What Should You Do When You’re Involved in a Car Accident?

What Should You Do When You’re Involved in a Car Accident?

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during 2012 alone, some 2.36 million people were injured and another 33,561 killed in motor vehicle accidents. As these number prove, car accidents happen with far too much frequency in the U.S. and with devastating results. The south Louisiana area is no exception, with many crashes requiring the services of personal injury lawyers in Lafayette LA. From a relatively minor rear-end accident to a serious head-on crash, being involved in any type of car accident is traumatic and scary. Serious and disabling physical injuries can result from even relatively minor car accidents and leave an individual unable to work or participate in and enjoy normal activities. In the immediate wake of a car accident, it’s important to know what steps to take. First, check the physical status of everyone in the vehicle and determine if anyone is in need of immediate medical attention. In cases where a vehicle is in the way of traffic, when possible, it’s wise to move the vehicle to the right hand side of the road. Next, call the police who will respond and survey the accident scene, take statements and file a formal accident report. It’s also important to exchange driver’s license and car insurance information with the drivers of any other vehicles that were involved in the accident. It’s a good idea to also obtain identifying information about any passengers that were involved in the accident. When interacting with other drivers and passengers, it’s important to remain calm and not to blame or accuse anyone of any wrongdoing. Likewise, it’s also important not to assume fault for anything related to the accident. If injuries result from a car accident, it may be necessary to retain the services of an attorney to represent your case. Work with experienced personal injury lawyers in Lafayette LA to ensure that you receive the best representation and the compensation you deserve for the physical and mental toll that a car crash can inflict. National Safety Council, “What to Do When You Are Involved in a Car Crash,”...

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Distracted Driving and Serious Injury: An Ongoing Problem

Distracted Driving and Serious Injury: An Ongoing Problem

Louisiana readers know that distracted driving is a growing and serious problem that endangers the personal safety of every driver and passenger. In reality, distraction behind the wheel is just as dangerous as drunk driving, with the potential to cause serious injury and death. Statistics indicate that this problem is not diminishing, and safety education is critical. Texting and phone use is the most common type of distracted driving, brought about by the popularity and widespread use of smart phones. This behavior is particularly dangerous because it affects cognitive, physical and visual function. While texting is a frequent cause of distracted driving, other dangerous, distracting behaviors include talking with other passengers, eating, emailing, putting on makeup and using the GPS navigation. Statistics clearly underscore the sobering reality that phone use, even for a moment, is not only common across the country — it is rampant. At any given time, as many as 660,000 people are using the phone while driving. Distracted drivers often exhibit some of the same behaviors as drunk drivers, including swerving, driving at erratic speeds, running through intersections and more. Teen drivers are prone to distracted driving, but many of them have seen this negligent and reckless behavior demonstrated by their parents. Like drunk driving, distracted driving should be taken seriously. Victims who have suffered serious injury or have lost loved ones due to a negligent driver should take quick action to protect their interests. It is possible to hold irresponsible drivers to account for their actions with the help of experienced personal injury lawyers in Lafayette LA. Source: distraction.gov, “Distracted Driving : Facts And Statistics“, Accessed on Aug. 23,...

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Unsure of What Caused Your Truck Accident? We Can Help.

Unsure of What Caused Your Truck Accident? We Can Help.

If you have been injured in a truck accident involving a tractor-trailer, you are likely feeling overwhelmed and uncertain. All motor vehicle accidents are frightening, but a truck accident often involves major damage and serious injuries, in addition to dealing with trucking companies and insurance providers. After a truck accident in Louisiana, you could benefit from having experienced personal injury laywers in Lafayette LA to help you walk through the aftermath. There are many reasons why truck accidents happen, and it can be difficult to determine what factors played a role in your particular situation. Insurance companies may offer you a settlement or the trucking company may try to place the blame on you, but you do not have to accept either. We can fully and thoroughly investigate your situation, establishing liability by gathering evidence and documentation to support your injury claim. As truck accidents often cause serious injuries, it is likely that you had to seek medical treatment or have continued health care needs. Health care expenses can be overwhelming, leaving you and your family with a huge financial burden. These expenses are not your fault, and you may have a valid claim to financial compensation. We will seek the full amount to which you are entitled, working to help you get the compensation that you deserve. Our personal injury lawyers in Lafayette LA know how much a truck accident can change your life. We will remain at your side, explaining your legal options and advocating for your rights and interests. Find out how we can help you by seeking a case evaluation with a member of our experienced team. To learn more, you can contact our office for an appointment to learn about the options available to...

