Changing lanes improperly can set off a chain of events that result in a crash with serious injuries and property damage. When failure to abide by the law results in an accident, victims may be entitled to compensation for the damages they suffered.
If you or a loved one has been injured or someone has died in an improper lane change accident, you may be able to get compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party who caused the crash. There are strict time limits for filing a lawsuit, so you may want to get legal advice regarding your rights and how to proceed.
An Alexandria improper lane changes lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can take the burden off you by handling the legal hurdles involved with getting a fair settlement. We can investigate the circumstances of your accident and gather evidence to prove the other party’s liability. We can negotiate with insurance companies (who may want to pay out as little as possible) and take your case to court, if necessary.
We offer a free consultation to evaluate your case and to show you how we can help. Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (337) 777-7777.
We Can Help You With the Aftermath of All Kinds of Improper Lane Changes Accidents
Drivers are also required to stay in their established lane and use lanes for their designed intent. If drivers fail to do so and an accident results, they may be found negligent and held liable for the damages that occur.
Other examples of improper lane change or usage include:
- Cutting off another driver by changing lanes too quickly
- Not following roadway signs
- Driving outside of designated lanes, such as using the road shoulders on a highway
- Making lane changes at too high speeds
- Making an illegal turn at an intersection and crossing through another lane
Any of these violations can result in accidents, such as rear-end collisions or multi-vehicle accidents. If you were harmed in such a way, we want to help.
For a free legal consultation with a improper lane change accident lawyer serving Alexandria, call (318) 777-7777
We Can Help You Fight for Compensation
If you were injured in an improper lane changes accident due to the fault of another driver, you may be able to pursue special damages and general damages. Special damages are for quantifiable monetary losses and expenses, and may include:
- Property and vehicle loss
- Cost of medical and rehabilitative bills
- Loss of wages and future earnings
General damages are for losses that are more difficult to put a monetary value on, and may include:
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Physical disfigurement
- Loss of quality of life
An Alexandria improper lane changes lawyer can help you calculate what damages you may be able to pursue, based on the circumstances of the accident and extent of your injuries. Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers at (337) 777-7777 to get started.
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We Can Prove Liability for the Accident and for Your Injuries
To win your lawsuit (or successfully collect an insurance settlement), your lawyer will have to prove that the other party made an improper lane change and that they are at fault for the accident—and therefore, liable for your damages as well. We have to show the following factors exist:
- Duty: The defendant owed you a duty of care (to drive safely).
- Breach: The defendant breached that duty by acting or failing to act.
- Causation: This breach caused your injury.
- Damages: You suffered damages as a result.
Proving fault requires gathering evidence, examining police and medical reports, finding witnesses to testify, locating video footage from traffic or CCTV cameras, and potentially involving expert witnesses and accident reconstructionists. Make sure you seek medical attention after the accident and document all your injuries (if you have not done so already).
Louisiana Laws That May Affect Your Case
There are several Louisiana laws that you should be aware of, as they may affect your case. The statute of limitations is the time limit on how long you have to bring a lawsuit to court. According to CC 3492, this deadline is one year from the day injury or damage is sustained. If you do not file your case within this timeframe, you may forfeit all your rights to compensation. Your insurance company may have a separate timeframe you must follow to submit a claim for covered losses in pursuit of a settlement.
Do Not Worry if You Think You Were Partially At-Fault
Louisiana uses the doctrine of “comparative fault,” or “proportionate responsibility” to apportion damages. Under CC 2323, the judge or jury will determine the percentage of fault of all persons causing or contributing to the injury, death, or loss. If you have contributed to the accident in some way, the amount of recoverable damages will be reduced in proportion to the degree or percentage that you are found to be at fault. Insurance companies will also look at this when making a settlement offer.
Even if you are found to be partly at fault, you still may be able to pursue some damages. An Alexandria improper lane changes lawyer can explain what your portion of fault may be determined to be.
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Contact Us for Help Pursuing the Settlement You Deserve
If you have been involved in a Louisiana car accident, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers is here to help you navigate the legal system. We are aware of the tactics that insurance companies may use to get you to accept the lowest compensation possible, and will negotiate with them accordingly. If a settlement cannot be reached, we are prepared to take your case to court.
You pay nothing unless and until we win your case, so call us now at (337) 777-7777 for your free case evaluation.