A busy metropolis like New Orleans will see its share of traffic disturbances from time to time. Whether the result is a single car fender bender or a multi-car wreck, car accidents can cause a plethora of traffic problems. When an accident occurs, a ripple effect of backed up traffic may become part of the day’s headlines. For those directly involved in an accident, a single event can have a ripple effect on individual quality of life that last long after a car is repaired.

A crash that occurred early this month on Louisiana’s Interstate 12 is likely to change the lives of many. Initially, there were two cars involved in an auto accident at an onramp near Mandeville. Before the incident came to a close, the traffic melee had expanded to include a string of accidents that backed up traffic for miles. Ambulances were called to the scene and officials set up a command center nearby to try to manage the traffic disaster.

The cause — or causes — of this chain of accidents is still under investigation. However, it is safe to say that those injured during the accident may discover the need to recoup compensation for medical bills and lost wages. Those impacted by the accident may need the assistance of a personal injury attorney to obtain fair compensation.

Accident victims are often entitled to seek compensation for damages from those responsible for causing injuries. When proceeding with a civil claim for a car accident, victims must be able to demonstrate that the negligence of one or more parties caused or contributed to the accident. As the investigation concludes, it is likely to become clearer who can be held accountable for this Louisiana accident.

Source: The Times-Picayune, “Multi-car accident snarls traffic on I-12 east of Mandeville,” Kim Chatelain, Dec. 3, 2012