If you or a loved one has been injured by a driver who exceeded the posted speed limit in Decatur, causing an accident, our lawyer may be able to help you recover compensation for your losses.
At Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, we serve injured victims of negligence in Decatur, helping them recover damages for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Types of Damages in Speeding Accidents
You can recover two main types of damages through a claim or lawsuit: economic damages and non-economic damages.
These are compensatory damages that are meant to cover your financial losses due to your accident and injuries. This can include your medical bills, lost wages, and out-of-pocket expenses. Your medical bills include both past expenses, and the cost of ongoing care you may need, including medication, surgeries, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and psychological services.
If your injuries prevent you from working in the future, you can also recover economic damages for your lost earning potential. If your injuries limit the work you can do, decreasing your wage, you can recover damages for this gap in your income that would not have existed if not for the negligent driver.
If you lost a loved one to a speeding driver, you can recover economic damages for your loved one’s medical bills, lost wages, and lost future earnings. You can also recover economic damages for their burial and funeral costs.
Non-economic damages are meant to compensate you for the intangible harms caused by the accident. This includes the physical pain, mental suffering, and loss of life enjoyment that comes with serious injuries.
If you lost your loved one, you can recover non-economic damages as well. You can seek these damages for your loved one’s pain and suffering in the time between the accident and their death, as well as for your own suffering caused by their loss.
Our lawyer serving Decatur can review the specifics of your case and give you a better idea of what damages you could expect to recover in an accident involving someone exceeding the posted speed limit.
How Bader Scott Injury Lawyers will Fight for Your Best Interests
In order to recover damages for you, our firm’s lawyer will need to prove that your case meets the following criteria:
- Duty of care
- Breach of duty
- Recoverable damages
We will prove this by investigating the circumstances surrounding your accident, collecting evidence to prove liability, and fighting for the compensation you are owed. This may mean negotiating with insurance companies, taking the case to trial, or both.
Duty of Care
A duty of care is the responsibility other drivers on the road owe you to behave in a reasonably safe way. Our lawyer will prove you were owed this duty, and therefore, can seek compensation when you are injured because the duty is breached.
Breach of the Duty of Care
In order to prove that the duty of care was breached, your lawyer will then show that the negligent driver failed to behave with the reasonable prudence others would demonstrate in similar circumstances. This is often done by presenting evidence of negligent driving behaviors such as the following:
- Drunk driving
- Drug-impaired driving
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Aggressive driving
Drivers with lowered inhibitions and dulled decision-making skills may be more likely to decide to speed. Distracted or drowsy drivers may not even notice the posted speed limit.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding is inherently an aggressive driving behavior. It may also be more common in cases of road rage, weaving in traffic, tailgating, and other forms of aggressive driving.
Any of these negligent driving behaviors could have contributed to the other driver traveling above the posted speed limit, putting you and your loved ones in danger.
Once your lawyer has established that the liable driver breached the duty of care they owed you through a negligent act or omission, they will present evidence that this negligence caused the accident.
Helpful evidence that can prove causation can include:
- Witness statements
- Video footage
- Medical records
- Police reports
Our lawyer can uncover this evidence by investigating your case.
Finally, to win compensation for you, we will prove this accident resulted in losses for which you can be compensated. As the Legal Information Institute (LII) explains, these are called “damages.”
Your lawyer can prove your losses through evidence such as medical records, testimony from your healthcare providers, receipts, and witness statements.
This is why it is important to seek medical attention after an accident. Not only do you receive the medical care you need, but also you begin a paper trail that links your injuries to your accident. This can later be helpful to your legal case.
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers is Ready to Fight for Your Rights
At Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, we are ready to get to work fighting for your rights and safeguarding your best interests. We are just one phone call away.
Statute of Limitations
According to OCGA §9-3-33, the statute of limitations for bringing any personal injury lawsuit in Georgia is usually two years from the time of the incident. However, there may be exceptions to this rule. To learn if your case is still within the statute of limitations, consult with our attorney to discuss your options for pursuing compensation.
Call Us Today for Your Free Case Evaluation
To receive your free consultation with a member of our team, and to learn more about how a Decatur lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyer can help you, call us today at (404) 888-8888.
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