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What Compensation Can I Expect from my Accident Claim?

Louisiana law recognizes two separate forms of compensation: Actual damages, meant to cover actual medical bills, lost wages, pain & suffering and other losses and punitive damages, meant to punish the negligent party for inappropriate behavior. Louisiana State law allows punitive damages, but only in specific situations. It can get very complicated very quickly and […]

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Who Is Liable In a Side Impact Collision?

If you have ever been the victim in a car accident, you know how scrupulous an insurance adjuster and the court system can be. If you are lucky, the accident resulted in minor damages to your vehicle and perhaps whiplash. However, we all know accidents can be far more expensive, painful, and heartbreaking as well. […]

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Drinking & Driving Advice from a Lawyer: Don’t Do It!

It is never a good idea to drink and drive. You not only risk your own life, but the lives of others. The numbers do not lie; almost half of every auto-related death is from alcohol. Take it from Waitz and Downer Attorneys at Law; driving drunk is not something to mess around with. There […]

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Is a Car Accident Cause for Wrongful Death?

It is one of the most dangerous activities known to man, yet something that we all do on a daily basis: driving a vehicle. According to national death statistics, car accidents are one of the most common causes of deaths in the United States, falling behind heart disease and cancer. If you have a loved […]

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Common Causes of Fatal Car Accidents

As summer approaches, more Americans will hit the road, heading to vacation, to see new sites, or just driving a joy ride. As more Americans travel, car accidents will become more common, many of these fatal. Eyes On The Road The most common cause of fatal accident is, surprise surprise, distracted driving. In an age […]

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Is There a Formula for Auto Accident Settlements?

When it comes to an auto accident, there’s only one thing they have in common. No one likes to be involved in one. Whether you are at fault or the victim, an auto accident can be very stressful and time consuming to deal with. If you have been injured in an accident, you want to […]

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How to Keep that Auto Accident From Ruining Your Life

Getting in an auto accident is never on anyone’s top ten list of things to do. It seems like an overwhelming process that takes up all day, every day to get through. There’s paperwork, and then there’s your car. Damaged, possibly repairable. So now you add shopping for a new car to the list – […]

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The Critical Steps To Take When You’re In An Auto Accident

If you’re in an auto accident, you may find yourself in a heightened emotional state. Decisions you make in the aftermath of a car accident can be critical. Be sure you’re prepared to respond to an auto accident by reviewing important steps when you’re calm and collected. What to do in an accident: If you […]

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Drunk Driver Accident Statistics

Being involved in a drunk driving accident is no laughing matter. Every time a person gets behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, he or she is putting not only his or her own life at risk, but the risk of countless others on the road. The following statistics are a sobering wake-up call to the […]

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Why You Should Never Wait to Hire an Attorney after an Accident

Accident victims often question whether they need to hire an attorney right away, or if it’s okay to wait and see what the insurance company will offer in a settlement. While you can wait to hire an attorney, it’s typically not in your best interest to do so. In most cases, especially with moderate to […]

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