If you have been injured in an accident with a drunk driver in Shreveport, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your physical injuries, financial hardships, and mental anguish.
The Morris Bart law firm represents drunk driving accident victims across the state of Louisiana and beyond. As such, we know how serious these accidents can be. That is why our attorneys continuously fight to hold these negligent parties responsible for their actions.
The way we see it, drunk drivers made the decision to drink and get behind the wheel, so they should have to face the consequences of their actions. If you decide to retain a Shreveport drunk driving accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm, our attorneys can investigate your case and gather evidence on your behalf, with the ultimate goal of proving liability and revealing the truth behind your accident.
To learn more about our legal services, contact a member of the Morris Bart law firm team today at (318) 553-5470. We offer free consultations to Shreveport car accident victims.
The High Rates of Drunk Driving in Shreveport
According to data from the Center for Analytics & Research in Transportation (CARTS) at Louisiana State University, Caddo Parish had 1,198 arrests for driving under the influence in 2018—the third-highest total of any parish in the state.
The year prior, over 40% of motor vehicle accidents in Louisiana were related to alcohol, according to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (HSC). Sadly, in 2017 alone, these drunk driving accidents cost 311 people their lives, with many others being seriously injured.
For a free legal consultation with a Drunk Driving Accident lawyer serving Shreveport, call (318) 553-5470
Liability for Drunk Driving Accidents
In a personal injury case, liability may be established with proof that the responsible driver caused the accident by committing a negligent act. Any violation of traffic law that causes an accident may also qualify as negligence, such as:
- Failure to yield
- An illegal lane change
- Running a red light
- Not using headlights at night
- An illegal turn
This means that you may not necessarily need hard evidence that the responsible driver was intoxicated in order to hold them liable for your damages. If a responding officer issued a DUI to the other driver, this certainly may be used as evidence in your case. However, even with no such criminal charges against the responsible driver, proof that they caused your accident by breaking a traffic law may establish their liability in a personal injury case.
When a Shreveport drunk driving accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm represents you, we can investigate the accident and gather proof of liability. This may include:
- Photos, videos, or a police report from the accident
- Witness statements
- Your medical records
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
As every accident creates unique challenges, the Morris Bart law firm would love to start gathering information about your case today. To get started with your free case review, contact a representative of our firm at (318) 553-5470.
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How We Assign a Value to Your Losses at Morris Bart
While drunk driving accidents can cause devastating physical injuries, accidents like these can also have a significant financial impact on you.
Fortunately, you may not have to accept these financial hardships when your accident was caused by a negligent driver. If the other party is found to be liable for your accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation for applicable damages, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capability
- Property damage
- Mental anguish
- Disabilities and disfigurements
A Shreveport drunk driving accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can help document your financial, physical, and psychological suffering when we represent you. We can use a variety of methods to assign a value to your case, including:
- Documenting expenses related to your recovery, including hospitalizations, physical therapy, medications, disability accommodations, and more
- Gathering invoices, receipts, bills, employment documentation, and other resources to track the scope of your financial losses
- Calling upon industry experts to help assign a value to intangible losses, such as mental anguish
The Statute of Limitations in Louisiana
Per Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, there is a general one-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in Louisiana. This means that your lawsuit may need to be filed within one year of the accident, or you could lose your right to recover compensation via a lawsuit.
There may be some exceptions to this general one-year time limit. The Morris Bart law firm can help you meet the deadlines in your case and protect your right to sue when we represent you. Call us today to learn more about how the statute of limitations pertains to your case.
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Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers Fighting for Victims in Shreveport
With 16 locations across four states, the Morris Bart law firm is committed to defending the rights of drunk driving accident victims. If you decide to retain a Shreveport drunk driving accident lawyer from our firm, we can handle the legal side of things out of our Shreveport office while you continue working on your recovery.
To learn more about our legal services and to receive a free, no-obligation consultation on your case, contact a representative at the Morris Bart law firm today at (318) 553-5470. We handle many drunk driving accident cases on a contingency-fee-basis where our clients do not pay us attorney fees unless and until they recover compensation via a settlement offer or court award.
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