If you or a loved one was injured because another driver failed to exercise the caution required of all drivers, then you may be eligible to collect compensation covering your losses. An Arnaudville car accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers will review your options and advise you of your next steps. You likely have medical bills and other accident-related expenses from a car accident that was not your fault. You should not have to pay these costs, and you have the right to hold the liable party responsible.
We will help you hold the liable party accountable for your damages and seek the compensation you are due to allow you to pay your expenses while you recover from your injuries. We are ready to help you now. You can review your next steps during a free consultation with our legal team.
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Our lawyer serving the Arnaudville community will file your case on time and ensure every required step is completed. We will:
- Help you identify all the liable parties in your accident
- File essential paperwork to get your case on the court docket as soon as possible
- Collect and organize case-supporting evidence from your accident to establish your damages and the liable parties’ negligence
- Interview witnesses, asking what they saw concerning the defendant(s) negligent behavior
- Speak with medical professionals to document your injuries, which may be necessary to collect awards
- Update you on all developments, applicable laws in your case
- Complete every step necessary with the aim to win a settlement or judgment in your favor.
- Defend your rights throughout the legal process.
These tasks are not simple, but our lawyer will complete each one as you focus on recovering from your injuries or start to rebuild your life after losing a loved one. If your lawyer manages your case successfully, you could collect compensation for your past and future losses.
For a free legal consultation with a car accident lawyer serving Arnaudville, call 337-221-9907
You Generally Have One Year to File an Injury Lawsuit
We encourage our clients to file legal action as early as possible. Louisiana allows injured parties only one year to sue a liable party for financial recovery over an injury, per CC Art. 3492. You also have only one year to pursue a wrongful death action, as CC Art.2315.2 notes.
These deadlines are not flexible in most cases. If you miss them, you risk losing your right to seek recovery from the party that injured you. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we can file your case on time in the proper court.
Arnaudville Car Accident Lawyer Near Me 337-221-9907
We Seek Financial Recovery for Arnaudville Car Accident Victims
The attorneys at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers collectively have 100-plus years of legal experience that we use to advocate for Louisiana’s injured. We help them seek awards that can help them recover after a life-changing accident or injury. We also protect their rights while aiding their efforts to hold negligent parties accountable.
Our clients come first, and we do everything we can to secure financial recovery for them. To date, we have recovered more than $200 million in cash settlements and verdicts. Our car accident case results include:
- $5,250,000 for an auto accident that caused a brain injury
- $2,000,000 for a car accident that resulted in spinal cord injuries
- $1,000,000 settlement for a car accident victim
- $900,000 for an automobile accident
- $180,000 for a defective tire that caused an accident and injured someone’s neck
We will Review Your Accident for Free
We offer all prospective clients a free case review to let them know if they have a case and what legal steps come next. If we take your case, we will not charge you any fees. We are a contingency fee-based firm. For you, this means we get paid only if we recover financial awards for you. Our compensation would come from an agreed-upon percentage of your case. If we do not win awards for you, you do not owe us any money.
We will pursue just compensation that will help you recover from the car accident as much as possible. We will determine the damages we can request from the liable party in your case after reviewing your damages.
Recoverable Awards You Could Seek After a Car Accident
The specifics of what caused your accident and the resulting damage will be important in determining what compensation you can pursue. With this in mind, you could recover:
Economic damages that cost you money:
- Medical bills and related expenses (This includes emergency transport from the accident scene, emergency room care you received, and your hospital stay).
- Long-term rehabilitation therapies for your injuries and trauma (physical, psychological, or both)
- Lost wages you could not earn while recovering from your injuries
- Reduced earning power if your injuries prevent you from working or make you enter a different line of work
- Property damages
Non-economic damages that cost you peace of mind and significantly affect your life:
- Pain and suffering (physical and mental)
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Loss of enjoyment of life (Any experiences that you will be unable to pursue—educational, professional, personal, or otherwise—because of your accident.)
Why Knowing what Your Car Accident Case is Worth is Important
We can prove your economic damages with written documentation, like a billing statement, invoice, or receipt. We will also evaluate your non-economic damages and assign a dollar amount to them. We will then add damages from both categories together and come up with a value for your case.