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Real Estate Closings by BHAA Abstract & Title

Real Estate Closings by BHAA Abstract & Title

What can I expect at a Real Estate Closing?  When purchasing a home or a piece of property, the final step of the transaction is referred to as the “closing.”  For many, the real estate closing can be a very exciting part of the purchasing process.  However, for some, the closing process can be quite overwhelming.   At BHAA Abstract & Title, LLC, we strive to make the closing experience a happy and memorable one, while also ensuring that the closing process is as seamless as possible.  At the conclusion of the closing, the Buyer will leave as the owner of the new property they acquired at closing, while the Seller will leave with the net proceeds from the sale. Whether you are the Buyer, Seller, real estate agent, or lender, try to ask your questions ahead of closing day to avert delays.   New regulations promulgated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau require that a Closing Disclosure form (formerly the HUD-1) be sent to the Buyer/consumer 3 days in advance of the closing.  This window of time affords the Buyer/consumer a chance to review the details of the transaction and to identify any problems or issues prior to the closing.  We always strive to move the closing along in a timely manner. How long will my closing last?   At BHAA Abstract & Title, LLC, we strive to make every closing fun and to provide a friendly atmosphere.  Typically, we will briefly explain each document being signed to ensure that all parties are comfortable with the transaction; however, we are always willing to answer any and all questions presented.   Our “purchase transactions” typically take forty-five (45) minutes to one (1) hour to complete and our “refinance transactions” typically take thirty (30) minutes to complete.   In either case, if the Buyer, Seller or Refinancer has additional questions or needs additional time to examine or discuss the documents, we are more than willing to accommodate them. What is the role of the Buyer at a Real Estate Closing?  If you are the Buyer and you are borrowing money from a lender in connection with the purchase of the property, you will not only sign the documentation necessary to make the sale a legal contract, but you will also sign documentation related to the loan contract.   This documentation is referred to as the “closing packet” and will also include a mortgage over the property you are purchasing. If you are the Buyer and you are borrowing money from a lender, lenders will require that the Buyer purchase a lender’s title insurance policy, or, at minimum, a thirty (30) year title opinion on the property being mortgaged.  When a lender’s title insurance policy is required,...

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PERSONAL INJURY: 18 Wheeler Accident

PERSONAL INJURY: 18 Wheeler Accident

Freightliners, commonly referred to as eighteen(18) wheelers, are essential to the transportation of goods around the country, and it is estimated that there are over 2 million of these large trucks operating in the United States today. As a consequence of so many large trucks operating on the country’s roads and highways, accidents involving these trucks occur every day, and those accidents may include personal injury incidents. These vehicles may weigh in excess of 60,000 pounds and when an accident does occur involving an eighteen (18) wheeler, the outcome can be catastrophic. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are 3,964 people killed and an estimated 95,000 injured in crashes involving large trucks each year. Unsurprisingly, seventy-one percent (71%) of the people killed in these crashes were occupants of the other vehicle(s). State and federal laws regulate the trucking industry and mandate strict limits on how long a truck driver can operate without stopping for rest and require reduced speeds in hazardous driving conditions. Sadly, many of the crashes involving a large truck are attributed to violations of these laws and/or the negligent actions or inactions by the truck driver, trucking company, manufacturer of the truck or its parts and/or any party responsible for maintenance of the truck.  If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in an accident involving a large truck, you may be entitled to substantial compensation via a personal injury case. Contact an experienced attorney at Boyer, Hebert, Abels & Angelle, LLC for your free case evaluation.  For more information on our personal injury case capabilities, see our Personal Injury Lawyers page. By: Justin...

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BHAA Wins Livingston Parish Mandamus Case

BHAA Wins Livingston Parish Mandamus Case

BHAA Partners Brian Abels and Mark Boyer are victorious in a case involving Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks. Below is an excerpt from the Advocate’s story covering the case, followed by a link to read the full article and download the notice of judgement.    “Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks no longer faces a court order to pay the legal bills of two former Parish Council members sued personally for alleged defamation, according to an appeals court ruling issued Thursday. The state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal said the Parish Council had other legal options besides seeking a writ of mandamus — a court order compelling a public official to perform a legally required duty — for settling its dispute with Ricks over the legal fees. The appellate ruling reversed an October 2014 order of Judge Brenda Ricks, no relation to the parish president, of the 21st Judicial District Court in Livingston, commanding the parish president to pay the bills. Judge Ricks had ruled that the parish president could not selectively choose which Parish Council resolutions he would follow…” click here to read the full article from THE ADVOCATE   DOWNLOAD NOTICE OF...

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