If you or a loved one suffered injuries in an accident caused by a drunk driver in Lake Charles, a lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can help. Our lawyers can help you hold the drunk driver liable and recover compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. Call us now at (337) 377-0514 to get help from a Lake Charles DUI accident lawyer.
How a DUI Accident Lawyer Can Help You
At the Morris Bart law firm, our DUI accidents lawyers will fight for compensation for damages you suffered in an accident caused by a drunk driver.
- Build a solid case on your behalf
- Establish the value of your short- and long-term damages
- Negotiate a fair settlement for your damages
- Fight back against defense team strategies to avoid liability
- Resolve your case in court if necessary
Supporting You with Legal Advice
Your lawyer will explain your rights and help you weigh legal options. Additionally, they will identify the parties responsible for your injuries and discuss how they intend to protect your interests throughout the insurance and legal process.
Completing an Accident Investigation
Your Lake Charles DUI accident lawyer will investigate your case, prove how the accident occurred, establish liability, and gather evidence to hold the defendant liable for your injuries. The investigation can gather evidence such as:
- Eyewitness statements
- Surveillance video of the accident
- Photographs of the accident or your injuries
- Police reports of the accident
- Record of the driver’s DUI arrest and results of any chemical testing
Your attorney can also secure expert testimony from engineers, accident reconstruction specialists, and other parties who can help determine and prove liability.
Helping You Recover Damages for Your Injuries
Victims of DUI accidents may sustain serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries, head trauma, broken bones, internal injuries, and permanent disabilities. Accident victims may experience significant medical bills, lost wages, reduced future earning capacity, and other losses and expenses. Victims may experience considerable pain and suffering too.
The Morris Bart law firm can help you pursue compensation for the short- and long-term damages you suffered, which may include:
- Medical bills (current and future expenses)
- Physical or vocational therapy related to your injuries
- Lost wages
- Reduced future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Call (337) 377-0514 for help recovering damages in your DUI accident case.
For a free legal consultation with a DUI Accident lawyer serving Lake Charles, call 800-537-8185
Your Lawyer Can Identify Liable Parties for a DUI Accident
In most cases, the party liable for a DUI accident is the drunk driver himself or herself. But in some cases, other parties could be liable too. Speak with your lawyer about who could be liable for your accident and how you can hold them responsible for your damages.
Intoxicated Driver’s Liability for a DUI Accident
It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.08 or more under Louisiana Revised Statutes § 14:98. Drivers who operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated are acting negligently. If they cause an accident, they could be liable for other parties’ damages in addition to the criminal penalties they face.
While the criminal and civil cases are separate, records from the criminal case that help establish negligence (chemical test results, police reports, etc.) may be useful in proving the drunk driver’s liability.
Dram Shop Liability for an Accident
Unlike other states, Louisiana does not have a traditional dram shop law. Dram shop laws typically allow those injured by intoxicated drivers to hold bars, restaurants, or social hosts liable for serving a visibly intoxicated person who later injured or killed another party.
Louisiana Revised Statutes § 9:2800.1 limits the liability of establishments that serve alcohol to people who injure others. Two exceptions are if the establishment or social host forced the defendant’s intoxication or misrepresented an alcoholic beverage as non-alcoholic.
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Statute of Limitations for DUI Accident Cases
You have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit in Louisiana, just one year to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. If you fail to meet this deadline, you could be unable to bring your lawsuit.
So, contact a lawyer at the Morris Bart law firm right away if you or a loved one suffered injuries in a DUI accident in Lake Charles. We can help you file your case and meet all deadlines applicable to your case.
Contact the Morris Bart Law Firm for Help in Lake Charles
According to a CDC report on drunk driving in Louisiana, drivers in Louisiana reported driving after drinking too much at a rate higher than drivers nationally. Two-and-a-half percent of Louisiana drivers reported driving after drinking too much in the past 30 days versus 1.9% of drivers nationally.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in an accident caused by a drunk driver, a Lake Charles DUI accident lawyer from our firm can help. Our DUI accident lawyers are ready to help you recover damages for your injuries. Call today at (337) 377-0514 to discuss your case with a member of our team.
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