Were you injured in a vehicle accident involving a drunk driver? Driving under the influence (DUI) is dangerous and illegal. A Lafayette DUI attorney with Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you seek damages from the intoxicated driver who caused your crash.
You Should Not Have to Pay for Losses caused by a Drunk Driver
Alcohol’s negative effects on our ability to drive are widely known, which is why all 50 states have laws prohibiting DUI. In Louisiana, anyone with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher is above the legal limit, according to the Louisiana Department of Public Safety (DPS). The state also prohibits the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of narcotic drugs or central nervous system stimulants.
Driving under the influence is negligent. Those who choose to consume alcohol or drugs before getting behind the wheel should be responsible for the damages they cause. If you suffered injuries because of an intoxicated driver, you might have the right to pursue compensation for:
- Medical bills, including emergency treatment, surgeries, and hospitalizations
- Cognitive rehabilitation
- Physical therapy
- Medical devices and mobility aids
- Long-term care services
- Vehicle repairs
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- The value of lost household services
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish and emotional suffering
- The wrongful death of a loved one
For a free legal consultation with a dui accident lawyer serving Lafayette, call (337) 223-9925
Our Firm has Helped Auto Accident Victims Recover Millions of Dollars
The severity of your injuries, the extent of your medical treatment, and the impact of your accident on your quality of life all affect the compensation you may receive. Every case is different, but we have secured multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for previous clients. Our successful case results include:
- $5.25 million for an auto accident resulting in a brain injury
- $5 million for a paralyzed driver
- $2 million for an auto accident resulting in spinal cord injuries
Our attorneys can help you calculate your damages and pursue the highest amount of compensation available in your case. We have helped clients from Lafayette and greater Louisiana win more than $200 million in awards. We want to help you get the money you need to get your life back on track.
Lafayette DUI Accident Lawyer Near Me (337) 223-9925
Our DUI Lawyers Can Handle Your Auto Insurance Claim so You Don’t Have to Deal with the Insurance Companies Alone
Louisiana requires that drivers carry liability insurance to pay for bodily injuries and property damages they cause. Our DUI lawyers can help you seek compensation via an insurance claim. We will file your paperwork, manage and adhere to deadlines, and fight for you during negotiations.
Our team will take care of communicating with insurers on your behalf. Not only does this relieve you of this burden, but it also ensures that you are not pressured into saying or doing something that could negatively affect your claim. If an insurance representative reaches out to you, be calm and polite, provide only basic information about your accident and injuries, and do not accept their initial settlement offer. Tell them future contact should go through your lawyer.
What if an Uninsured Driver Caused Your Crash?
If an uninsured drunk driver caused your crash, you might be able to pursue compensation through other channels. If you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, or another optional, additional policy, we can help you seek an advantageous settlement from your own insurance provider.
Some car accidents have more than one liable party. We can investigate your crash to determine if a vehicle or roadway defect contributed to your accident. If so, you may have a case against a manufacturer or the entity in charge of the roadway. There could be more than one other driver involved, as well.
If we cannot settle your case outside of court, we can assist with a civil lawsuit. You have one year to pursue legal action for personal injury, according to CC §3492. If you are seeking damages on behalf of a deceased loved one, CC §2315.2 allows one year to file a wrongful death case. You must take action before the statute of limitations in your case expires.
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We Take Pride in Building Strong Cases for Our Clients
Whether you are seeking an insurance settlement or a verdict at trial, we can help you prove the at-fault driver was intoxicated and that their reckless driving led to your injuries and damages. We can build a DUI case using:
- Accident and police reports
- Breathalyzer and sobriety test results
- Medical records
- Photographs and videos of your accident and/or crash site
- Eyewitness accounts
- Expert testimony
You can assist your attorney by keeping copies of expenses related to your accident. This includes medical bills, vehicle repair receipts, and your wage records.
We Will Help You Find an Attorney Who is the Perfect Match for Your Case
Actions have consequences. Drinking and driving can lead to impaired judgment, delayed reaction times, and reckless decisions. People who put themselves and others in danger by driving under the influence should pay for the harm they cause. With more than 100 years of combined legal experience, the team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers knows what it takes to get victims the compensation they deserve.
With multiple lawyers on staff, we will match you with an attorney that is the right fit for you and your case. We want you to get justice, and we do not want the process to place another burden on you and your family.
Call Our Attorneys for Help Today
We take cases on contingency, meaning you owe us nothing unless we win a settlement or verdict in your favor. We can help you get started on your case today. Call our offices at (337) 777-7777 for a no-cost case evaluation.