According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), one in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related accident in their lifetime. Many people involved in these accidents lose their lives or are left with terrible injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in 44% of fatal traffic accidents in Louisiana in 2008, alcohol was involved. Thirty-seven percent involved a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater. In Louisiana, the legal BAC limit is .08. When a person's BAC reaches this point, he or she is considered intoxicated. Unfortunately, many still make the decision to drink and drive, which leads to thousands of accidents in the nation every year.
Drunk Driving Victims Can Recover Damages
Victims in drunk driving accidents have a claim against the drunk driver for damages or injuries sustained in the accident, and for property damage. In addition, victims can make a claim for punitive damages. Louisiana law states that punitive damages may be awarded when there is proof that the injuries were caused by a wanton or reckless disregard for the rights and safety of others by a drunk driver who caused the accident. Punitive damages are damages awarded above and beyond the amount required to pay for injuries and property damage. At Bachus & Schanker, we know the importance of aggressively pursuing these claims and making sure your rights are protected. When there's a need for expert drunk driving victim lawyers, Louisiana turns to Bachus & Schanker.
Louisiana Drunk Driving Anti-Dram Shop Statute
Unlike other states, Louisiana drunk driving victims are not allowed to pursue a claim against an establishment or an individual who served the drunk driver, as long as the drunk driver was not a minor. The legislature, in passing this statute, stated that liability lies with the driver who chose to become intoxicated, and the driver's insurance provider. Knowledge of these types of statutes is why you need drunk driving victim lawyers. New Orleans based Bachus & Schanker is well versed in all state laws that apply to drunk driving.
Contact a Louisiana Drunk Driving Victim Lawyer
Drunk driving accidents can have a serious impact on your life and the lives of your loved ones. When someone chooses to become intoxicated and then operate a vehicle, they should be held responsible for the danger they cause for everyone else on the road. If you're involved in an accident with a drunk driver, you need the best drunk driving victim lawyers in Louisiana. Bachus & Schanker can help you sort through the laws that apply to your case, and will aggressively pursue both the individual who chose to drink and drive, as well as his or her insurance company to get you the compensation you deserve. If you need drunk driving victim lawyers, New Orleans based Bachus & Schanker is available to help you. Contact us today.
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