WWLTV reports on a recent accident on I-10 East that injured 28 students who were on a field trip to the National World War II Museum. The crash involved two charter buses that were transporting the students. Fortunately, none of the students were seriously injured, though one was reportedly in a wheelchair after undergoing a medical evaluation.

According to The Advocate, the accident occurred when one of the buses slowed down for traffic and another bus rear-ended it. Authorities intend to cite the driver of the second bus, Jewell Mendes, 59, for careless operation of a motor vehicle.

Although this particular wreck did not cause critical injuries, students did sustain cuts, neck strain, and headaches – which are an early symptom of a traumatic brain injury. Often, the full extent of car accident injuries is not apparent until several hours or days after the incident. The cost of medical bills can add up quickly, but if your child was injured due to another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation to pay for healthcare expenses and other damages.

A Baton Rouge auto accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Law Firm can evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim. Our award-winning attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience protecting the rights of the injured. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 800-522-6733.

Read on to learn the answers to three FAQs about car accident claims in Louisiana:

  1. How long do I have to file a car accident claim in Louisiana?

Each state has a time limit for filing personal injury claims. This is known as the “statute of limitations.

In the state of Louisiana, the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is one year from the date when the injury occurred or from the date when the injury should have been reasonably discovered. Although there are certain exceptions to this rule, most of them do not apply to car accident cases. If you decide to file a lawsuit after the statute of limitations has expired, the court will most likely dismiss your case.

  1. How much is my personal injury claim worth?

The answer to this question depends on the specific facts of your case. Calculating personal injury damages can be complicated – especially if you intend to pursue compensation for exemplary damages or pain and suffering. An auto accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Law Firm can evaluate your case, gather evidence to prove the value of your damages, and help you fight for the maximum compensation.

  1. What evidence might my attorney use to support my claim?

It depends on the specific facts of your case. Your attorney may rely on the following evidence to prove negligence, liability, and the value of your damages:

  • Photos of the crash scene;
  • The police report;
  • Medical records;
  • Witness testimonies;
  • Testimonies from medical or financial experts;
  • Testimonies from accident reconstruction experts;
  • Any receipts for accident-related expenses; and
  • Paystubs, tax returns, and other proof of lost wages.

If you or someone you love was injured by a negligent driver, contact Laborde Earles Law Firm. A Baton Rouge personal injury lawyer will handle the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

Call 800-522-6733 today to schedule a free consultation. Visit USAttorneys.com to learn more about car accident lawsuits.