car accident:

  • Call a first responder:
     After you have been involved in an accident in New Orleans, you should contact the police to investigate the scene and create a report. 
  • Move your car to safety: 
    Your safety is most important after an accident. Move your vehicle to a safe place if possible.
  • Exchange Information:
     It is necessary to get all the critical information from the other driver involved in your car accident. It is best to take a picture of the other driver’s insurance card, license plate, and driver’s license.
  • Never Admit to Fault: 
    The smallest comment you make at the auto accident scene can be taken out of context and lower your entire claim. You should never accept or admit to any fault before speaking with an attorney, even if you believe you may be responsible. 
  • Photos of the Accident Scene:
     Directly after an accident, you should take pictures of the vehicles, accident scene, and any injuries you have sustained if applicable.
  • Get Immediate Medical Treatment:
     If you are in pain after an accident, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Receiving treatment for your injuries will help prove your claim to the insurance company if they try to contest your case. 
  • Review Your Insurance Coverage: 
    Knowing what is in your insurance policy is essential following your car accident. This can help when you make your claim with the insurance company.
  • Make a Claim:
     You should make claims with the at-fault insurance company and your own insurance company to begin the claims process. 
  • Do Not Give a Recorded Statement:
     The other driver’s insurance company may ask you to take a recorded statement. You are NOT legally required to give a recorded statement in New Orleans. There is no benefit to you by providing a recorded statement, and it can even be used to hurt your case.
  • Know Your Rights: 
    Navigate the claim process confidently and understand when you may need to hire a lawyer. Check out our free car accident books for more information.

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NEW ORLEANS CAR ACCIDENT FAQ:

What claims can I make after an auto accident? 

Each car accident is different, and you could have many kinds of civil claims depending on the facts of your car accident case. 

Common personal injury claims include product defects, negligence, and intentional conduct. Negligence is the most common claim in auto accident cases in New Orleans. To prove this type of case, you will need to establish four elements: 

  • Duty: You will need to show that the other driver owed a ‘duty’ to you: to operate a vehicle in a responsible manner and compliance with applicable rules and ordinances. 
  • Breach of Duty: You must prove that the other driver breached the ‘duty’ by not safely operating their vehicle. 
  • Causation: You will also need to verify that the defendant’s ‘breach of duty’ caused the car accident and your damages. 
  • Damages: You must verify that the other driver’s negligence caused your damages and injuries. 

If the court finds that the other driver was negligent, you may recover damages caused by the car accident. Compensation after a New Orleans car accident usually includes medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering payments.

In rare cases, such as a drunk driving accident, you may recover punitive damages from the defendant. Punitive damages are designed to punish the other driver for reckless conduct and to deter this bad behavior. 

If you have any questions about your claim, our New Orleans attorney is more than happy to speak with you and review your case.

How long do I have to file a car accident claim in New Orleans? 

The prescription period, or statute of limitations, is the time to file a lawsuit in New Orleans. In Louisiana, the statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit is one year from the accident date.

For an underinsured or uninsured motorist claim, the statute of limitations is two years.

How much does a lawyer cost? 

Most car accident lawyers in New Orleans take cases on a contingency fee basis. A “contingency fee” means that the lawyer will handle all expenses for your case upfront and will receive a percentage of the settlement when the case is over. After the case, the lawyer will deduct their costs, such as filing fees, deposition fees, and expert witness fees. The attorney is not entitled to a fee payment if there is no settlement.

Do not hesitate to ask our New Orleans Car Accident Lawyer Brent Cueria about any questions you have about contingency fee agreements. We understand that hiring a lawyer is a rare event for many people, and we are more than happy to answer your questions.

Can I recover money for medical bills? 

You can recover medical bills and expenses as damages from the at-fault driver. In some instances, the other driver may not have enough insurance to cover your medical costs. If that is your situation, you may need to look to your UM coverage, health insurance, and recovering money from the other driver’s assets to make your case whole.

After an accident, you need to get immediate medical assistance if you are injured. Directly following the accident, you should call the police to report the car accident. Be sure to inform the 911 operator if you need medical attention and fully describe the extent of your injuries. 

Can I recover money for lost wages? 

You can also retrieve money for wages and income lost due to your car accident in New Orleans. You will need to prove that your injuries were severe enough to prevent you from working your regular job. You will also need to show the amount of wages lost due to your car accident injury in New Orleans. For workers who do not have a regular paycheck, you will need to prove what you would have expected to earn during the time you missed work. 

