Personal Injury & Car Accidents
ATTORNEY JOSHUA S. GUILLORY DOES NOT HANDLE FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS. That said, our civil laws as it relates to civil damages exist, if not for anything else, to make right the wrongs of our past. If you or a loved one were injured due to someone else’s fault, then the law affords you the right to legal counsel. While there are many attorneys that may be more lenient in their acceptance of personal injury cases, please note that Attorney Joshua S. Guillory will only accept cases that he believes are legitimate and warranted under our laws. He welcomes anyone injured to arrange a consultation to discuss the possibilities of pursuing legal action. If the case is found to be non-frivolous, Attorney Joshua S. Guillory will vehemently and aggressively pursue the protection of your rights under our laws.
Louisiana Auto Accident Lawyer & Laws
We all enjoy the unique culture that Louisiana offers. Our highways bob and weave through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. With structures such as the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge, the I-10 Bridge in Lake Charles and Baton Rouge, and other state roads and highways, Louisianans are highly mobile. Some of the state’s busiest highways include I-10, I-49, I-12, I-20, US 167, US 182, US 92, and other roads and highways that bring travelers to cities such as Lafayette, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, Crowley, and others.
With this amount of traffic, it is no surprise that our roads in Louisiana can sadly lead to auto accidents and fatalities. In 2017, there was a total of 760 traffic fatalities in Louisiana according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s Traffic Safety Performance Measures for Louisiana. In addition to hundreds of fatal accidents, people are injured annually in the thousands of non-fatal auto accidents each year in Louisiana. Awareness as to safety on our highways has become more prevalent over the years, and even one fatality on our Louisiana roads and highways is one too many.
Louisiana Auto Accident Attorney
Travelers on our roads and highways, whether residents or visitors, that suffer injuries or death are best served by an experienced Louisiana Auto Accidents Attorney. Even with modern safety equipment such as anti-lock brakes, seat belts, air bags, and other safety equipment on board, drivers and passengers are exposed to dangers created by the multitude of hazards that exist on roads today. There are many factors that contribute to auto accidents, including weather, distracted driving, speeding, DUI/alcohol, drug use, and many other unforeseen hazardous conditions.
A Louisiana Auto Accident Attorney is familiar with local court rules, Louisiana judicial systems, and state regulations that apply to auto accidents and liability issues. A lawyer experienced in auto accident cases can utilize formal and informal discovery processes to maximize efforts in obtaining evidence available for your case. Depending on your individual case, you may have other legal options available to you. Having a lawyer lead you throughout the legal process is very important. Just as you would turn to medical professionals for medical injuries arising from an automobile accident, you should turn to an auto accident attorney to help guide you for any legal issues in this situation. Both medical and legal concerns are serious, and each warrant serious attention.
Louisiana Auto Accidents
Louisiana auto accidents are regulated by state law. Generally, we have a one-year prescriptive period (statute of limitation) for most automobile-injury cases. There are exceptions to this general rule. If you delay filing your petition until after the time limits, you will be unable to pursue compensation claims for your auto accident. Time can often move very quickly following an auto accident. Do not delay in contacting a personal injury attorney if you were injured in an automobile accident.
Victims in auto accidents can endure physical, mental and emotional injuries along with incurring damage to property. The causes for these accidents vary greatly, but some reasons auto accidents happen include distracted driving, inexperience, speeding, use of controlled substances, unforeseen road hazards, and drunk driving. A combination of factors can easily turn into a few seconds of inattention that results in a car crash. The damage is amplified when drivers run stop signs, make unexpected or sudden turns, pass illegally or act in any other manner that places the safety of other travelers in jeopardy.
Auto Accidents – What to Do
The first obligation is to see if anyone is injured or needs immediate medical attention. Nowadays, most people have access to a cell phone. Calling first responders is easy to do, and medical attention to those who are in need should be the top priority following an automobile accident. Do not leave the scene of the accident. Doing so could bring criminal charges against you. Make sure to report the accident to authorities and wait for law enforcement and, if applicable, first responders to arrive.
Remember, you have a right to legal counsel. The insurance company will have attorneys that they can consult with to get their legal questions answered and to fight for their legal well-being. You should be equally equipped to make sure you are being treated fairly and within the confines of the law. Most personal injury attorneys will provide a free consultation to discuss legal issues associated with automobile accident related injuries. Contact a Louisiana personal injury attorney following an automobile accident in order to make sure your legal questions are answered.
Personal Injury Compensation – Auto Accidents
Your Louisiana Auto Accidents Attorney can discuss with you their opinion as to whether you may be allowed to pursue Personal Injury Compensation for Auto Accidents. Claims arising from car accidents usually fall under the civil legal wrongdoing of “negligence.” Negligence can be defined as the failure of one person or entity to exercise appropriate care. If someone’s negligence has harmed you, then you may have grounds for a Louisiana personal injury lawsuit.
In Louisiana, courts will generally employ a “duty-risk” analysis in assessing negligence. Under a duty-risk analysis, courts will analyze several factors. These factors typically include causation, duty, scope of duty, breach of duty, and damages. Your personal injury attorney can discuss negligence in more detail with you, and you should have an opportunity to discuss with him or her any questions that you have following your automobile accident.
Questions Following an Injury in an Automobile Accident
If you or loved one were injured in an automobile accident, please feel free to contact our office today at (337) 233-1303 or click here to arrange a consultation. It’s your life…Call someone you can count on.