Even though it is illegal and its risks are widely understood, driving while intoxicated is still a major problem in Louisiana. According to a study by Louisiana State University’s Center for Analytics & Research in Transportation, an estimated 2,900 alcohol-related injury crashes occurred in Louisiana in 2019—260 of these crashes included a fatality.
If you were injured in a crash caused by an intoxicated driver in Kenner, you may be able to recover compensation in settlement negotiations or a personal injury lawsuit. The Morris Bart law firm represents Kenner victims in such legal actions. While you concentrate on recovering from your injuries, our lawyers can build a case in your defense and pursue compensation on your behalf. Compensation could cover your current and future medical care costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
For a free consultation about your accident and legal options, call the Morris Bart law firm today at (800) 537-8185. We operate on a contingency-fee-basis with no upfront payments due for our representation.
Driving While Intoxicated and Liability
In the state of Louisiana, driving while intoxicated (DWI) can mean one of several things:
- Driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher.
- Driving while using illegal drugs.
- Driving while using prescription drugs whose instructions prohibit the user from operating a vehicle.
- Driving while combining alcohol with prescription drugs whose instructions prohibit users from mixing with alcohol.
When a car accident occurs, law enforcement officials may run BAC tests on either driver should they suspect that alcohol or drug intake played a role in the accident. If the driver does not test at a BAC of at least 0.08%, they may not issue a DWI citation. Even if the driver who caused your accident did not receive a DWI citation, they may still be liable for your injuries. For this type of lawsuit, you only must prove that the responsible driver’s negligence caused the accident that led to your injuries. You may be able to prove this with evidence that the driver caused the accident by committing a traffic law violation, such as:
- Failure to yield or respect another car’s right of way.
- Drifting out of their lane.
- Running a red light or stop sign.
- Driving at an excessive speed.
If you can produce evidence of a traffic law violation or other forms of negligence, it may be enough to prove liability in your case, even without additional evidence of the driver’s intoxication. However, if the police did issue a DWI ticket to the responsible driver in your crash, this may be used as evidence of negligence in your case.
The Morris Bart law firm can study police reports, interview witnesses, and examine video of the scene to determine who is liable for your injuries. We may be able to hire accident reconstruction experts to testify in your defense as well. To get started, call the Morris Bart law firm at (800) 537-8185. Consultation calls are free.
For a free legal consultation with a Driving While Intoxicated Accident lawyer serving Kenner, call 800-537-8185
Possible Compensation in a DWI Lawsuit
If you can establish that the intoxicated driver in your accident is liable for your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for the following:
- Medical costs
- Estimated future medical treatment costs
- Prescription drug costs
- Costs for equipment needed to cope with your injuries
- Costs for therapy
- Lost wages for time missed at work
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
- And more
If your family member was killed in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, you may be able to hold them accountable in a wrongful death lawsuit. The following damages may be recoverable in a wrongful death case:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Costs of medical treatment prior to death
- Loss of protection
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- And more
To discuss what types of compensation may be available in your driving while intoxicated case, contact the Morris Bart law firm for a free consultation.
We Will Work Tirelessly on Your Behalf
At the Morris Bart law firm, our Kenner driving while intoxicated lawyers understand that injuries after a car accident can be life-changing and may reduce your quality of life. Knowing that these injuries were caused by someone’s preventable and selfish behavior can make matters even worse. We defend Kenner driving while intoxicated accident victims because we believe in holding intoxicated drivers responsible for the damage they cause to innocent lives. While you concentrate on your recovery, our lawyers can:
- Identify the liable party.
- Gather evidence of their liability.
- Gather evidence of the extent of your injuries.
- Negotiate with the insurance companies for a settlement offer on your behalf.
- Sue them in court if they are not willing to make you a fair offer.
- Continue to defend your rights.
The Morris Bart law firm represents accident victims in Kenner and across the New Orleans metro area, including Orleans Parish. Do not wait too long to take legal action in your case. Louisiana imposes a one-year statute of limitations on personal injury and wrongful death cases.
This means that if you wait longer than one year after the accident to take legal action, you could lose your right to recover compensation in a lawsuit.
Our team can discuss what legal deadlines apply to your case when you call us for a free consultation at (800) 537-8185. The Morris Bart law firm does not require upfront payments for representation. Our Kenner driving while intoxicated lawyers operate on a contingency-fee-basis, where our clients pay us with a percentage of their settlement offer or court awards if their case succeeds.
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