When you become a parent, there are certain events in your child’s life that you’ll remember forever. You’ll remember the first time you took them to play in the local youth park on Johnston Street. Memories of their first day as a kindergartner at Broadmoor Elementary School frequently resurface, along with triumphant soccer games at Moore Park and field trips to Lafayette Science Museum.
One event you’ll never forget is their fifteenth birthday. This day meant they could get their learner’s permit and start driving. While it was the inauguration of their independence, it was also the start of your endless years of worry. When your child starts to drive, the once-safe back roads all of a sudden seem so much more dangerous, and for good reason. You can teach them the way of the wheel and remind them to wear their seat belts, but there are many factors that neither you nor anyone can control.
Even in the small town of Lafayette, LA, auto accidents happen quite frequently, leaving individuals with life altering injuries. That is the last thing you want for your precious teen, but accidents do happen, and not only to inexperienced teenage drivers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 30,000 fatal motor vehicle crashes occur each year. In Lafayette Parish alone, there were almost 3,000 injury-causing crashes in 2014. In these Lafayette accidents, the driver was the most frequently injured. These driver injuries accounted for around 3,000 of the 4,800 injuries calculated in Louisiana State University’s crash per parish data report.
The statistics are daunting and the numbers don’t lie; injury-causing auto accidents, whether they’re motorcycle, car, or truck related, are common, and the costs involved are unequivocal.
Motorcycle Accident Injury
To ride a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience, but it is also a dangerous one. With only your helmet, clothing, and other gear to protect you, accidents can be some of the most debilitating. And many times, these accidents are fatal.
We were reminded of motorcycle accident fatalities when we learned of the two-vehicle crash on I-49 in early September 2014. An elderly man was riding a 2001 Harley Davidson in the early afternoon, and when a Dodge went to merge, all went awry. The motorcycle rider, in an effort not to run into the vehicle, lost control of his bike. The motorcyclist passed away in the hospital.
When motorcycle accidents don’t result in fatalities like this one, they involve major injuries. According to NHTSA, over 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in either injuries or death. These injuries can range from burns to broken limbs and can be as severe as becoming paralyzed for the rest of your life.
When motorcycle accidents occur, many rush to blame the bikes for their dangerous nature, but they aren’t necessarily the root of the accident. Just like every crash in Lafayette Parish, there is a cause and effect, and the blame isn’t automatically assigned to the driver of the most dangerous auto vehicle. Accidents can be caused by a myriad of things: poor road conditions, vehicle defect, driver error—the list goes on.
As auto accident injury attorneys, the lawyers at the Law Offices of Matt & Allen know that it is difficult to comprehend how to truly recover from an accident of this gravity. Know that we’re here to help you. While you’re focused on your healing, as you should be, we will be doing all that we can to ensure that your financial security isn’t at risk because of someone else’s negligence.
Car Crash Injury
Car accidents can be some of the most surprising things to happen to you. However, the shock and dismay that accompany a rear-ending, pile up, or head on collision are sometimes nothing to the shock you feel when you read how much your injuries cost. The fees for hospital visits, ambulance rides, rehabilitation appointments, and prescription medications all add up, and despite your just-in-case savings, it’s not enough.
The truth is, though, it doesn’t have to be enough. When you’ve been in a car accident and sustained injuries because of someone else’s negligence, you shouldn’t have to handle the costs all by yourself. The financial and emotional strain on your family shouldn’t be underestimated.
When people call our Lafayette office, one of the most frequent questions we receive is whether or not we can help them. They ask, “Can you help me if it was my fault?” The question we ask back, though, is how do you know if it was your fault or not. When an accident impacts your life in this way, it is worth investigating, and calling our personal injury law office is the first step. Our car accident injury attorneys can walk you through your options and explain the process.
Don’t Feel Guilty About Seeking Help
Whether you’ve been in an accident or your teenage driver crashed the new car, whatever you do, do not feel guilty for seeking help and asking questions. After an auto accident, it is pertinent that you ask your questions to the right people. While your decisions may seem rushed, you have options. Learn about your options after an auto accident from the Law Offices of Matt and Allen. For over 50 years, we have been helping individuals just like you who have had their lives altered by a motorcycle, car, or truck accident in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana.
Have you been in an auto accident in southern Louisiana? Please contact our office and speak with a personal injury attorney for a free, no commitment consultation.