The parish seat of St. Landry Parish, Opelousas is immersed in rich Creole and Cajun culture, exemplified by the illustrious Creole Heritage Folklife Center and the annual Opelousas Spice & Music Festival. Named after the Appalousa Native American Indians who previously occupied the land before its formal incorporation in 1821, Opelousas was originally founded in 1720, which makes the Acadian city the third oldest city in Louisiana. Its location in south central Louisiana made Opelousas ideal to serve as a major trading post between New Orleans and Natchitoches. Today, Opelousas has a population of over 16,000 residents, making it the largest city in St. Landry Parish. Opelousas takes pride in its designation as both the “spice capital of the world” and the “Zydeco capital of the world.”
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury in the state of Louisiana, injuring over 72,000 people and costing the lives of an additional 720 last year alone. St. Landry Parish experienced over 1,100 injuries and twenty-two deaths as a direct result of vehicular collisions during that time. Vehicular collisions can lead to catastrophic injuries that devastate victims and their families, perhaps simply because a distracted driver was not paying attention to the road in front of him. Motor vehicle collisions can often have complicated circumstances surrounding the accident, which often leads to great difficulty ascertaining who exactly is liable for the resulting damages. It is pertinent for anyone involved in an auto accident to immediately contact a skilled personal injury attorney who can accurately assess the situation, take the claims to court, and fight for just compensation.
At Broussard & David, our personal injury attorneys have a wealth of experience handling many kinds of auto accident claims, including those involving big rig trucks, buses, SUVs, drunk drivers, and pedestrians, among others. In 2007, our attorneys were successful in obtaining an award of $15 million in punitive damages against a drunk driver, the highest punitive damage award in the history of Louisiana.
Our injury attorneys have the refined skill and experience to take on more than just auto accident claims, including those involving offshore accidents, workplace accidents, toxic torts, brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries, among many others. Victims of these accidents can often suffer severe physical, psychological, and emotional damages that can be devastating to their quality of life. Injuries suffered under these circumstances can range from crippling physical ailments to devastating emotional pain, among other compensable damages such as lost work wages. Our personal injury attorneys promise to protect your rights and pursue the justice that you deserve.
We offer a full-service personal injury and wrongful death law firm at Broussard & David, and our attorneys have the refined skill necessary to take your claims to court and obtain the just compensation that you deserve. If you or a loved one suffered an injury in Opelousas or you are an Opelousas resident who has been injured somewhere else, please contact the attorneys at Broussard & David to discuss your legal rights at (337) 233-2323 (local) or (888) 337-2323 (toll-free).