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Although every driver knows the risks of getting behind the wheel, car accident victims are often not at fault for their injuries. Negligence and reckless driving is a large contributor to car accidents in Louisiana. The Highway Safety Research Group from Louisiana State University discovered that car accidents caused 2,681 injuries per 100,000 people statewide in 2015. Statistically, 1 out of 50 people in the state of Louisiana will get injured or die in a car accident their lifetime.

The people of Lake Charles are in desperate need of representation. If you've been injured or lost a loved one in a car collision, speak with the Lake Charles car accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin. Our firm has won billions in verdicts and settlements for our clients, helping them get the care and financial relief they needed for the rest of their lives. When people across the nation face a lifetime of injury and pain, they turn to us to make it right because we deliver. Speak with us today to learn your legal and financial options.

If you have sustained injuries in a car accident, contact our Lake Charles car crash lawyers today for a free case review!

Frequent Causes of Car Accidents in Lake Charles

Car crashes can occur for a variety of reasons; however, several common factors lead to accidents. If drivers behaved responsibly, many accidents could be prevented. Unfortunately, when drivers act negligently, it's often other drivers who pay the price.

Some of the common causes of car crashes include:

  • Insufficient Vehicle Maintenance: Vehicles require frequent maintenance to avoid potential disasters. A sudden engine failure or a blown tire can result in a catastrophic accident.
  • Aggressive Driving: It is vital for drivers to control their emotions behind the wheel. Aggressive driving can result in tailgating, extreme change of lanes, and excessive speeds.
  • Driving Under the Influence: A leading cause of car accidents nationwide is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drunk drivers may fall asleep at the wheel, demonstrate impaired judgment, or react too slowly.
  • Dangerous Roads: Poorly maintained roads can also contribute to car accidents. Hazardous roads may include potholes or roads with limited visibility.
  • Negligent or Distracted Driving: Safely operating a vehicle requires a driver’s full attention. Driving distracted may include using a smartphone, but it can also include talking to passengers, eating while driving, or even adjusting the stereo.
  • Fatigued Driving: Studies show the effects of driving fatigued is similar to driving under the influence of alcohol. Drivers that lack sufficient rest have slower reaction times and impaired judgment.

Lake Charles Bus Accident Lawyers

Bus accidents are common, and they often result in life-changing injuries. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over 35,000 people were injured in bus accidents in 2016. According to another study, roughly 50 bus occupants are killed in bus crashes every year, with many more deaths occurring to pedestrians and other motorists hit by buses. Each injury or death demands compensation; negligent bus companies need to be held accountable for the harm they cause passengers, pedestrians, and drivers.

The Dangers of Bus Accidents & Charter Travel

Research shows that 63,000 buses are involved in an accident every year. Statistically, most of these accidents could be prevented through proper vetting and training, routine maintenance, and other basic safety measures. For example, operators often ignore maintenance issues to reduce costs. Unfortunately, this leads to substantial problems because buses need regular maintenance and repairs—failure to do so could lead to a tragic accident.

Other factors that contribute to bus accidents include:

  • Inadequately-trained drivers
  • Bus drivers under the influence
  • Negligent bus drivers
  • Lack of safety restraints

In other accidents, a drunk or otherwise unsafe bus driver would also make the company liable for the damage caused. It's the company's responsibility to hire and train safe drivers, and any employee wrongdoing would make them liable for your injuries.

How Common are Bus Accidents in Louisiana?

The Louisiana Crash Data Report states that over 900 bus crashes occurred in Louisiana this year alone, and 486 of those were school bus accidents. Because around 1 in 3 bus accidents are fatal, statistically that's around 162 fatal school bus accidents a year. Many more of these accidents will include injuries, as many older buses don't have restraints.


A fiery crash involving a school bus and an 18-wheeler on U.S. 190 in Livingston Parish occurred in September 2018. The back of the bus caved in; thankfully, only three children were on the bus and no one was injured. This accident demonstrates the potential dangers bus accidents can have on all passengers—including children.

Factors in Serious Bus Accident Injuries

A major issue with buses is their lack of safety equipment. It is common for buses not to have seatbelts, despite it being a federal requirement for passengers to wear seatbelts in virtually every other vehicle. Bus roofs and windows also lack adequate protection. When a bus is involved in an accident, it common for passengers to suffer severe injuries due to the lack of safety equipment.