Will my vehicle repairs be paid for by the other driver? 

The at-fault driver’s insurance should pay you to repair your vehicle after a New Orleans car crash. If your car has been totaled, you should receive the fair market value from the insurance company.

Insurance companies often try to underpay property damage claims or even deny them. If the other driver’s insurance refuses to pay for your property damage, you should consult with a lawyer and attempt to obtain repair costs from your own insurance company. You may have a valid bad faith claim for wrongfully refusing to pay a claim, in some cases. 

Am I entitled to a rental car? 

Not all insurance policies give coverage for a rental car after an accident. You will need an attorney to review the other driver’s insurance coverage to see if there is rental car coverage. If the other driver does not have rental car coverage, your insurance policy may provide it. 

What if I have a car note? 

A car note is separate from your property damage claim after a car accident. The value of your property damage claim is not based on the amount you owe – it is based on the car’s value before the accident. Suppose you are involved in an accident, and your vehicle is totaled and paid out based on the value of the car. In that case, you will still have to pay any outstanding amounts owed on your car note. Unfortunately, the payment for your car’s value may not be enough to pay the entire cost of your car note. If you are worried that your settlement may not be enough to cover your expenses, contact us today to discuss your claim with an experienced New Orleans Car Accident Lawyer.

What if I was in a hit-and-run accident or hit by an uninsured driver?

Your insurance company has the responsibility to provide you the opportunity to purchase uninsured and underinsured motorist (UM) coverage in the state of Louisiana. UM coverage is meant to substitute coverage when the at-fault driver does not have insurance, or for hit-and-run accidents.

If you do not have uninsured motorist coverage, your only claim is against the driver who hit you. We suggest that all drivers in Louisiana purchase UM coverage. New Orleans has one of the most significant rates of uninsured drivers, and UM coverage helps fill the gap after a car accident in New Orleans.

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Thanks to the Cueria Law Firm for everything they did to help me and my family along the way with my case they really work hard... for in time needread more
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Leslie Onisick
20:36 01 Jul 20
Brent Cueria & his team were so helpful in assisting me with a car accident. They were available whenever I had a question and... were happy to help in any way they could! Highly recommend!read more
Jessica Richardson
Jessica Richardson
19:57 10 Jun 20
Brent Cueria is a great attorney and a really nice guy. His staff is always really helpful. I highly recommend his law firm if... you are in a car accident and have a bad injury. His firm is supportive all the way through.read more
Amanda Hawkins
Amanda Hawkins
20:26 09 Jun 20
I was recently in an accident and called the first lawyer I could find and talked to a lady that got me in contact with Brett or... Brent I can't remember his name needless to say he said I didn't have a case. The call made no sense so I called someone else The Lambert Firm and I highly recommend them they are amazing and took me step my step through the process. Please take my advice and don't take advice from Cueria Law you will be waisting your time.~ Amandaread more
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Jataun Cooper
16:50 11 Dec 19
Wonderful law firm! Friendly staff, friendly attorney! I love this place and will definitely recommend Mr. Cueria to anyone!
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brandon newton
21:43 26 Sep 19
Mr. Brent and his team his paralegals were very helpful in every step of the processes involving my legal dispute.They were... completely understanding in every part of this.I am very thankful for them.read more
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carolyn clay
20:56 18 Jul 19
Had a Great experience. These guys are great and fast. They are on it. Y’all need to check out this law firm. Check them out u... won’t be sorry but you will get a fair settlement because they are fair people. Been hurt??? Don’t wait. Call them today and let them litigate...read more
Lady Soul
Lady Soul
11:37 07 Jun 19
This company has zero moral compass for clients! MR. Cueria talks a good game, but doesn’t deliver. I explained the challenges... of my case upfront, and was told, he cares about his clients , and will fight to the end. Once he saw he had to actually WORK, he dropped me without any valid explanation. It’s ALL business with him, which is understandable, but to drop a client that was out of work, disabled due to accident, but advertised you’re a high moral caring company that makes the client a priority is immoral! If your case is not a easy open/ shut/ settling with insurance for small amount case, DO NOT CALL this law firm.read more
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Kevin Byrd
15:59 08 May 19
Mr. Brent Cueria does an amazing job! He was always available for any questions or concerns that I had. There was never a moment... that he wouldn't take the time to help me out and keep me updated on the process of my case! A great attorney and an amazing guy!read more
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