If a speeding motorist caused your Lafayette car accident, you may be able to build a case and recover compensation by holding the speeder responsible. If our legal team believes you have grounds to take legal action, a Lafayette speeding lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can handle this process for you. We work based on contingent fees.
Our team will review your case for free. You can reach us today by calling (337) 446-4571. Speak to a member of our legal team about your car wreck and personal injuries, and we can explain if we can help you seek compensation to cover your damages.
Understanding the Louisiana Speeding Laws
Speeding increases the likelihood that an accident will happen in Lafayette Parish. When a driver is going too fast, they have less time to react, it takes longer to stop, and safety equipment may not work as well. The forces experienced in a collision are also increased.
There are two ways Louisiana law recognizes a driver speeding.
For a free legal consultation with a Speeding Accident lawyer serving Lafayette, call (337) 446-4571
Exceeding Posted Speed Limits
Per Louisiana Revised Statutes (RS) §32:61, there are maximum speed limits on each type of road, or the roads will be marked otherwise. Motorists need to obey the posted speed limit, which may include:
- 55 m.p.h. on state highways
- 65 m.p.h. on multi-lane divided highways
- Up to 70 m.p.h. on the interstate and controlled-access highways
Driving Too Fast for Conditions
It is also possible to be speeding while driving under the posted speed limit, in some cases also. Per RS §32:64, drivers have an obligation to only drive as fast as road and weather conditions allow.
If the motorist who caused your car crash violated either of these traffic laws, we may be able to use it to develop a negligence case that supports a liability car insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. The factors that we need to prove to show negligence and liability include:
- The driver had an obligation to drive the appropriate speed under Louisiana Revised Statutes §32:61 and §32:64.
- The driver violated one of these traffic laws.
- The driver’s actions caused a collision.
- You sustained injuries and expenses because of the collision.
Our law office can provide you a free review of your speeding accident case, and if possible, we may be able to represent you based on the facts of your case. Contact our office today and let our team evaluate your options for compensation.
Victims Have a Right to Pursue Compensation for an Accident Caused by a Speeding Driver
In general, if we can show that the driver who hit you acted negligently, we can likely take action to recover compensation to cover your proven damages. This option may be possible through an auto liability insurance claim and settlement based on the at-fault driver’s policy, or a personal injury lawsuit filed against the at-fault driver and a financial award.
If your case against the driver who caused your collision has merit, a Lafayette speeding lawyer may offer to represent you and navigate the legal process on your behalf. This process requires several steps to navigate successfully.
From the time we accept a case, we investigate what happened, why, and who was involved. From the initial list of potentially liable parties, we will narrow it down and assign liability. Then, we will gather the necessary evidence to support our allegations and the resulting car accident claim. We may work with accident reconstruction professionals, call in medical expert witnesses, and use other resources to document fault, liability, and the value of your losses.
We can often negotiate a fair settlement based on the value of your economic and non-economic losses. If the insurance company refuses a just settlement agreement, Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492 allows us up to one year to file paperwork and take the case to civil court. A judge and jury may award you a payout based on the facts of the case we present at trial.
To learn if the Morris Bart law firm can go to work for you, call (337) 446-4571 for a complimentary review of your case.
Recoverable Damages in a Lafayette Speeding Accident
As a part of building your case against the speeding driver who caused your Lafayette Parish crash, we collect evidence and document your accident-related damages. Damages in a Louisiana car accident case include related expenses, direct financial losses, and intangible losses we can set a monetary value on. It also includes potential future expenses, in some cases.
Common recoverable damages include:
- Treatment, care, and related medical expenses for your accident injuries
- Lost income and benefits
- Reduced earning capacity
- Loss of services
- Car repairs and other property damages
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Other non-economic damages
- Wrongful death damages
Contact the Office of a Speeding Attorney in Lafayette for Help with Your Case Today
A Lafayette speeding lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can investigate your accident and handle your claim for compensation if you qualify. We represent clients on a contingency basis. If we agree to handle your case, you will not need to pay any out-of-pocket attorney fees. We only collect attorneys’ fees if and when we secure a settlement or an award for you.
We have 15 offices in all, including our Lafayette location. We serve all areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas.
Call (337) 446-4571 now for your complimentary consultation with our Lafayette office. We can explain your rights and determine if our speeding accident attorneys can help you pursue legal action.
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