If a reckless driver caused your Shreveport injury accident, it may be possible to hold that driver accountable for the damages you suffered, including your financial expenses and intangible losses. The Morris Bart law firm represents accident victims who qualify to take legal action in this type of car accident case.
A Shreveport reckless driving accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law office will evaluate your case today to determine if there is evidence to seek compensation. Call us now at (318) 553-5470 to get started.
Reckless Driving Dramatically Increases the Risk of an Accident
Reckless driving refers to knowingly breaking traffic laws and putting the health and safety of others in danger. It may include actions such as driving at speeds far above the posted limits, speeding in bad weather, running red lights, passing another vehicle on the shoulder of the road, weaving in and out of traffic, and other dangerous actions.
In Louisiana, reckless driving is a charge that could bring additional penalties above those a driver might receive for speeding or another violation. If the court convicts a driver of reckless driving, the penalties, outlined in Louisiana Revised Statutes (RS) §14:99, could include the following:
- A fine of up to $200, a 90-day jail sentence, or both, for a first offense
- A fine of $25 to $500, or 10 days to six months in jail, or both, if convicted of a second or subsequent offense
The Morris Bart law office in Shreveport serves accident victims in Caddo Parish and Bossier Parish, as well as other nearby areas. Call us today to learn more about how we may be able to handle your case based on the details of your accident.
For a free legal consultation with a Reckless Driving Accident lawyer serving Shreveport, call 800-537-8185
Developing a Strategy and Taking Action in Your Shreveport Accident
If we represent you in a case against a reckless driver, a Shreveport reckless driving accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm will work to build a strong case that shows the driver acted negligently and is, therefore, liable for your injuries and damages. This will require us to present convincing evidence that confirms:
- The driver had a duty to avoid putting others in danger by following all traffic laws and driving carefully.
- The driver failed to do this, endangering you and others on the road.
- The driver’s recklessness led to an accident in which you suffered injuries.
- Your injuries and other facts of the accident caused you to incur financial losses.
The steps necessary for us to develop an argument that will effectively prove your case include:
- Obtaining all relevant documentation and evidence
- Analyzing the evidence available in your case
- Calling in experts, such as accident reconstruction experts
- Documenting your related losses
- Putting a just value on your case, so we know if a fair settlement offer is on the table
When we accept a case at the Morris Bart law firm, we do so based on contingency. Our clients do not pay us for our representation upfront. We only take our attorney’s fees if we reach a settlement or recover a court award.
To learn more about how we may be able to help you navigate the claims process and secure a payout in your case, call us now at (318) 553-5470.
Pursuing Damages Based on Your Accident and Injuries
Most car accident cases do not go to trial. With the evidence we gather to prove fault, we can usually negotiate a fair settlement with the negligent driver’s insurance company. Only under certain circumstances is a case likely to go to court, such as if the insurance company refuses to accept the claim or offers an unreasonable settlement.
We may also decide to file a lawsuit if settlement negotiations are taking too long, and the deadline to file is approaching. Whether we seek compensation through a settlement or in court, we may pursue the following damages:
- Current and future treatment for injuries and any related expenses
- Lost income
- Diminished earning ability
- Loss of services
- Property damages
- Additional expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Other intangible losses
Deadline for Filing a Lawsuit in Louisiana
There is a general one-year time limit for filing traffic accident civil suits under Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492. If we need to consider taking your case to court and the time comes to file, we must do so before this deadline arrives. While there are exceptions to this statute of limitations, they are not common. If we miss the deadline for filing, the court is unlikely to allow us to move forward with a lawsuit.
Speak with a Member of Our Reckless Driving Accident Team in Shreveport
Contact us if you suffered traffic accident injuries caused by a reckless driver. A Shreveport reckless driving accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can fight for the financial recovery you need based on the details of your case.
Our team member will discuss your accident with you today at no cost to you or your family. We provide these complimentary case evaluations to determine if we can help you hold the reckless driver accountable.
You can reach the Morris Bart law office in Shreveport by calling (318) 553-5470. A team member is available to speak with you now. In addition, we have 15 offices serving accident victims throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas.
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