If a speeding driver caused your Shreveport, LA, accident, you have a right to hold them accountable for the injuries and financial losses you suffered. A Shreveport speeding accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to represent you and seek compensation on your behalf.
Let a member of our team evaluate your accident case during a free consultation. Call the Morris Bart law office in Shreveport at (318) 553-5470 to get started today.
Speeding Dramatically Increases the Risk of Accidents and Injuries
While speeding does not directly cause traffic collisions, it can increase the risk of having an accident and escalate the consequences of such a collision. Drivers who are speeding have less time to react, are more likely to lose control of the vehicle, and take longer to stop when necessary. When a speeding driver does collide with another motorist, the injuries may be exponentially worse than they would be at a lower speed.
Legally, speeding comes in two forms: exceeding the speed limit posted and driving too fast for weather or road conditions. Two different statutes address these under Louisiana law:
- Louisiana Revised Statutes (RS) §32:61 sets the maximum speed limits based on the type of road, although many roads are marked with lower speeds because of their design or other factors.
- RS §32:64 requires drivers to slow down when conditions on the road demand safety. These conditions may include bad weather, congested traffic, or other potential hazards.
When a driver breaks either of these laws and causes a collision, the fact that they were speeding may support your negligence case against them. A strong negligence case will allow you to seek compensation through a liability auto insurance claim based on that driver’s policy or through a personal injury civil suit. Proving negligence in a speeding accident requires us to show each of the following:
- The driver had a duty to obey the speed limit or drive according to road conditions.
- The driver failed to obey the law by speeding.
- The driver caused your collision and injuries because of their speed.
- You suffered financial losses as a result of the accident.
If you were hurt in an accident in Caddo Parish or Bossier Parish and you believe the driver who caused the collision was speeding, we are ready to review your case and explain your options.
For a free legal consultation with a Speeding Accident lawyer serving Shreveport, call 800-537-8185
Building a Speeding Accident Auto Liability Claim
If we accept your accident case, a Shreveport speeding accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm will develop an argument that shows the driver was responsible for the accident and should be accountable for your losses. We will also outline your damages and the value of your case, demanding the insurance company offer a just settlement, or we will take the case to court.
If we can convince the insurance company to take responsibility and cooperate with paying out a fair settlement, we can usually settle these cases out of court. If the insurer denies responsibility, blames you for the accident, or refuses to offer a settlement that compensates you fairly, we can take the driver to court and ask the judge or jury to award you a fair financial recovery.
We represent car accident victims based on contingency. If we accept your case, you will not need to pay us a retainer or any other upfront fees. We will handle the investigation into your accident and any other costs associated with your claim. Only after we successfully secure a financial settlement or an award, will we take our attorney fees from this payment. You will never need to pay us anything directly.
To learn more about how the Morris Bart law firm provides representation to Shreveport speeding accident victims, call (318) 553-5470. Our team members can answer your questions and review your case today.
Damages Recoverable in a Speeding Accident Case
If our attorneys pursue compensation in your Shreveport accident case, we will seek a fair payout that adequately compensates you for the damages you suffered and will likely suffer in the future. Your financial recovery could include compensation for common damages, such as the following:
- Treatment and medical care
- Future necessary medical care for your injuries
- Lost income and reduced ability to earn a living
- Property damages, such as car repairs
- Expenses paid out of pocket
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death damages for the death of a loved one
Time Limits on Filing a Civil Suit in Louisiana
The most common way we can help a client resolve their car accident case is to reach an out-of-court agreement with the insurance carrier and recover a settlement. However, these cases do occasionally require a lawsuit. If this occurs in your case, we will represent you and present an argument for a just financial award.
There is a one-year time limit on filing a lawsuit for most accident victims in Louisiana, under Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492. If we are aware of your case in time, we will ensure we do not miss this deadline.
Talk to a Member of Our Traffic Accident Team in Shreveport
A Shreveport speeding accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can help you take action and seek compensation in your traffic accident case if you qualify to do so. To learn if we can help, discuss your accident and injuries with our team.
The Morris Bart law firm has 15 offices that offer legal services and representation for accident victims in the Gulf South, including Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
You can reach the Morris Bart law office in Shreveport about your speeding accident case by dialing (318) 553-5470 today. We are available to review your case for free now.
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