Drunk drivers may be held financially liable for the accidents they cause. If an intoxicated motorist caused your vehicle accident, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you fight for compensation.
A lawyer that handles drunk driving accident cases in Hammond from our firm can file an insurance claim or pursue a civil lawsuit on your behalf. We want to help you pursue the settlement or verdict you need to pay for your medical bills and other accident-related expenses.
You May Deserve Compensation for Your Injuries or Your Loved One’s Death
If you suffered injuries or your loved one died because of an intoxicated driver, we can help you seek justice. We can help you fight for financial awards to compensate you for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
Personal Injury Compensation
We will help you seek the maximum settlement possible for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and personal property damages.
This may include awards for:
- Medications and medical devices
- Emergency services
- Surgeries and other procedures
- Hospital stays and long-term care services
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Back pay and loss of future earning capacity
- Vehicle replacement or repair bills
- Loss of a limb, bodily function, or mobility
- Permanent injuries, cognitive disabilities, and/or scarring or disfigurement
- Depression, anxiety, and loss of enjoyment of life
Wrongful Death Compensation
If your spouse, child, parent, or another close relative died from injuries sustained in a drunk driving accident, a wrongful death claim might allow you to recover compensation for the funeral and burial expenses. You may also win compensation for the loss of your loved one’s financial and household contributions and your loss of companionship.
For a free legal consultation with a drunk driving accident lawyer serving Hammond, call (337) 777-7777
Let Us Take the Work Out of Seeking an Insurance Settlement
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you seek a settlement from the at-fault driver’s insurance provider. We can also help you seek compensation from your own insurer if you carry additional, optional policies, such as uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
Our attorneys can file your paperwork, collect evidence, and communicate with the insurance companies on your behalf. We will look over your settlement offers and negotiate in an attempt to secure the most advantageous settlement possible for you. We can take the insurance burden off of your shoulders so that your energies can go toward your recovery. We will provide you with updates every step of the way.
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We Can Help You Show How the Other Driver is Responsible for Your Accident
To win compensation for an auto accident, you typically must prove that another party’s negligent actions caused your crash. Driving while intoxicated is a clear example of negligence. According to the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles, drivers are over the legal limit if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher.
Drinking and driving can cause:
- Reduced concentration
- Difficulty steering
- Delayed response times
- Reduced speed control
- Vision impairment
- Inability to maintain a steady lane position
All of these actions can lead to accidents and severe injuries.
Evidence of Drunk Driving
A drunk driving accident lawyer in Hammond from our firm can help you show that an intoxicated driver caused your crash using:
- Evidence of alcohol or drugs at the scene
- Field sobriety test results
- Breathalyzer test results
- Previous DUI violations
- Photographs of the crash site
- Medical records
- Eyewitness testimony
- Cell phone or surveillance footage
Civil and Criminal Actions are Separate
There are criminal penalties for drinking and driving, including fines, jail time, and loss of your driver’s license. Intoxicated drivers may face more serious charges for causing injuries, death, or property damage.
The state pursues criminal action against drunk drivers, but this is not related to the civil action you may take. A drunk driver could, theoretically, not get convicted of criminal charges and still be financially responsible for your civil damages.
If there is insufficient evidence for us to show that the at-fault driver was drunk, we may still be able to prove their negligence with evidence that they caused your accident by violating a traffic law, such as running a stop sign.
The Deadline to Sue in Louisiana
Though we will make every effort to resolve your case outside of court, we can help you with a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit if needed.
According to CC §3492, you typically have one year from the time your injuries incurred to file a personal injury lawsuit. You generally have one year from the time of your family member’s death to file a wrongful death lawsuit under CC §2315.2. If you do not commence an action within these time limits, the court will likely not hear your case.
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The Attorneys at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Can Help You Starting Today
It is unfair for you to have to foot the bill for someone else’s irresponsible decision to drink and drive. Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you fight to hold the drunk driver who injured you or your loved one financially accountable. We can help you seek compensation for your personal injuries or your family member’s wrongful death.
To learn more about how we can help with your case, call our team at (337) 777-7777 for a free case review.