In 2017, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (NHTSA) reported 11,045 citations for speeding. In 2016, their records cited 173 deaths caused by speeding accidents. When drivers speed, they put every driver on the road at risk. The NHTSA lists the following dangers of speeding as:
- Loss of vehicle control
- Increased stopping distance
- Increased severity of resulting accidents
Additionally, the NHTSA notes that speeding does not always mean the at-fault driver was exceeding the posted speed limit. It may also mean they were compliant with the local speed limit but driving too fast for conditions. This driver behavior is also identified as speeding and can pose the same risks to others as exceeding the speed limit.
If you or someone you love was injured because another driver was speeding, you might have the basis of a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit. A New Orleans speeding accident lawyer might be able to help prove the cause, cost, and effect of the accident and guide you toward your compensation options. Contact a personal injury team member at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers by calling (504) 777-7777 today.
The Cost of Treating Speeding Accident Injuries
The impact of a speeding accident can leave its victims with severe injuries. Some injuries you might sustain in a speeding accident may require long-term and costly medical care. For example:
- Broken bones may require immobilization, splinting, casting, and possible surgery
- Head injuries may require treatments ranging from pain management to surgery and long-term physical and occupational therapies
- Neck injuries may require prolonged rest, pain control, muscle relaxers, and physical therapy
- Back injuries may require specialized medications, assistive medical devices, and specialized patient education and coping techniques
Your health care team will base your treatment on the degree of your injuries and prognosis. Obtaining copies of your medical records and bills may help our personal injury team assign a value to the injury portion of your compensation claim.
Because your medical care starts at the scene of the accident and does not conclude until you are fully recovered, maintaining a file of your medical records and bills can be complicated. Our team may use your medical records and bills to value your claim and determine whether you might need any ongoing and future medical care for your injuries. Your lawyer may also help you assign financial responsibility to the negligent driver.
For a free legal consultation with a speeding accident lawyer serving New Orleans, call (337) 777-7777
Seek Compensation for Your Injuries and Injury-Related Expenses
The injuries you sustain from a speeding accident can come at a high cost. Our team may be able to help prove the at-fault driver is responsible for the total cost of your accident-related medical care. To do so, we may gather evidence that demonstrates how the other driver caused your accident. This evidence may also be used to show how the accident caused your injuries and the extent of damage you incurred.
In addition to your medical care expenses, we might be able to compel compensation from the at-fault driver for:
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment
- Emotional trauma
- Property damage
Your injuries and their related expenses have a monetary value. When our team goes to work on your claim, we work hard to prove the value of each individual item and your overall claim. Once your potential claim is valued, we may begin negotiating with the at-fault driver or their insurance company for the financial compensation you might be entitled to receive.
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Get Support from Our Legal Team Right from the Start
The aftermath of a speeding accident can be stressful and frustrating. While you might need time to recover from your injuries, the law restricts the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. According to the statutory deadline set by the Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, you generally have one year to file a personal injury claim. The statutory clock starts on the day of the accident.
Missing the state-imposed deadline can be costly. It might mean you will not be able to file your lawsuit at all. If that happens, the at-fault driver might never have to compensate you for your injuries, medical treatments, or the financial expenses and losses that stem from your injuries.
Because the filing timeline is so short, the sooner you involve our legal team in your personal injury case, the more time we have to make sure your potential lawsuit meets the statute of limitations.
Our Team Can Build Your Compensation Claim One Document at a Time
A New Orleans speeding accident lawyer can help build a comprehensive case file by collecting supporting documents and evidence to prove the at-fault driver’s negligence. Your case file may include:
- Crash report: This may be used to prove the date, time, and cause of the accident.
- Medical records: These may be used to prove the severity and cost of your injuries.
- Employment records: These may be used to prove the amount of income you lost.
- Photos: These may be used to provide proof of your physical and property damage.
The items in your case file may also prove the financial impact of the accident and its impact on your personal, social, and professional life. If you want to start building a personal injury case, contact our team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers by calling (504) 777-7777 today.
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Our Team Is Committed to Fighting for Your Compensation
If you were injured in a speeding accident, you might be eligible to file a personal injury claim. A member of our legal team may help you pursue compensation from the at-fault driver.
Contact the personal injury team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers by calling (504) 777-7777 to find out how a New Orleans speeding accident lawyer may be able to help you recover from the financial aftermath of a speeding car accident.