Lafayette Parish reported 2,719 automobile accidents in 2016, according to LSU Data Reports. As result of these accidents, 4,454 injuries occurred. There were 18 fatalities among these accidents.
Think about those numbers for a moment: Lafayette Parish alone had almost 4,500 lives impacted directly by automobile accidents in one year. Of those injured, 18 lives were tragically ended, impacting countless other lives in the process. That is just one parish in one state
We often consider the cost of an accident only in terms of time and money. But the truth is that sometimes after an accident there can be years of pain, both physical and emotional. Many accident victims will be fortunate if their only costs are financial. The medical debt that results from car accidents can be staggering. That’s why it’s important to have a Lafayette car accident attorney. Seeking compensation for medical expenses is what we do. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess has over twenty years experience in car accident cases.
Medical costs and lost wages can bring the financial impact of a car accident down on us much like the executioner’s sword. Prescriptions, physical therapy, prosthesis, travel expenses, doctors, specialists, surgeries, and even things as simple as over-the-counter medicine all pile up. Insurance isn’t a charity, it’s a business in the business of making money. Medical coverage runs out or co-pays premiums may run high. When you factor in the fear of losing your standard of living as the weeks since your last shift at work become months and you have the highest-stress situation many of us will ever face.
Bad things happen to good people. Living in an area prone to disasters like Lafayette, Louisiana, we know this all too well. Lafayette car accidents, just like any other city, happen for a multitude of reasons. Louisiana’s unpredictable weather and substandard roads have changed many lives. Malfunctions and defects in cars and trucks as well. More often than not, just plain bad driving results in accidents.
It is impossible to predict the future. An accident can happen to anyone at any time. If you have been injured through no fault of your own, then don’t let an accident as result of negligence ruin your life. Contact a Lafayette car accident attorney as soon as you are able. Let experienced hands steer the course while you heal.
Understanding how the law works on Louisiana’s roads
Louisiana isn’t that different from any other state when it comes to automobile accident laws. The Evangeline Thruway isn’t that different from any other road. When driving, we are all expected to behave in a reasonably safe manner. No aggressive driving, no speeding, and certainly no distractions. Pay attention and drive safely. Doing your absolute best to get home safely is often all it takes to follow the law here in Lafayette.
What is Negligence?
Negligence is one of the most important consideration when it comes to car accident law. In the terms of automobile accidents; any driver who fails to operate their vehicle in a reasonably safe manner is acting negligently. Breaking the law or just driving like a jerk is a breach not only of the social contract, but also of your legal duty.
This legal duty, it must be stressed, is not only for the safety of your fellow drivers. It is also to protect yourself.
If you fail to meet that duty, you may be deemed legally negligent and liable for the damages. Should this happen, you may be held responsible for any, and all costs of property damage, lost wages and medical expenses.
Bottom line: If you play a fool in traffic, you will be proven one in court.
What is Liability?
Negligence is used to prove liability in court. The party found liable for injuries and damages, will be held financially responsible.
To determine liability, the injured party must prove the other driver was negligent and that this negligence caused the accident. In a car accident case, the injured party must be able to prove the severity of their injuries in order to receive compensation. Depending on the case and the needs of the victim, a settlement may be reached between your lawyer and the insurance companies outside of court. But in the event that a case goes to trial, the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess is a trial-tested personal injury firm. No matter which side of the coin you fall on, you need to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
Partnering with a Lafayette car accident attorney
Law terminology, to the layman, may very well look like an unfamiliar language. In fact, quite a few legal terms are in Latin. You wouldn’t go on vacation to Russia without a translator lined up. Why go to court without a lawyer? We speak the language.
While you do have the right to represent your case personally, the process can be overwhelming. Insurance agents, complex legal statutes, and confusing rules can be a headache. Why go duck hunting without a good gun? Rely on an experienced Lafayette auto accident lawyer to do the heavy lifting for you.
Here at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, we have the skills and the experience to handle any accident. We will fight for your rights and get the job done. Our legal team operates on a no win/no fee policy.
No matter who you are, you can afford legal representation! We only receive compensation for results.
We’re here to help
Not all attorneys are created equal. Our team of legal professionals has over 20 years experience getting the job done right with car accident cases. We have the skills to pay your bills 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
The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess has a team of legal professionals committed to continuing your standard of living. We are here to do job of seeing justice done for you and your family. These attorneys are committed to success and will work to ensure that your expenses now and in the future will be taken care of.
Our team works in courtrooms, with police officers, and even with the insurance companies on a daily basis. We know how to prepare a client for court as well as what information you need to ensure your voice is heard.
Most people hold off on getting legal advice due to perceived costs or just plain distrust of lawyers. Not only will the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess (hyperlink that too) not charge you for your initial consultation, but we are willing to travel to you if you cannot make it to our office. We even have the technological savvy to allow for electronic communication and video conferencing.
No matter what you decide to do, your initial consultation will be useful to you in determining how to handle your claim.
How do we help you?
Once you have made the decision to have us work for you, our team will thoroughly investigate you case. Our investigators will:
- Interview all known witnesses.
- Obtain photographs of the scene and assess liability.
- Obtain photographs and video depicting the damage of all vehicles involved in the car accident.
- Investigate the background of the defendant including criminal history, traffic history and history of alcohol/drug abuse.
- Obtain medical records necessary for adequately proving your personal injuries.
- Hire competent experts to present your case in the event it must proceed to litigation.
- Obtain cell phone records if we suspect the at-fault party was using a cell phone at the time of the car accident.
In this article, we see that insurance companies like “settlement mills” as they get cases settled quickly and cheaply. They spend a lot of time and money on mass marketing campaigns on television and radio.
Do not be fooled by bright colors and loud voices. They are hiding lazy attorneys!
These firms often don’t bother to maximize the damages from every case. They may get “results”, but these results are all about quantity over quality. If you find yourself in an accident and you want real results, then Don’t Delay! Call Clay!
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