This is the amount we will request from the liable party and/or their insurer. This is an important figure because it will help you assess any settlement offers you get from an insurer, which usually is too low to meet our injured clients’ needs. We leave the final decision to you on whether to accept a settlement, but we will advise you if an offer you get falls below your compensation needs.
Collecting Wrongful Death Damages in an Arnaudville Car Accident Case
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident in Arnaudville, we offer our condolences and are sincerely sorry for your family’s loss. We would be honored to help your family review your options for wrongful death compensation if the collision caused your loved one’s fatal injuries.
Louisiana has specific laws that govern wrongful death actions, such as who can file this action and which family members would benefit in a successful case. The awards in a wrongful death action help the family pay their loved one’s medical bills, funeral expenses, and other end-of-life expenses. It also compensates them for the loss of their loved one’s household income and other damages. We can speak with you about this more during a free consultation.
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How Our Lawyer Handles Car Accident Cases
Insurance claims and lawsuits are complex matters but dealing with them while injured is often overwhelming for many people. Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers knows the period after an accident is challenging, so we do everything to make it easier, including taking on our clients’ legal affairs. You do not have to sacrifice seeking legal recovery while healing from your accident. You can have both, and we have helped thousands of people do just that.
We will do all the following if you hire us to manage your Arnaudville car accident case:
- Investigate your car collision to learn what happened and why
- Gather and examine evidence that supports your case (e.g., your medical records, witness testimony, and official police reports)
- Name all liable parties in your accident
- Establish the liable party’s (parties’) negligence
- Interview third-party specialists who offer supporting testimony (e.g., third-party doctor or accident reconstructionist)
- Negotiate with the liable party’s insurer on your behalf for a settlement
- File your legal action within the state’s statute of limitations
- Represent you in all meetings and legal proceedings
- Fight for your recovery at trial for a court-ordered award if negotiations don’t yield a settlement
- Answer your questions and concerns and explain the laws that apply to your case
- Update you on your case’s status and developments as they occur
What Negligence in Your Case May Look Like
Determining who acted negligently in your accident is significant to your case. Our car accident lawyer will determine how the defendants acted negligently, causing your accident and injuries. Your case must satisfy four elements of negligence to prove careless behavior led to your crash. These elements are:
- Duty of care. The defendant must legally owe you a legal obligation. In the case of a car accident, all motorists owe it to one another to keep everyone safe while operating a vehicle.
- Breach of duty. We must have evidence to show the liable party violated the duty to keep you safe on the road.
- The liable party’s failure to keep their legal duty led to negligence that caused your accident.
- As a result of this accident, you now have medical bills and other compensatory expenses that the liable party owes you.
Your case evidence must show all these factors played a role in your accident.
Negligent Driving Behavior Causes Accidents
According to data from the Center for Analytics & Research in Transportation (CARTS) at Louisiana State University (LSU), hundreds of crashes occurred in 2020 in Arnaudville, which sits on the border between St. Landry and St. Martin parishes.
There is an almost endless number of behaviors that can increase the risk of an accident. The law will likely view any behavior that exposes other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians to an unreasonable level of danger as negligence. Some motorist behaviors that can qualify as negligence are:
- Driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs
- Driving too closely to the vehicle in front
- Changing lanes abruptly
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Swerving in and out of lanes
- Failing to yield to oncoming traffic
- Failing to stop for red lights, stop signs, or disobeying other relevant road signs
- Driving at night without proper headlights
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that distracted driving took more than 3,000 lives in 2019. Distracted driving includes any behavior that leads you to take your attention from the road, such as:
- Adjusting the vehicle’s entertainment system
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Texting while driving
- Making a phone call while driving
- Turning attention to other passengers (including pets) in the vehicle or others outside of the vehicle while driving
These are just a few examples of the behaviors that may qualify as negligence and entitle you to compensation if they played a role in your accident.
Call Us Today to Discuss Your Arnaudville Car Accident
Fighting for financial awards after a car accident is challenging for most people. We aim to make it easy to take care of your legal matters while working toward recovery in other areas of your life.
We will fight for any compensation that’s due to you. Call us at (337) 777-7777 to learn more about how an Arnaudville car accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you. The initial consultation is free.