Need an Injury Lawyer for a Louisiana Pedestrian Accident?
In Louisiana, like every other state across America, drivers owe pedestrians a duty of care. This is due to the fact that pedestrians are the most vulnerable parties on our roadways for many reasons, much like bicycle and motorcycle riders. Every day, handfuls of pedestrians will be killed and much more injured in these very serious accidents that risk lives. As a pedestrian, the last thing you should have to worry about is a driver who wasn’t watching out for you. However, very unfortunately, this becomes a reality for pedestrians every year who lose their lives or suffer life-threatening injuries due to the negligence of others.
Louisiana is a southern state, which means that it is an area for many tourists. With more pedestrians walking on the streets and an influx of motor vehicle drivers, you see many more accidents than states where there is less traffic. Many pedestrian accidents happen for very specific reasons, with some of the most common stemming from left-hand turns that occur at intersections. When these terrible accidents occur, pedestrians may be left with very little in the way of options. Drivers must watch out closely for pedestrians at any cost. When you have been injured in one of these serious accidents, you may wonder how you can be compensated. We are here for you.
How These Accidents Can Be Prevented
Pedestrians sometimes come out of nowhere (seemingly). This is why every state tells drivers that pedestrians have the right of way because drivers must always stay aware of pedestrians on the roadways to the best of their ability. This means that they must owe them the highest duty of care because they are not offered the same protections as drivers. Here are some ways that drivers can help prevent the many pedestrian-related accidents that occur each year:
- Staying aware of surroundings at all times, as well as distractions within the vehicle that take eyes away from the roads
- Being careful to avoid anybody who is walking, on a bike, skateboard, or susceptible to injury-causing accidents
- Looking out for pedestrians at intersections
- Watching to see if pedestrians are walking with headphones or talking on the phone, which means that they could be more susceptible to walking out into traffic while distracted
- Paying close attention to children and elderly as they cross the street
- Giving pedestrians the right of way as often as possible
Recovering Damages and Proving Liability
When you can show that a party acted negligently in your accident, you may be able to recover compensation that you deserve in your time of need. When a driver violates a safety law, it could lead to a lawsuit when the pedestrian is able to show that the driver was driving negligently. Many pedestrian-related accidents that occur every year are the result of a negligent driver who was not watching out for pedestrians. This means that a driver could be held liable for any injuries that result.
If a driver has hit you, you may be suffering emotionally, physically, and financially. Perhaps you have sustained permanent injuries that will follow you through life. We want to help you compensate for aspects like medical bill payments as the bills keep adding up, emotional suffering as you relive the trauma of your accident, and lost wages when you have had to spend time away from work while you recover or suffer from the permanent disability. Luckily, help is right around the corner. Have you been injured in a Louisiana pedestrian accident? We are here for you.