As your children grow, you recognize their need for independence, and no better example of their independence is when they are ready to drive on their own. Sadly, statistics show that teenage drivers are involved in a high number of accidents on Louisiana roads.
If another driver is responsible for you or your teenager’s Algiers teen driving accident, they may be legally liable for the damages they caused. The Algiers teen driving accident lawyers at the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you recover your losses. We can assist you with filing a claim against the other driver’s insurance company, and if necessary, pursue compensation through a trial.
Call us today at (504) 613-4771. Consultation calls are free, and you pay no up-front fees if you hire us. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you only pay when you collect a settlement or a court award.
Driver Liability in Teen Driving Accidents
Teen drivers face many of the same risks we all face on the road, but they tend to be involved in more accidents. This is also not to say that your teen driver is responsible for the accident—only that their experience level behind the wheel may make them more susceptible to be involved in an accident caused by another driver’s negligent behaviors.
When it comes to your teen driving accident, the Morris Bart law firm can investigate the liable party and assemble evidence of their negligence. This can include evidence such as:
- Photos, videos, or police reports from the accident
- Security footage, if available
- Witness statements
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
- And more
This evidence may be especially important if the party that caused your accident denies their liability or tries to unfairly argue split liability.
For a free legal consultation with a Teen Driving Accident lawyer serving Algiers, call 800-537-8185
Driver Negligence in Teen Driving Accidents
Any time a driver’s negligent behavior causes a car accident, they may be held liable for the injuries they cause.
The following are common forms of negligent driving that we may be able to investigate as the cause of your teenage driving accident:
Distracted driving is any behavior that diverts the driver’s attention away from the operation of the vehicle and the environment on the road. The most recognized distracted driving is cell phone use.
At any increased speed, the time to stop or make corrections is shortened. Speeding drivers can lose control of their vehicles and cause an accident. Increased speed may also increase the force of impact in the event of an accident.
Drugs and alcohol abuse can impair any driver. The use of alcohol affects normal brain function and motor skills. The legal driving limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in Louisiana is 0.08%.
Due to their lifestyle, teen drivers may be on the road at late hours of the night—the same time fatigued drivers could be pushing themselves to drive home or reach another destination. A drowsy driver may nod-off and cause an accident.
In many cases, driver liability is established with evidence that they violated a traffic law, such as running a stop sign or red light, illegally changing lanes, or failing to yield. The Morris Bart law firm will look for evidence of driver negligence in your family’s case to help you recover compensation for your teenager’s injuries.
Call the Morris Bart law firm at (504) 613-4771 today for a free consultation.
Recoverable Damages from a Teen Driving Accident
When your teen is injured in a driving accident, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Even if he or she is feeling well, there could be delayed or internal injuries that may not be seen. Visiting a doctor also links your injuries to the accident, which could be used as evidence in a personal injury case.
Between the damage sustained in the accident and the medical care, though, you and your teen may have a substantial amount of losses and damages. Depending on their injuries, treatment may last for many years.
Accordingly, the amount of compensation available in a teen driving accident case is dependent on many factors. Recoverable damages may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- The costs to repair or replace your vehicle
- Therapy to deal with any depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or anxiety related to the accident
- Lost wages and possible future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- And possibly more
To discuss what compensation may be available in your case, contact the Morris Bart law firm at (504) 613-4771.
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If a negligent driver injured your son and daughter in a car accident, your family has the right to pursue compensation. You and your children should not have to pay for the negligence of others.
Time is limited to take legal action. Louisiana’s liberative prescription may only allow you one year from the date your teen was injured to pursue a lawsuit. If this time limit expires, it may prevent you from recovering compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.
There may be exceptions to this rule based on the age of the teenager at the time of the accident. Our experienced attorneys can discuss what legal deadlines pertain to your case during your consultation.
For a free consultation with an Algiers teen driving accident lawyer, call the Morris Bart law firm today at (504) 613-4771. We can review the circumstances of your case to let you know your legal options. We also work on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay any attorney fees unless you recover a settlement from the insurance company or a court award.
We represent personal injury victims in Algiers and across the greater New Orleans area. Call us today!
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