Louisiana Automobile Accident Lawyers
In 2013, there were approximately 620 fatal car crashes in Louisiana, according to Louisiana State University’s data reports. Orleans Parish had the most deaths (44), followed by East Baton Rouge Parish (37) and Lafayette parish (34). In 2013, there were also 43,886 crashes that caused injury. East Baton Rouge Parish took the lead with the most injury-causing crashes (5,877), followed by Orleans Parish (5,309) and Jefferson Parish (3,797).
Automobile accidents often lead to injury or death, and the costs of car accidents can be astronomical when factoring in medical costs and lost wages.
Louisiana automobile accidents happen for many reasons. Some are caused by bad weather or poor road design, while others are caused by vehicle defects that cause malfunction. Many car crashes occur as a direct result of driver behavior. When a crash is caused by the negligent behavior of another driver, it is important to contact an experienced Louisiana auto accident lawyer as soon as possible after the accident.
Understanding Louisiana Auto Accident Laws
In the state of Louisiana, drivers are expected to behave in a reasonably safe manner. This means avoiding aggressive driving, staying within the speed limit, paying attention to what other drivers are doing, and obeying all safety rules.
A driver who fails to drive in a reasonably safe manner puts others at risk. Breaking the rules of the road or driving in an unsafe or careless way is considered a breach of legal duty and is called “negligence.” When a person is deemed legally negligent, he or she can be held responsible for the costs of all injuries that occur due to that negligence. In other words, if a person’s carelessness causes a car wreck, the careless driver must compensate the injured victim(s).
In auto accident cases, the injured person must prove that the other driver was negligent and that the negligence caused a crash. The injured person must also show how severe the injuries are in order to recover compensation. An injured victim can be compensated for his or her auto accident injuries either by settling in an out-of-court agreement with the responsible driver’s insurer or by filing a personal injury lawsuit with the courts.
L. Clayton Burgess: Louisiana Auto Accident Lawyers
When you negotiate a settlement or go to court in a car accident case, the process can be challenging. At every step, you will deal with insurance company experts, complex laws, and confusing court rules. It is always better to have an experienced Louisiana auto accident lawyer on your side to represent your interests and protect your rights. At the monroe offices of L. Clayton Burgess, our Louisiana auto accident attorneys operate on a no/win, no/fee policy, so you pay nothing unless you receive compensation.
Not every attorney can handle car accident cases with skill and experience. Our Louisiana car accident attorneys have 20+ years of experience handling car accident cases. We can put that legal experience to work for you in the following types of cases:
- Automobile Accident Injuries
- Types of Car Accidents
- Rear-End Accidents
- Head-On Collisions
- Multi-Vehicle Accidents
- Single Vehicle Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Texting While Driving
- Motorcycle Crashes
- Truck Accidents
- Wrongful Death Cases
L. Clayton Burgess is an experienced car accident attorney and personal injury lawyer with offices throughout Louisiana.
Many accident victims will suffer debilitating injuries that restrict their daily lives, and others will lose their lives. Auto accidents often cause people to require long term care or ongoing therapy. Serious injuries can cause a loss of income and add stress to the victim.
Victims of auto accidents are entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and for permanent injury or disfigurement.