Kenner Car Accident Attorney: Peter Diiorio
According to LSU data reports, Jefferson Parish had 3,612 car accidents in 2021 that caused injury and 40 that caused death. Four hundred and thirty-five of these car accidents were single-vehicle accidents (rollover accidents, or any time a driver has a vehicle accident with no other vehicles involved), causing 25 fatalities. Rollover accidents are often caused by driver error, coupled with the type of vehicle driven—SUVs, pickup trucks, and taller passenger vans are more susceptible to rollover accidents. Across Louisiana, in the same year, 46,633 car accidents caused injury, and 863 caused one or more deaths.
Having a car accident happens in a mere instant. One moment you are driving home from work on a Friday afternoon, looking forward to the weekend, and the next, a negligent driver hits you, leaving you injured, perhaps unable to work, and completely overwhelmed. How will you get your car repaired, and how will you get where you need to be in the meantime? If you cannot work, how will you pay your normal monthly expenses? If your injuries are severe, can you get the medical treatments you need—and how will you pay for those treatments? When you hire Kenner car accident attorney Peter J. Diiorio, your life almost immediately becomes more manageable. You can suddenly see the light at the end of the tunnel and lose some of the crushing anxiety you have regarding your Kenner car accident.
Peter is a highly experienced Kenner car accident attorney who can competently remove these burdens from your life, handling all the legalities associated with a car accident. This can include negotiating with the insurance company for a settlement that will fully cover your injuries and other damages, helping you obtain the medical treatments you need, filing all the necessary paperwork, proving liability when necessary, and arguing your case in court should that become necessary. You pay nothing when you hire Peter Diiorio—nothing for your initial comprehensive consultation and nothing along the way until your case is settled for a fair amount.
What Are the Most Common Causes of a Car Accident?
Distraction has quickly moved up the list as the most common cause of car accidents. Drivers today may eat entire meals while driving down the freeway at 70 mph because we live in an increasingly busy society. Setting the GPS, texting, talking on a cell phone, daydreaming, turning around to see what pets or children are doing in the back seat, talking to a passenger, and even posting on social media cause hundreds of thousands of wrecks each year across the United States. The data on distracted driving accidents is difficult to come by since most drivers who cause an accident because they were doing something besides driving are unlikely to admit this to the police. Yet, some experts believe distracted might be the number one cause of car accidents.
Other causes of car accidents include driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, driving while overly tired or drowsy, reckless or careless driving, inclement weather, defective car parts like brakes or tires, or debris or animals in the roadway. Whatever the cause of your accident, it is important that the at-fault driver be held responsible. In some instances, reckless driving behaviors like constant lane-changing, tailgating, or failure to yield can result in a serious Kenner car accident. When you find yourself injured through no fault of your own, uncertain of where to turn, Kenner car accident attorney Peter J. Diiorio is ready to help you solve all the problems resulting from your car accident.
What Are the Potential Damages in a Car Accident Claim?
Your exact damages will depend on whether liability is clear, the extent of your injuries and the time it is expected to take for you to heal from those injuries. Liability may be established by the police when they investigate the accident and write a report, and the insurance company may investigate, or, once you hire a Kenner car accident attorney, that attorney may investigate. Once liability is established, the next question is what you are entitled to receive for your injuries and other damages.
Medical expenses related to your accident are reimbursable. If your injuries require months or years of medical interventions and treatments, you are entitled to future medical expenses as well. Medical expenses can include ER costs, hospital expenses, prescription drug costs, surgical costs, physician expenses, ambulance costs, and any ongoing expenses for rehabilitative therapies or necessary assistive devices. Lost wages can be awarded for any time you were unable to work due to your injuries.
If you will be unable to return to work for weeks, months, or possibly forever, you will also be entitled to future lost wages. Medical expenses and lost wages are economic damages because a specific cost can be assigned to them. Pain and suffering are considered a non-economic cost because it is more subjective, related to actual physical pain and emotional pain and trauma resulting from the accident. You are also entitled to receive property damages for the damage to your vehicle.
What is Pain and Suffering Following a Car Accident?
Pain and suffering damages refer to the physical and emotional pain you have suffered following your Kenner car accident. Physical pain following an accident is normal and usually resolves within weeks. In some instances, physical pain can become chronic—something you experience on a regular basis. Back and neck pain, chronic headaches, pain from nerve damage, and pain from fractures or bone breaks are the most common types of pain experienced by car accident victims. Some car accident victims are left with permanent physical pain, rendering them unable to enjoy their lives.
Pain and suffering also include emotional pain and trauma, such as mental and psychological distress that may last for weeks, months, or even longer. This type of mental anguish can be debilitating and disabling. Fear, worry, insomnia, anger, grief, frustration, or psychological trauma can diminish your quality of life. Some accident victims may have PTSD, particularly if the accident was particularly gruesome. Others may have suffered physical disfigurement from the accident that has left them unable to go out in public or living with constant embarrassment or humiliation because of the disfigurement.
Pain and suffering damages are generally determined using the multiplier method or the per diem methods. The per diem method assigns a specific dollar amount for each day from the date of the car accident to the date the victim is expected to reach maximum medical recovery (the victim’s doctor does not expect any further improvement). The multiplier method takes actual economic damages and then multiplies that amount on a multiplier, usually between 1.5 and 5, to reach an amount for pain and suffering. The worse the injuries and the longer it is expected to take before you recover will influence the multiplier.
How a Kenner Car Accident Attorney from New Orleans Legal Can Help
Kenner car accident attorney Peter J. Diiorio wants you to know that you are not alone and that he can help you put your life back together following your car accident. Mr. Diiorio finances personal injury claims entirely, from your first consultation, throughout the process until a settlement is reached. Peter will fight for maximum recovery on your behalf while being a strong advocate in your corner when you need it most.
Attorney Peter Diiorio never hesitates to go toe to toe with a big insurance company, demanding the company pay you what your claim is worth. Peter believes deeply in the power of team effort, working with a vast network of top-tier medical professionals, accident investigators, and experts in the areas of accident reconstruction, life-planning, and insurance to ensure your claim is fully supported. Contact Peter J. Diiorio and New Orleans Legal today.