Baton Rouge Car Accident Attorney

Helping You Get the Compensation You Deserve

Car accidents are a leading cause of serious injuries and death in the United States. Thousands of people are injured in motor vehicle accidents every day, and many of these accidents are caused by negligence. If you were hurt or if someone you love was killed in a car accident that was caused by someone else, you have the right to take legal action.

At Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C., our Baton Rouge car accident lawyers are dedicated to fighting for the rights of injured individuals and their families. We know how to handle the insurance companies and we know what it takes to win. Learn how we can help you by scheduling a free consultation today.

Don’t suffer anymore. Call Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C. at (337) 222-3526 to help you recover from your vehicle accident.

Causes of Car Accidents

Although many regulations have been put in place to minimize distraction, drivers still regularly text and talk on cell phones while driving and cause many accidents. Whether it is distractions, negligence, or reckless driving behavior, those who are liable for the accident may owe the victim property damage, medical costs, and lost earning compensation. No matter the cause, we can fight for you.

Top car accident causes include:

  • Driver distraction
  • Driver fatigue
  • Poor visibility
  • Bad road conditions
  • Traffic violations
  • Speeding
  • Drug and/or alcohol use
  • Tire blowout
  • Mechanical failure

Determining Liability & Establishing Fault

Because Louisiana is an "at-fault" state, liability is a key issue in any car accident claim. To recover compensation, you must be able to prove that someone else was liable for the accident and your resulting damages. In most cases, this means proving that the other driver was negligent.

In some cases, though, you may be able to hold someone else liable for your damages.

For example:

  • If the other driver was working at the time of the accident and was on-the-job, you may be able to hold his or her employer vicariously liable for your damages.
  • If the other driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident, you may be able to hold the bar or restaurant that served him or her alcohol liable under Louisiana's dram shop laws.

These are just a few examples of how another party may be liable for your car accident.

At Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C., our car accident attorneys in Baton Rouge have the experience and resources to handle all types of motor vehicle accident claims, including those involving complex issues of liability. We can investigate your case, gather evidence, and work to prove the other party's negligence or fault.

Your Time to File a Car Accident Claim Is Limited

In Louisiana, you have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident. This is called the statute of limitations. In most cases, the statute of limitations for a car accident claim in Louisiana is one year from the date of the accident. If you do not file a lawsuit within this time frame, you will be permanently barred from recovering compensation for your damages.

Similarly, if the accident caused the death of a loved one, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit in Louisiana is generally one year from the date of the person's death.

It is important to speak to a car accident lawyer in Baton Rouge as soon as possible after a crash to ensure that your claim is filed within the appropriate time frame. At Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C., we can help you understand how the statute of limitations applies to your case and take the necessary steps to protect your right to recover compensation.

How Much Is My Car Accident Case Worth?

One of the most common questions we get from clients is, "How much is my case worth?"

Unfortunately, this is not an easy question to answer. Every car accident claim is unique, and the value of your case will depend on a number of different factors, including the severity of your injuries, the amount of your medical bills, whether you are able to work, and more.

Most car accident victims are entitled to recover both economic and non-economic damages.

  • Economic damages are the financial losses you incurred as a result of the accident and your injuries, such as your medical expenses and lost wages.
  • Non-economic damages are the more intangible losses you suffered, such as your pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.

At Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C., we can help you understand what your car accident case is worth and fight for the maximum compensation you are owed. We will carefully calculate your damages and work to ensure that no losses are overlooked.

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Car Accident?

After a car accident, you may be feeling overwhelmed. You are likely facing mounting medical bills and other expenses, and you may be unable to work. You may be in pain and you may be unsure of what to do next. The good news is that you do not have to face this situation alone.

A Baton Rouge car accident lawyer from Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C. can help you navigate the legal system and fight for the fair compensation you are owed. Our legal team knows how to handle the insurance companies and we are not afraid to take your case to trial if necessary.

We can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and work to get you a fair settlement. If a settlement cannot be reached, we can take your case to court and fight for a favorable verdict.

When you turn to our firm for help, you can expect to receive the one-on-one attention you deserve. We will take the time to learn the details of your case, answer your questions, and address your concerns. We are always available to our clients, and we take pride in our ability to provide the exceptional legal service they need and the supportive counsel they deserve.

What to Do After a Car Accident in Baton Rouge

Knowing what to do in the immediate aftermath of an auto accident can help you protect your health and your rights. Here's what you should do after a crash in Baton Rouge:

  • Call 911 — If anyone is seriously injured, you need to call 911 for medical help. You should also call the police, as you will need a police report to file a claim with your insurer.
  • Move to safety — If you are able to do so, move your vehicle out of the way of traffic.
  • Exchange information — Get the names, contact information, and insurance information of all involved drivers.
  • Document the scene — If you are able to do so, take pictures of the scene of the accident, as well as your injuries and any vehicle damage.
  • Report the accident — You will need to report the accident to your insurance company, but it is generally best to not give a recorded statement to the insurer until you have spoken to a lawyer.
  • See a doctor — Even if you do not think you were seriously injured, you should see a doctor as soon as possible after the accident. Some injuries, such as whiplash and certain types of traumatic brain injuries, do not cause symptoms right away.
  • Call a lawyer — Reach out to Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C. for a free consultation with one of our experienced auto accident attorneys in Baton Rouge.

Get a Free Consultation

If you have experienced, call Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C. for a free consultation. We can help you get the compensation you need to cover lost wages, physical pain, and more. Whether you have serious injuries such as broken bones, paralysis, or spinal cord injuries, or minor injuries like whiplash, we can help you.

Don’t face insurance companies by yourself, as they try to settle quickly for as little as possible. Get the protection and compensation you need for your injuries with firm and qualified representation.

For help with recovering compensation after a collision, contact us online or call (337) 222-3526 to schedule a free initial consultation with our car accident lawyers in Baton Rouge.

The Doran & Cawthorne Difference

  • Relief

    An injury is a devastating thing to have to deal with and a legal case on top of it can seem impossible. Our firm’s personal injury attorneys are able to offer peace of mind when you know that someone with experience and commitment is handling the situation.

  • Litigation

    When a case can’t be worked out through negotiation, Doran & Cawthorne has no qualms about taking the matter to court. Whether before a judge, or jury, we will gather the evidence necessary to present your case before the fact-finder in the best light.

  • Negotiations

    It is all too common for insurance companies to offer less than what they know to be fair. Our lawyers will negotiate on your behalf, and won’t compromise for anything less than the amount they know you should be receiving.

  • Results

    Our lawyers don’t just talk it…we strive to deliver. You can rest assured you’ll have experienced personal injury counsel with Doran & Cawthorne on your side.

  • Experience

    Having handled hundreds, if not thousands of injury cases in Louisiana, Texas and elsewhere, we can assess the best options for each case.

  • Advice

    Our firm’s attorneys will guide you in the right direction to make sure your case is developed effectively to your advantage.

    This law firm is literally a force to be reckoned with!

    “They were sincerely concerned about my best interest and kept me informed all along the way. They did not skip a beat in their knowledge and efficiency. In the end, I most definitely came out on top!”

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    “Doran & Cawthorne is a firm that puts clients first. The attorneys are passionate about their work. The staff is caring, diligent, and efficient in getting the job done. I recommend this firm to all of my family and friends.”

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    “I was treated with respect and dignity as they realized this case meant a lot to me. I was counseled and represented with confidence and pride.”

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