Bus accidents often cause catastrophic injuries like:

Ready to Help After All Lake Charles Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you've been involved with any type of motor vehicle accident, our team is ready to help. We can handle complex cases involve bus accidents or can fight for the compensation that motorcycle crash survivors need to move forward. Our Lake Charles motor vehicle accident lawyers have handled nearly every type of case, and we're ready to fight for you.

We can help with all types of motor vehicle accidents, including:

Lake Charles Car Accident FAQ

What Is the First Step to Pursuing Compensation?

The first thing to do after sustaining injuries in a car accident is to call a lawyer to learn if you can seek compensation for your losses. Doing so can help you secure your future and receive the financial relief needed for your recovery. Lake Charles car crash lawyers can investigate your case to determine who is liable.

Helpful questions to ask after a car accident:

  • Could the accident have been prevented?
  • Was the other driver operating his/her vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
  • Was the driver talking on his/her cell phone?
  • Was the other driver driving faster than the posted speed limit, or too fast for the weather conditions?
  • Was the driver distracted in some way other than those listed above?

What Can a Lake Charles Car Accident Attorney Help to Recover?

Our car accident law firm will be focused on one thing: making sure you don't have to suffer financially because of a car accident another person caused. We can fight for any damages associated with your accident such as lost wages, medical debt, and any other direct costs triggered by the crash. Additionally, we can hold negligent parties accountable for the physical pain and emotional suffering the caused for you.

Importantly, every case is different. Calling our Lake Charles car accident lawyers is the best way to discover what is possible for your situation.

When Should I speak With an Attorney After a Car Accident?

As soon as possible. The first step after a car accident should always be making sure you've received medical attention. However, the first non-medical task you should do is call an attorney. Doing so will help you understand what your options are, can guide you through the process, and will start the recovery process as soon as possible.

Talk to Our Team of Lake Charles Car Accident Attorneys: (888) 493-1629

Attorneys at Arnold & Itkin have helped thousands of catastrophic injury victims and their families. We have won hundreds of results of $1 million or more and dozens of results of $10 million or more, adding up to billions of dollars in results. Our case history includes winning the largest single-injury verdict in Louisiana history, the largest verdict for an amputee in national history, and other record-setting verdicts. Each result went toward helping our clients rebuild their lives in concrete and long-term ways, so speak with us today to learn your options.

Contact our Lake Charles car accident law firm today for a free consultation: (888) 493-1629!

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  • $8 Billion Top 3 Largest Jury Verdict in U.S. History Arnold & Itkin LLP tried a Risperdal case against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn about one of the drug’s most damaging side effects: gynecomastia. Our skill, hard work, and dedication resulted in the third-largest jury verdict ever obtained ...
  • $357 Million Largest Workplace Accident Settlement in Texas history Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a massive nine-figure settlement against a transnational corporation for a workplace incident. The settlement set a Texas record for being the largest personal injury settlement in the state’s history.
  • $222 Million Record-Breaking Verdict for Widow Our firm won $222 million for a woman who lost her husband in an industrial accident caused by a faulty valve. We took the case to trial because the at-fault company refused to take responsibility. The jury saw through the corporate lies and double ...
  • $205 Million Confidential Settlement Obtained for Numerous Clients Arnold & Itkin reached a record $205,000,000 settlement on behalf of clients after several years of hard-fought litigation. The case settled just before trial was set to begin.
  • $139 Million Massive Settlement Achieved for Victims of an Oilfield Incident Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a huge $139,000,000 settlement for injured families affected by an oilfield incident in the eastern United States, settling one week before trial.
  • $117 Million Largest Single-Event Personal Injury Verdict in Louisiana History Arnold & Itkin represented a pregnant woman who experienced stomach pain and called Acadian Ambulance. The driver of the ambulance drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck causing the plaintiff's spine to be severed at T4 and for her ...
  • $116 Million Confidential Settlement Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a massive nine figure settlement on behalf of their clients after several years of hard fought litigation.
  • $110 Million Record Settlement Achieved for Victims of Defective Products Arnold & Itkin obtained a record settlement for individuals harmed by defective, dangerous products. The result exemplifies our commitment to clients and justice for those seriously injured by the conduct of others.
  • $105 Million Record Settlement for Dangerous Product Victims Arnold & Itkin’s legal team helped represent those harmed by dangerous products. We were successful in recovering a $105 million settlement.
  • $97 Million Massive Settlement Secured for Refinery Workers Arnold & Itkin is proud to share that after months of preparation for trial, our firm was able to secure a huge settlement for clients who were injured in a refinery fire. Find out more now.
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