Speed is a lethal factor in roadway fatalities. 9,378 Americans lost their lives due to excess speed on the roadway in 2018, per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Every Andrew speeding lawyer at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers knows the relevant Louisiana statutes. If you were hurt by a speeding driver, call us at (337) 777-7777.
There are a couple of different ways that judges in Louisiana seek to remedy the financial damage caused by a negligent driver. The first is special damages, which may include items like:
- Hospital bills
- Healthcare insurance copays
- Lost wages and missed income
- Lowered potential to make the same living
- Ongoing therapy or medical treatment
If you are experiencing these costs due to a car collision involving speed, our team may be able to help. We offer legal services to people hurt in the Andrew area of Louisiana. We know the types of accidents that happen frequently here and are familiar with the common risks and pitfalls.
Drivers Who Speed Make the Roads Much More Dangerous for Others
The reason excess speed is dangerous breaks down to a physics issue. A car can weigh over a thousand pounds and can end a human life even at slow speeds. If a person lands wrongly, it does not take much speed at all to provide the force to level a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs are one of the most dangerous risks of a high-speed collision. Some TBIs are obvious, while others are not easy to spot. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) refers to TBI as “the silent epidemic,” and outlines several ways to diagnose the early warning symptoms of a TBI at home. TBIs raise a person’s risk of contracting later health problems such as stroke and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Speeding laws are in place for a reason. There is very little else a person can do once an obstacle has been spotted in the road. If a person has too much speed, there will not be enough distance and time to avoid a collision.
Louisiana has some of the most dangerous roads in America. Every day we see crashes and loss of life. There are a mix of risks on the roads such as:
- Heavy trucks
- Inexperienced drivers
- Racing drivers
- Intoxicated drivers
- Distracted drivers
- Angry drivers
Speed is what these all have in common, and it is this that reduces the amount of time a person has to be able to react. If you were injured in a car accident due to a driver who was speeding, call our office today to see if an Andrew speeding lawyer with Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you at (337) 777-7777.
For a free legal consultation with a speeding accident lawyer serving Andrew, call (337) 777-7777
Protect Your Rights with the Help of an Andrew Speeding Attorney
Speeding is a dangerous practice no matter where people do it. But when it happens in Louisiana, our lawyers can help you recover damages. Nowhere in Louisiana is it legal to drive over the posted speed limits, which are tailored to the traffic settings and histories of each area of the road. If a driver hit you while speeding, we may be able to help hold them liable for part or all your personal injuries.
Liability works in a shared setting in Louisiana. Louisiana Civil Code §2324 requires judges to split the damage awards for plaintiffs with other parties if the plaintiff is also partially liable. This means that if both parties to a collision are liable, it could be the case that courts will hold each of you responsible for percentages balanced according to the share of fault.
For example, if an individual were distracted while driving and caused an accident, they will likely be held liable. However, if it can be shown that the other driver was speeding at the time, then they may be judged to be partially at fault for that. Their lawyer may argue that they were going with the speed of traffic. Courts will assign perhaps 20% fault to the speeding driver, leaving 80% of the fault to the distracted driver. In this example, a $200,000 award for legal damages may end up only being $160,000, after $40,000, or 20%, would be paid to the other side.
In this way, speeding can play a very material role in the outcome of a traffic collision case, affecting the amount of settlement awarded.
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Louisiana Statute of Limitations Limits Your Time to Pursue Compensation for Your Injuries
Louisiana courts only allow one year for injured car accident victims to pursue their claims. Louisiana Civil Code §3492 holds that this twelve-month window applies to injuries as soon as they discover their injury.
Unfortunately, there are reasons that mean individuals do not have a full year in which to wait to decide about whether or not to start pursuing their legal rights. If a case takes a full year to go to lawsuit, it typically is due to the lawyers waiting to give time to the injured person to recover as much as possible. It is difficult to estimate the extent of injuries ahead of time. There can always be complications, and unforeseen problems. This is why many personal injury attorneys in Louisiana do try to start the good-faith proceedings with the authorities and insurance company as soon as possible, while still giving their client enough time to heal. Some injuries take much longer than one year to heal from, and even more serious injuries may be chronic or permanently debilitating.
Contact the Office of a Speeding Lawyer Today to Learn More
The driver who hit you was driving too fast, and they broke the law to do so. This unlawful act may have contributed to your car accident. The Andrew speeding lawyer we provide you with is going to be able to take care of your legal needs from start to finish. Your injuries are serious, and Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers will gladly fight for your interests before a jury, if need be.
We work on a contingency basis, meaning that we do not take payment unless and until we win the case. Call us today to speak to a member of our law firm at (337) 777-7777.