According to a news report, an ambulance driver in Destrehan caused a fatal three-car crash on Airline Driver. Allegedly, the ambulance driver was responding to a call when the ambulance drifted into a turn lane, colliding with the rear bumper of a 2012 Cadillac CTS. The Cadillac was pushed into the path of a 2008 Toyota Rav4 in the northbound lanes of Airline Drive. The Toyota caught fire after leaving the road. The collision resulted in one death and five injuries.
Speed may have been a factor in the crash. A State Police spokeswoman said that the ambulance driver was at fault for the tragic traffic accident and the matter was being turned over to the district attorney’s office. The ambulance driver could face criminal charges, including negligent injury and negligent homicide.
Suing a Large Corporation or Government Entity
Personal injury lawsuits against other drivers can be complicated; however, when you face a government entity or large corporation as the liable party, a personal injury lawsuit can become extremely complex. When a large corporation is the defendant, as might be the case with an ambulance owned by St. Charles Parish Hospital, the corporation typically has a large legal team to fight lawsuits. In the case of a wrongful death, the damages can be quite substantial; therefore, the corporation aggressively fights to mitigate the damages. You need an aggressive attorney who can stand up to large corporations to ensure your rights are protected.
When a government entity is involved (some ambulances are owned by government entities), special steps must be taken to preserve your right to file a lawsuit. Your time to file a claim may be drastically reduced when you intend to sue a government entity. If you fail to comply with the rules, you may lose your right to file a lawsuit against the government entity.
Protect Your Right To Recover Compensation In A Personal Injury Lawsuit
Most personal injury claims are settled outside of court without the necessity of filing a lawsuit. Even though you may not need to file a lawsuit to settle an accident claim, it is still in your best interest to consult with a New Orleans personal injury attorney. Insurance adjusters can be very aggressive and relentless in their efforts to convince you to settling your injury claim before speaking with an attorney. However, many times an accident victim discovers his or her injuries are more serious than previously thought or that additional medical treatments or surgeries are needed. Settling your claim too early may result in you receive far less than your accident claim is actually worth.
Our New Orleans car accident attorneys have extensive experience valuing traffic accident claims. Before you sign any documents or provide any statements to the insurance company, call our office for a free case evaluation.
Free Legal Consultations With NoLA Car Accident Attorneys
The personal injury attorneys of The Olinde Firm want to help you seek justice as you continue to heal from injuries sustained in a car accident. Contact our office at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to schedule a free legal consultation.