Operating under the influence (OWI) is a criminal offense with its own set of penalties under state law. However, an OWI—also referred to as a DWI in Louisiana—can have civil liability consequences if the driver causes an accident that injures others.
When you or a family member has suffered injuries in a DWI accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses. A DUI accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers in Alexandria is here to represent your interests and protect your rights.
Our Law Firm Can Help You Pursue Compensation for Your Injuries
A DWI accident can cause you costly and painful injuries. You may be able to get compensation for your injuries, but you need to prove your case. Our lawyers can investigate the facts that led to your accident and gather evidence to support your case.
For example, evidence that we can use to prove fault in your case might include:
- Accident reports
- Eyewitness statements
- Videos or photographs of the accident and the scene
- Results of chemical testing for the driver
- Information from any related criminal cases
We also can help you provide evidence of the losses that you have suffered in your accident. This evidence typically involves copies of medical bills and related expenses, statements showing lost income or wages due to your injuries, and documentation of other losses. Together, we can build a strong case for compensation against those who are responsible for causing your injuries.
For a free legal consultation with a dui accident lawyer serving Alexandria, call (318) 333-3476
We Know How to Seek Justice for Victims of Alexandria DWI Accidents
We focus our practice on representing the interests of injury victims and their families. Through the combined 100 years of experience of our attorneys, we have recovered over $200 million for our clients in jury verdicts and settlement awards.
Our lawyers can analyze your situation, discuss your options, and help you make the best decisions for you and your family. Since we regularly handle cases involving DWI accidents and other car accidents, we know what kind of evidence it takes to build your claim. We also know how to negotiate with insurance companies and take matters to court, if necessary, to reach a fair resolution.
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We Work on a Contingency-Fee-Basis
We want to be able to represent the interests of all victims of DWI accidents. As a result, we take personal injury claims on a contingency basis. This means that you pay nothing for us to get started on your case. Instead, we get paid when you receive compensation for your injuries.
Liable Parties in Alexandria DWI Accident Cases
In most cases, the intoxicated driver is responsible for the accidents that they cause. Under RS §14:98, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or more while under the influence of alcohol or controlled dangerous substances. Evidence of intoxication by alcohol or drugs can support a personal injury claim against a driver who causes a DWI accident.
However, other parties can face liability in DWI accidents, too. For instance, if the driver was on the job at the time of the crash, an employer might share liability. Although Louisiana strictly limits the liability of establishments that sell alcohol for DWI accidents, some exceptions might make bars, restaurants, or liquor stores that provided the driver with alcohol liable for a crash.
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Types of Compensation You Can Seek in DWI Accident Cases
You can collect different kinds of damages when you suffer injuries in a DUI car accident. Our Alexandria lawyers can help you get documentation of your injuries and other losses to support your claim for compensation. Available types of damages might include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost income from being unable to work
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma from the accident
Other potential types of compensation might include the repairs to or the replacement of your vehicle damaged in the crash. Our lawyers can help you place a dollar value on all your losses and present your demand to the insurance company for the driver. We can work toward recovering the value of your losses.
Sources of Compensation in DWI Accident Cases
The most common source of compensation for injuries suffered in a DWI accident case is the insurance policy of the driver. If the driver has no insurance or an insurance policy that is insufficient to cover your losses, then you can sue the driver personally, but they may not have the funds to pay you. Fortunately, you may have other options.
In cases involving a driver with no or inadequate insurance, you also may be able to get compensation from your own insurance policy. Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage can provide you with compensation in cases such as these. We also can help with these types of insurance claims.
Time Limits in DWI Accident Cases in Louisiana
CC §3492 sets a strict time limit for filing lawsuits stemming from injuries in DWI accidents. Generally, you only have one year from the date of your DWI accident to file your case.
If you miss this deadline, you likely will be unable to get any compensation for your injuries. This could leave you with the sole burden of your financial and personal losses from the accident. You also will miss the opportunity to hold the responsible parties accountable for their misconduct in causing the accident that led to your injuries.
Learn More About How Our Attorneys Can Help
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can work with you through every step of your case so that you have the information that you need to make decisions in your case. An Alexandria lawyer from our law firm will accompany you throughout the processing of getting compensation for your injuries from a DUI accident.
Call (318) 777-7777 for a free consultation about the services that we can offer you today. Learn more about how we can help you following your DWI accident.