Being a teenager and learning to drive is an exciting time for many young people. However, when a teen driver is behind the wheel of a machine that weighs several thousand pounds does not drive safely, other motorists on the roadway may be in danger.
The Meaux teen driving accident lawyers from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers are dedicated to helping accident victims who were injured by negligent drivers of all ages. Our team can discuss your claim with you during an in-depth case review. Contact us at (337) 777-7777 to get started.
We Will Determine the Cause of Your Teen Driving Accident
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. “In 2017, 2,364 teens ages 16 to 19 were killed in motor vehicle accidents and another 300,000 were treated in emergency room departments after being involved in an accident.”
There are several ways your accident may have occurred, including:
Driving is an activity that requires full attention and the ability to observe a number of factors at one time. Teen drivers do not have years of driving experience to rely on to help them anticipate and avoid dangers.
A teen may have a shorter attention span and could get distracted while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 2,841 people were killed in distracted driving traffic accidents in 2018 alone. While texting while driving is an unfortunately common and dangerous form of distracted driving, teens may have other distractions that can interfere with their concentration, such as:
- Loud music
- Talkative passengers in the vehicle
- Worries on their mind
- GPS and other devices
Drinking and Driving
According to a crash data report published by Louisiana State University, approximately 24% of fatal traffic accidents for drivers aged 15 to 20 involved alcohol in 2017.
Teens’ brains are still growing and forming, and the last areas to finish developing are those areas responsible for reasoning and judgment. This may impact why teens may make dangerous decisions while driving, such as:
- Street racing
- Weaving in and out of lanes
- Taking drugs or inhalants while driving
- Illegally passing other vehicles
Your lawyer will work to prove how your accident occurred. Call (337) 777-7777 to hear more about what the Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers team can do for you and your family.
For a free legal consultation with a teen driving accident lawyer serving Meaux, call (337) 777-7777
Louisiana’s Graduated Licensing Program
Because state lawmakers recognize the dangers that teen drivers present, the Louisiana Department of Public Safety has implemented the Louisiana Graduated Licensing Program. Under this program, there are greater restrictions put on younger drivers, which are slowly eased as they get older and gain more driving experience. If a young driver caused your accident while in violation of this program, they could be penalized.
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How We Can Help with Your Case
Our Meaux teen driving accident lawyers understand how traumatizing it can be to get in a serious accident. The moments after a car accident may have been very traumatizing and confusing, but we are here to help ease your burden and handle the logistics of your accident claim while you focus on your medical recovery.
Our team can help by:
- Investigating your accident and preserving evidence before it is gone
- Making requests for evidence that help support findings of liability against the other driver and damages in your case
- Investigating the at-fault driver’s driving history
- Identifying all potential sources of compensation to cover your damages
- Handling communications with the insurance company
- Advising you of your rights and making suggestions about how to proceed with your claim
- Hiring expert witnesses to explain your medical injuries, when necessary
- Negotiating for a fair settlement on your behalf
Why You Should Not Hesitate to Call Us
Because you have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit before your case is time-barred due to the statute of limitations in Louisiana, do not hesitate to speak with a personal injury lawyer for help with your claim. You may not be able to seek compensation at all if this timeline runs out before you file or complete your lawsuit.
You may not even know at this point is you will end up filing a lawsuit. You can work with a lawyer to file an insurance settlement. Your lawyer will negotiate for compensation via this route. If they cannot get the insurance company to pay you a fair amount for your losses, you may have to file a lawsuit.
There is always a chance that the other party settles in pre-trial negotiations. However, if they do not, we are ready to represent you at trial.
The Insurance Company May Not Have Your Best Interests in Mind
Your lawyer can act as a shield between you and any insurance companies who want to disturb your peace after your accident. Many companies are eager to settle for unfairly low amounts shortly after an accident. You may still be recovering when a claims adjuster calls you.
Do not let the insurance company convince you to take their initial offer. Let us explore your losses to determine how much money you may need to support yourself and your family into the future. You may need physical therapy for years. Wait until we know about your recovery expectations.
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Call Us Today to Learn More About Your Claim
If you or your loved one was injured by a negligent teen driver, the Meaux teen driving accident lawyers from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers are here to help. We work on a contingency-fee basis, so you do not pay any upfront fees unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf.
We proudly represent clients throughout Catahoula, Alexandria, Lafayette, and surrounding areas. Call us today at (337) 777-7777 for your free case consultation. We also represent client who suffered the following kinds of accidents:
- Truck accidents
- Maritime accidents
- Product liability injuries
- Dog bite injuries
- Injuries due to defective devices
- Premises liability accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Wrongful deaths