Motorcycle Accident Law Firm in Louisiana
If you are hurt or have a family member killed in a motorcycle accident, Broussard + Williamson offer experienced legal advice and representation in filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Our motor cycle accident lawyers represent clients from Lake Charles to New Orleans and all communities in between.
Fighting for You—and Against Stigma
In many personal injury and fatal accident claims involving motorcycles, riders face a social stigma as reckless individuals with a “death wish.” Insurance companies play upon this to help pin the blame for the accident on the rider.
In reality, it’s drivers, who take chances with people’s lives on the road, by failing to look before turning or changing lanes, following too close, and other reckless behavior, who are most often responsible.
The motorcycle injury attorneys at Broussard + Williamson know the dangers riders and their passengers face on Louisiana’s roads and highways; we are riders ourselves. If you have been in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, contact us for a no-cost initial consultation.
Building Your Motorcycle Accident Case
Whether you suffer broken bones and road rash injuries or become partially or fully disabled from a traumatic brain injury or serious spinal cord injury, we conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident.
We carefully determine the extent of your injury and work with experts in life care management to ensure you find the medical care and financial compensation you need deserve today to help ease your recovery in the years ahead.
As you may already know, a motorcycle accident can leave the victim with physical injuries as well as emotional trauma. It can also result in financial hardship for the victim.
Fortunately, Louisiana law allows a victim to recover damages from another party if the victim is able to show that the other party’s negligence was the cause, or a contributing cause, in the collision.
“Negligence” in legal terminology, requires the victim to show four elements:
- Duty of care owed to the victim by the defendant
- Breach of the duty of care
If another party was 100 percent at fault in the “accident” that party will be 100 percent responsible for the damages caused by that negligence. A defendant does not have to be 100 percent at fault for a victim to recover from the defendant.
Louisiana uses the doctrine of “comparative negligence.” Comparative negligence essentially allows a victim to pursue compensation from a defendant as long as the defendant was at least partially at fault, meaning the defendant is responsible for some degree of the negligence that caused the collision.
A victim may potentially recover both economic and non-economic damages from a negligent defendant. Economic damages are easily quantifiable, out-of-pocket expenses, such as medical bills, property damage, and lost wages.
Non-economic damages are what people often mean when they refer to “pain and suffering” damages. Non-economic damages are much more difficult to value because of the subjective nature of the injury; however, for purposes of valuing the claim and/or pursuing litigation a value must be arrived at for both the economic and non-economic damages a motorcyclist sustained in the collision.
This is one of the many reasons why it is always in your best interest as the victim of a motorcycle accident to retain the services of an experienced Louisiana personal injury accident attorney. By doing so you ensure that you will be fully and fairly compensated for all your injuries.
Common Motorcycle Accident Questions
Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident in Louisiana? The personal injury attorneys at Broussard + Williamson have dedicated their careers to obtaining justice for motorcycle accident victims.
We understand that after a motorcycle accident, you have many questions. We compiled a list of the most common questions we get about motorcycle accidents in Louisiana to help you.
What damages can I seek in a motorcycle accident claim?
Any type of motor vehicle accident can cause serious injuries to the victims involved in the collision. A motorcycle accident, however, is particularly likely to result in serious injury to a victim due to the lack of protection a rider has on a motorcycle.
If you were injured in a motorcycle crash that you believe was caused, in whole or in part, by another party you could be entitled to damages (compensation) for your injuries.
How long should I wait to hire a lawyer after my motorcycle accident in Louisiana?
In the state of Louisiana, you only have one year to file a lawsuit after you were involved in a motorcycle accident. This means that the state of Louisiana does not permit you to file a claim of negligence after the year expires.
Contact an excellent motorcycle accident lawyer in Louisiana today. Do not hesitate or procrastinate for another minute. With only a one-year statute of limitations, you need to hire a lawyer right away.
How do I determine who caused my motorcycle accident?
It is easier to determine who caused your motorcycle accident in Louisiana when you work with one of our personal injury attorneys at Broussard + Williamson. Our lawyer will look at your evidence, including police reports, photographs, medical records, and a list of witnesses.
After studying the details, our motorcycle accident lawyers in Lake Charles and New Orleans will decide whether negligence was involved in your accident.
Do I need to pay any legal fees?
Determining whether you have to pay fees is one of the most common motorcycle accident questions. The answer is that you do not pay any fees unless our lawyer wins your lawsuit. Plus, your first consultation is free.
It does not matter if you win your case in or out of court. In either situation, a win means that you pay your lawyer a previously designated percentage in exchange for legal representation. Remember that insurance will not compensate you for everything to which you are entitled.
Getting the legal help you need
You need a Louisiana accident lawyer with experience representing clients in motorcycle accident claims. Get in touch today to learn how Broussard + Williamson can help you with your case.
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Partner, Trial Lawyer | Motorcycle Crash Cases
Steven Broussard has always been a man of the people and for the people. He’s served the public in many ways—first as a member of the Navy, next as a lawyer, and then as a judge. All this before making it to his mid-30s.
Steven Broussard has extensive experience handling motorcycle accident cases. In every case, Steven calls on his decades of practicing law, his unique perspective as a former judge, and his own experience as someone who’s suffered a life-altering injury to passionately tackle the toughest of cases—even those that seasoned attorneys sometimes decline.
Motorcycle – Multiple Fractures – Brain Injury
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
In Louisiana, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is one year from the date of an injury-causing event. Missing the filing deadline can mean forfeiting your right to file a case. There are some exceptions; contact us today to discuss the details of your case.
If the evidence suggests someone else was partially responsible, even if you are partially responsible yourself, you may be able to seek compensation. Your compensation may be reduced due to your “contributory negligence,” but you can still make a claim. This type of law is complex, but we are more than happy to have an initial conversation with you to determine if you have a case worth pursuing.