Reckless driving is a selfish and negligent behavior that can imperil other road users.
If a reckless driver injured you in St. Charles Parish, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers might be able to help. A St. Charles Parish reckless driving accident lawyer from our firm might be able to coordinate your personal injury case and fight for compensation on your behalf.
The potentially recoverable damages in your case may include accident-related medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers believes in holding reckless drivers responsible for their actions. For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call us today at (504) 777-7777.
Reckless Driving and Liability
Reckless driving is a phrase for a group of negligent and illegal driving behaviors that endanger other road users.
In Louisiana, ‘reckless operation of a vehicle’ makes driving in a “criminally negligent or reckless manner” illegal under Louisiana Revised Statutes (RS) §14:99. ‘Careless operation’ is a similar law under RS §32:58 that makes it illegal to drive in a careless way that endangers others.
Even without a criminal charge against the responsible driver, they may be liable for your accident if they caused it due to one of the following reckless driving behaviors:
- Aggressive lane changes that do not leave a safe space between cars
- Not using a turn signal
- Changing lanes or passing where it is illegal to do so
- Refusing to yield the right of way to another driver
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Another violation of traffic law
For a free legal consultation with a reckless driving accident lawyer serving St. Charles Parish, call (337) 777-7777
Evidence in a Car Accident Case
A St. Charles Parish reckless driving accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can collect evidence of the responsible party’s liability when we represent you. This evidence may come in several forms, such as:
- A police report from the scene of the accident
- Photos or videos of the accident, your injuries, or damage to the vehicles
- Dashcam, traffic camera, or security footage of the accident, if available
- Witness statements
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
- Your medical records
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Protecting Your Rights After an Accident
The following steps may help you protect your rights and strengthen your case for compensation after a reckless driving accident:
See a Doctor
Seeing a doctor soon after your reckless driving accident can create proof in your medical record that the accident caused your injuries, not something else.
If you did not leave the accident for emergency medical treatment, it is a good idea to follow up with a doctor as soon as possible to have your injuries diagnosed and treated.
Use caution when speaking with the responsible party’s insurance company—they may be able to use statements you provide them about the accident or your injuries against you. Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can manage all communications with the insurance companies on your behalf when we represent you.
We also advise accident victims not to post about their accident or their injuries on social media. It is not uncommon for insurance companies to collect evidence from social media sites and use it to reduce or deny claims.
Make sure to keep any bills, invoices, or documents you receive connected to your accident or injuries as evidence for your potential case.
In addition to these steps, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers invites you to call our firm at (504) 777-7777 for a free, no-obligation case review with a member of our team. We can discuss your accident, your injuries, and your legal options during this call.
When You Choose to Work with Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers strives to give our clients peace of mind. When we begin to work together, our firm can explain your options, provide you with legal advice, and design a strategy for your case with your input. Then, as you focus on your recovery, a lawyer from our firm can:
- Coordinate all deadlines, paperwork, and communications in your case
- Investigate your accident for evidence of liability
- Identify your damages and estimate their value
- File your insurance claim and/or lawsuit
- Negotiate for a settlement offer
- Take your case to trial, if necessary
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers will be available to you throughout this process to answer your questions and give you updates on your case. If and when you receive a settlement offer, it will be your decision to accept or reject it, not ours.
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The Potentially Recoverable Damages in a Car Accident Case
Depending on the nature of your injuries and their impact on your life, you may be eligible to recover a wide range of damages after a reckless driving accident. These damages may include:
- Current and future medical expenses, including post-accident emergency treatment, follow-up care, therapy, and medications.
- Lost wages and benefits for the time when your injuries made you miss work
- Reduced earning capacity, if you can no longer work the same job after the accident as you did before
- Property damage for the repair or replacement of your vehicle or other damaged items
- Pain and suffering
- Other non-economic damages, such as disability, mental anguish, etc.
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You do not need to face a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit on your own. A St. Charles Parish reckless driving accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to take over the legal work in your case and fight for compensation on your behalf.
It is important to note that time is limited to sue in Louisiana. Per Civil Code (CC) §3492, there is a general one-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits. This law means that if you do not take legal action for your injuries within one year of your accident, you may lose your right to sue.
For a free, no-obligation case review with a member of our car accident team, call us today at (504) 777-7777. If you qualify, we may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis with no upfront payments required.