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DUI Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one suffered injury because of a drunk driver, you could be entitled to significant compensation.

The Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy have been fighting for the rights of drunk driving accident victims for over 50 years.

Our Lafayette, LA, DUI accident lawyers will work tirelessly to secure a maximum jury award or settlement, so you can focus on healing.

Louisiana Law Entitles Victims to Damages Our Injury Lawyers Can Help Obtain Them

Louisiana law allows car accident victims injured by a drunk driver to recover both punitive and actual damages, but the drunk driver's guilt for the accident must be proved. 

Our personal injury attorneys have a record of helping drunk driving car accident victims (or in the case of a wrongful death caused by an intoxicated driver, the victim's family) in the Lafayette and New Iberia, LA, area win compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Disfigurement

How Much Do I Have To Pay Up Front? The Simple Answer Is: "Nothing"

Our Lafayette, LA, personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis. This means you have to receive a jury award or settlement for our accident attorneys to collect their fee, taken out of your compensation. Working on a contingency basis means it's in our best interest to win your case or reach a positive financial settlement. If you collect nothing, we collect nothing.

How We Prove You Are Entitled to Compensation

According to Louisiana Civil Code Article 2315.4, any driver who was impaired either by alcohol or other substance that causes impairment can be ordered to pay punitive damages (meaning damages that are in addition to compensation, and act as a punishment). To help our client receive a positive verdict or settlement, our Lafayette, LA, drunk driving accident lawyers need to prove:

  1. That the driver was intoxicated or had consumed a sufficient quantity of intoxicants to make him or her lose normal control of mental and physical faculties;
  2. That the intoxication was a cause-in-fact of the resulting injury to our client; and 
  3. That the driver showed a wanton or reckless disregard for the safety of others.

Intoxication does not need to be proved as the sole cause of an accident, but simply a cause-in-fact contributing factor.

Our injury lawyers are committed to proving liability in your DUI accident case. We will do whatever is possible to obtain maximum compensation on your behalf. 

How Long Do I Have to File
a Drunk Driving Injury Claim?

Louisiana Civil Code section 3492 makes it very clear that the victim of a personal injury, such as a drunk driving accident, has exactly one year from the day of the injury to file a claim. In other words, the countdown starts the day you suffer an injury at the hands of a drunk driver.

Should you wait for more than a year, there is a good chance a Louisiana court will dismiss your drunk driving accident case. 

The accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy can not emphasize enough that you, or a family member acting on your behalf, should retain our legal services as soon as possible after a car accident involving drunk driving, when facts are fresh in your mind and in the minds of any witnesses.

Time Is of The Essence Contact Our Injury Lawyers ASAP

After a drunk driving accident, the defendant's attorney may immediately start building a case to refute any responsibility for your injuries. That is why our attorneys must begin an investigation into the accident without delay. 

For over half a century, the drunk driving accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy in Lafayette, LA, have been working on some of the state's most complex personal injury litigation, obtaining millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. 

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a drunk driving accident, our attorneys will help you fully comprehend the legal process and take the time to answer any questions and concerns. We are on your side, protecting your rights not just during depositions but throughout the entire process. We will work to dismantle the insurance company's efforts to minimize your claim to get you maximum compensation. Request a free consultation today at our Lafayette office, either online or by phone:

(337) 232-1934

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Are DUI Fatalities Common in Louisiana?

DUI, DWI, and OWI in Louisiana

DUI, DWI, and OWI are considered interchangeable terms in Louisiana. They all refer to the crime of driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicants.

Though interchangeable under Louisiana law, the three terms do have distinct meanings and are considered separate drunk driving crimes in many states.


DUI (driving under the influence) is a drunk driving charge referring to a driver's impaired behavior while behind the wheel. It can apply to not only a drunk driver, but a driver under the influence of drugs or certain medications.


Also known as driving while impaired, a DWI (driving while intoxicated) charge is based on the driver's blood alcohol concentration, which is determined by a sobriety test. Even if the driver passes with a low alcohol count, they may still be charged with erratic driving.


Louisiana law is written using the term OWI (operating a vehicle while intoxicated), which occurs when a vehicle operator is under the influence of alcohol or other specific controlled substance, or has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher. 

Why Choose Our DUI Accident Attorneys?

Our attorneys will not hesitate to represent you in court should the case go to trial.

Our attorneys have over 70 years combined working in personal injury law.

We deal with insurance companies so you do not have to worry about low-ball settlements.

Our attorneys personally handle your case, so you can focus on getting better.

We do our own investigations and research to uncover the facts about your accident.

You can contact our legal team anytime, even at night, on holidays, and over the weekend.

You get a copy of all documents pertaining to your case, and an explanation as to what they mean.

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The Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy

Richard R. Kennedy and Richard R. Kennedy III can help you and your family recover the compensation you deserve after a personal injury. Our attorneys have been recognized by:

  • Super Lawyers®
  • The American Board of Trial Advocates
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • The American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell® (AV Preeminent® Rating)

You can schedule a consultation at our office in Lafayette, LA, by contacting us online or by calling (337) 232-1934.

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