When you are safely driving on the road, you typically expect the drivers around you to be driving safely as well. Unfortunately, some drivers bend or break traffic rules and engage in reckless driving.
If you or a loved one were hurt by a reckless driver, they may owe you compensation for your hospital bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. A Meaux reckless driving accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to help you determine how much compensation you may deserve based on your accident and the damages you suffered. We can also help you pursue compensation in a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the responsible party.
Contact Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (318) 777-7777 for a free consultation on your case with a member of our team. We offer representation on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payments required.
Types of Reckless Driving
Reckless driving is when someone is operating any motor vehicle in a way that could harm people or objects. Reckless driving can be intentional or unintentional. Just because someone did not intend to drive recklessly and cause harm does not mean that they escape liability for their negligent actions.
Under Louisiana Revised Statutes (RS) §14:99, the “reckless operation of a vehicle” is illegal in Louisiana and may carry fines and jail time. A similar law, RS §32:58, prohibits the careless operation of a motor vehicle that endangers people’s “life, limb, or property.”
The following actions may be considered reckless driving:
Excessive speeding can be regarded as reckless driving. Excessive speeding can put everyone on the road in danger.
Running Stop Signs or Red Lights
Running stop signs or red lights can cause accidents. When there is a stop sign or red light, other drivers expect that person to stop. Most people do not think to look for vehicles running stop signs or red lights. When they do not stop, serious accidents can result.
Swerving lanes aggressively or without using a signal may be considered reckless driving. Drivers should be able to drive on the road without others swerving into their lane.
Unsafe or excessive passing can be considered reckless driving. Drivers that pass other vehicles unsafely can cause accidents. This may include passing when not permitted or “cutting off” another vehicle.
Tailgating is when one driver is following another vehicle too closely. Many think the worst tailgating can do is cause a rear-end collision. However, tailgating can cause a serious, multi-car accident as well.
A driver who causes an accident by committing these, or any other violations of traffic law, may be liable for the damages they cause. Reckless driving accident victims may be able to recover compensation for their injuries in a civil case regardless of any criminal charges the responsible driver may or may not face.
If you believe another driver’s negligence caused your accident, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (318) 777-7777 for a free consultation on your case with a member of our team. The sooner you act, the sooner we can get started.
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Evidence in a Reckless Driving Accident Case
Getting compensation for your reckless driving accident can be a complicated process. To get compensation for your claim, you typically must have evidence of the responsible party’s liability.
Evidence that may help support your claim could include:
- Statements from all parties involved
- Medical documentation
- Physician statements
- Statements for vehicle repairs
- Surveillance footage
- Photos taken after the accident
- Eyewitness statements
- Police reports
- Proof of loss of income
- And more
A Meaux reckless driving accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you find and collect evidence of the responsible party’s liability when we represent you. We may also be able to hire medical or accident reconstruction experts to testify in your defense.
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Recoverable Damages in a Car Accident Case
When you are injured due to someone else’s negligent or reckless driving, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers believes that you should not have to suffer financially because of it.
We also understand that being in a car accident is not just about bodily injuries and that your accident may have disrupted your life in many different ways. Our firm can investigate the ways that your accident impacted your life financially when we represent you.
The following damages may be recoverable in a car accident case:
- Medical bills, both current and future
- Damages to your vehicle
- Loss of wages due to missed work
- Decrease earning capability
- Pain and suffering you endured
- And more
The Statute of Limitations on Your Case
There is a time limit to filing a lawsuit in Louisiana, also known as a statute of limitations. Per the Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, a general one-year statute of limitations pertains to personal injury lawsuits. If you wait longer than this to take legal action, your lawsuit could be dismissed, and you may be unable to recover compensation.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help protect your right to sue by acting within the legal time limits when we represent you. Call us today for information on what specific deadlines pertain to your case.
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A Meaux reckless driving accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help take some of the stress off of your shoulders when we represent you. This can allow our firm to handle all communications, deadlines, and paperwork on your behalf while you focus on your recovery.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers operates on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning we do not get paid attorney fees unless and until our clients recover compensation in a settlement offer or court award.
Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (318) 777-7777 for a free consultation on your case with a member of our team.