Injured in a Car Accident?
Lafayette Personal Injury Attorneys Offer Experienced Representation
Auto accidents cause more than two million injuries and over 37,000 deaths every year in the United States. With the cost of medical expenses, loss of wages from inability to work and the price of repairing your damaged car, motor vehicle accidents can cause a huge upheaval in your life. You may also have to deal with the devastating loss of a loved one, or a tough road forward in the case of significant personal injury.
Without the help of an attorney, someone else’s mistake can put you on the hook for millions of dollars in damages. Galloway Jefcoat can help you get the compensation you deserve. Our Lafayette car accident lawyers have nearly 20 years of experience and over 1,000 personal injury cases under our belts. You can reach us at (337) 984-8020. We handle car accident cases across Louisiana from our offices in Lafayette and Lake Charles, including wrecks in Sulphur, Calcasieu Parish as well as nearby cities.
Drunk Driving Accidents
We understand how traumatic drunk driving accidents are for survivors. Family members of deceased loved ones struggle with unimaginable grief, and survivors sustain injuries that could last a lifetime. Our comprehensive approach to personal injury and wrongful death cases means that we will do everything possible under the law for victims.
If a drunk driver hit you, know that the prosecutor in criminal court does not represent victims. Furthermore, a criminal case is separate from a civil case. A criminal case does not award damages to victims. Because of this, you can file a separate civil lawsuit against the driver for your personal injury and damages. This is the case whether or not the court finds the driver guilty in the criminal case.
Distracted Driving Accidents
Any activity that diverts a driver’s attention away from the road is distracted driving. Distracted driving may include using a cell phone, texting while driving, eating or drinking, applying makeup, shaving as well as using a GPS. Smart phones and the frequency of texting while driving increase distracted driving rates.
On average, people spend five seconds looking away from the road while distracted. That is enough time to cross a football field at 55 mph. If you were hurt in a car crash with a distracted driver, then you need to speak to a car accident attorney. Even if the police did not give the driver a ticket or citation, he or she should still be held accountable for the accident.
One in eight drivers is uninsured, according to a 2014 study by the Insurance Research Council. Although it is illegal to drive without at least the minimum liability coverage, uninsured motorists drive anyway. They then cause accidents all the time. Because of our experience, our car accident lawyers recommend uninsured and underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage for these types of accidents. Additionally, we can explain what to do after a car accident caused by an uninsured driver.