If a speeding driver caused your accident and injuries, you may be able to hold them legally liable and recover compensation. If we believe your case has merit, a Shreveport exceeding posted speed limits lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to represent you. Our law office will file an auto liability claim or name the driver as the defendant in a lawsuit in the appropriate jurisdiction on your behalf.
Call (318) 553-5470 today for a free consultation with a member of our legal team. We can discuss your accident with you and determine if you qualify to hold the other motorist responsible for your accident. If so, we may offer to handle your case based on contingency, with no upfront costs to you.
Speeding Contributes to Approximately One-Third of All Fatal Car Crashes
Louisiana has strong laws that outline what speeding is and when it occurs. Exceeding the posted speed limits is addressed in Louisiana Revised Statutes (RS) §32:61, which sets the maximum speed limits for certain types of roads unless posted otherwise. These speed limits include:
- Louisiana highways generally have a 55 m.p.h. speed limit;
- Multi-lane divided highways have a 65 m.p.h. speed limit in most cases; and
- Interstate and controlled-access highways may have a speed limit of up to 70 m.p.h.
At the same time, RS §32:64 also prohibits motorists from driving faster than the road conditions allow, stating that driving at speeds above those that are “reasonable and prudent under the conditions and potential hazards” is illegal.
These laws allow us to show that the speeding driver who hit you had a duty to drive at a reduced speed or according to the posted speed limits and that violating these laws was a negligent act. Proving negligence is key in holding that driver accountable and recovering compensation for the damages incurred.
There is no doubt that speeding is dangerous and increases the risk of an accident, as well as increases the risk of serious injury or death in an accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speed is a factor in about a third of all fatal crashes. This statistic has varied little in more than two decades.
At higher speeds, there are several factors in play that cause this to be true. These factors include:
- It takes longer to come to a complete stop.
- Drivers do not have as much time to react to a hazard.
- It is more challenging to maintain control of the vehicle.
- Airbags and seatbelts are not as effective.
- High-speed accidents create greater forces than similar accidents at lower speeds.
To learn more about how a Shreveport exceeding posted speed limits lawyer can build a case against a speeding driver for you, call the Morris Bart law firm in Shreveport today. We will discuss your car accident and the legal options available to you. We will also explain how we may be able to help with your case. Contact our office today to get started with a free consultation.
For a free legal consultation with a Exceeding Posted Speed Limits Accident lawyer serving Shreveport, call (318) 553-5470
Recovering Damages in an Accident Caused by a Driver Who Exceeded the Posted Speed Limit
Our law office will document the damages you sustained as a result of the accident during our investigation. This is a crucial part of building your case because without taking this step, we will not know what a fair settlement may be. Each case has its own value based on the unique details of the case. The evidence we use to prove losses includes:
- Relevant medical information, including records, bills, and expert witnesses
- Information about prognosis and future medical needs
- Documentation of time away from work
- Estimates and other details related to car repairs
- Receipts for any out-of-pocket expenses
This allows us to demand a fair settlement from the at-fault driver’s insurance company or present the evidence in court and ask the judge or jury for an appropriate award. Recoverable damages could include:
- Current and future treatment and all related medical expenses
- Current and future lost income and benefits
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damages to the vehicle and other personal property
- Pain and suffering damages
- Other non-economic damages
- Wrongful death damages for surviving immediate family members if the victim passed away
There Are Legal Deadlines to File a Car Accident Case in Shreveport
You generally only have one year from the date of your accident to file your initial paperwork in a civil court in Caddo or Bossier Parish or another jurisdiction in Louisiana. This deadline is codified under Civil Code Article 3492. If we manage your case and cannot reach an out-of-court settlement before this date arrives, we will likely need to file the necessary paperwork to begin legal action.
This deadline also makes it imperative that we get to work on your car accident case as soon as possible. If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by a speeding motorist, call our law firm today at (318) 553-5470 for a free case consultation.
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Get a Free Consultation Today with the Office of an Exceeding Posted Speed Limits Attorney
A Shreveport exceeding posted speed limits lawyer may be able to represent you to the insurance companies, the judge and jury, and others involved in your traffic accident case. At the Morris Bart law firm in Shreveport, you can speak with a member of our team for free. We will review your accident details to determine if we can help with your case.
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