Pedestrian accidents are common in the New Orleans area, especially due to intoxicated drivers and tourists who do not know how to navigate the area’s roads. Pedestrians can sustain serious injuries or even be killed as a result of the careless or negligent actions of a driver. Under Louisiana law, victims of pedestrian accidents and their families can take legal action by pursuing a claim for damages.
Louisiana law protects pedestrians injured in motor vehicle collisions and ensures that they do not face financial loss or other uncompensated damages because of a dangerous driver. A New Orleans pedestrian accident lawyer can help those who have been harmed to understand their rights and take action to recover monetary compensation. Call Bloom Legal today to speak with a member of our legal team and learn more about how we can help after a pedestrian collision. You can reach us by phone at 504-599-9997 or through our website.
Who is Responsible for Pedestrian Accidents?
Drivers have a legal obligation when they get behind the wheel of their vehicle to obey safety rules and exercise reasonable care to avoid injuring other drivers and pedestrians.
Unfortunately, sometimes drivers make dangerous choices or take risky actions that result in a collision. A pedestrian accident can occur when drivers:
- Fail to see a pedestrian because they are distracted
- Cannot safely drive due to impairment by drugs or alcohol
- Speed and lose control of the vehicle or cannot stop in time
- Fail to pay careful attention behind the wheel or are drowsy
- Fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing at intersections
- Disobey stop signs or other traffic signals designed to ensure safe road crossing
In these and other situations, a pedestrian can obtain compensation for any injury that results from the driver’s actions. The pedestrian or surviving family members must prove that injury or death occurred as a direct result of the driver’s failure to fulfill his obligations.
Getting Help from a New Orleans Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Police reports, witness statements, surveillance, red light camera footage and expert testimony may all be necessary to show how a pedestrian collision occurred. An experienced New Orleans pedestrian accident lawyer at Bloom Legal can review the circumstances surrounding a pedestrian accident and help the victims or family members make a strong case for damages.
Pedestrian accident claims may be resolved outside of court if the driver’s insurer is willing to accept responsibility and makes a reasonable offer to pay the pedestrian fair compensation. Pedestrians should be compensated for treatment costs for accident injuries, lost income/wages (if the collision results in time off of work), pain and suffering and emotional distress. Wrongful death compensation is also available to family members of pedestrians who are killed. This compensation often includes payment of funeral expenses and lost companionship.
Liability for a pedestrian accident can also be resolved in court if no settlement agreement is reached. It is up to the pedestrian or the victim’s surviving family members to prove the defendant was the cause of the collision.
Bloom Legal can help with negotiating an out-of-court settlement and representing you in a personal injury or wrongful death trial. Call 504-599-9997 today to schedule a consultation with a New Orleans pedestrian accident lawyer.
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