Drunk Driving Accidents

Baton Rouge Drunk Driving Accident Attorney

Injured by a Drunk Driver?

It is against the law to drink and drive and yet people do it every day. Drunk drivers cause accidents that often result in serious injuries or loss of life. Anyone who operates a motor vehicle has a duty to drive in a safe manner and not cause harm to others. That duty is broken once a drunk driver gets behind the wheel and behaves in a negligent manner. A drunk driver who causes a traffic accident faces criminal charges as well as liability issues. It is important to contact Beau Layfield of The Layfield Law Firm, a Baton Rouge injury lawyer, if you were injured or a family member died in a drunk driving accident.

The Layfield Law Firm, LLC provides legal counsel to the injured or families impacted by an accident due to an individual driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The Layfield Law Firm will help the victim receive monetary compensation for their injuries and suffering. Personal attention and careful case preparation are necessary when pursuing legal action against criminally negligent drunk drivers and their insurance companies.

Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in Baton Rouge

An individual driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher is legally drunk and too impaired to drive safely. DUI related accidents are usually more significant because of the altered perceptions of the driver. Excessive speed and the inability to stay in a traffic lane are common when intoxicated drivers are behind the wheel. The intoxicated driver does not have the ability to stop in time or correct erratic driving to avoid an accident. The types of accidents caused by drunk drivers are often head-on, side impact or rear -end and frequently result in catastrophic injuries.

Common injuries from DUI accidents include:

  • Whiplash
  • Broken bones
  • Air bag and seat belt injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Amputations
  • Internal injuries
  • Burns
  • Coma
  • Death

Family members of a deceased victim of a drunk driving accident may wish to pursue a wrongful death action against the responsible party. An individual with serious injuries may require hospitalization and extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. Some victims have temporary disabilities or permanent disabilities and are unable to work and earn an income. The victims of a drunk driving accident may be eligible for compensation for loss of earnings, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Before accepting an insurance settlement offer, make an appointment today with Beau Layfield of The Layfield Law Firm, a Baton Rouge injury lawyer. The Layfield Law Firm, LLC will consult with you to analyze your case and ensure your right to fair compensation is protected.

Contact a Baton Rouge drunk driving accident attorney at The Layfield Law Firm, LLC for legal assistance and guidance through the insurance and court process if injured by a drunk driver.

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