If you or a loved one suffered injuries when a careless or reckless driver struck you, one of our New Orleans pedestrian accident injury lawyers can assess your legal options and discuss how we may pursue and recover financial compensation for you. When negligent drivers cause those walking across or along roads to suffer catastrophic injuries, they can be held legally responsible, just like if they caused a car crash.
Our personal injury lawyers handle these cases regularly. We can develop claims based on traffic accident injuries and pedestrian fatalities. Contact us today to get started with a free case review.
Negligence and New Orleans Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Negligence can happen in countless ways. Louisiana law defines negligence as “conduct by an individual, business, or government entity that is unreasonable under the circumstances and that causes harm.” You are entitled to compensation if you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Negligent conduct causes pedestrian accidents every day. Pedestrian accidents can be anything from a vehicle hitting a person to unsafe conditions outside a building. If you have been injured, call our pedestrian accident lawyers in New Orleans to protect your right to seek fair compensation and justice.
When a pedestrian is struck by a car, they frequently sustain lasting injuries. Some common injuries in these cases include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Other head injuries
- Internal injuries
- Pelvic injuries
Victims often require extensive medical treatment and experience loss of income, pain and suffering, and other expenses and costs. Holding the liable party accountable and pursuing an insurance payout allows them to recover money to help with these bills. Our legal team knows what it takes to recover fair compensation and get justice for our clients.
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What Is a Pedestrian Accident?
Pedestrian accidents occur when you are injured while walking on foot by a negligent driver. These accidents occur because of distracted driving, ignoring a traffic signal, being under the influence of alcohol, and making careless mistakes behind the wheel. Our lawyers know how to identify the at-fault driver and hold the responsible parties liable for their actions through their insurance carrier or a personal injury lawsuit.
Pedestrian accidents can happen when you are hit by a truck or car, but they can also occur in non-vehicular pedestrian accidents. If a negligent property owner injured you because you slipped and fell while walking, you can file a premises liability claim.
What Should You Do After a Pedestrian Accident?
Never leave the scene of the accident. Even a minor incident can result in a terrible injury. Stay at the scene of the accident to get medical care immediately, file a report with the police, and gather all the information you need to make your case.
Call the Police
A police officer will gather information and create a legitimate record of the incident. Make sure to obtain all police reports for your records. The police report can help prove liability in your claim, along with other evidence. We can also request an accident report if we represent you in your case.
Even though you will have a police report, you’ll want to make sure you’re covering all the bases after a car wreck. If your injuries allow, obtain at least the following in the aftermath of a crash:
- Names and contact information from all parties involved
- Driver’s license and license plate numbers from all parties involved
- Names and contact information of any witnesses
If possible, take pictures of your injuries and the location of the accident. You can never have enough photos because they may reveal details that can help prove fault.
See a Doctor
If you are hurt, a licensed medical practitioner can properly document your injuries. Even relatively minor accidents can cause severe injuries, requiring hospitalization, doctor’s visits, physical therapy, and even surgery. It is a good idea to see a doctor promptly after any traffic incident because some injuries are not immediately evident.
Even if you do not feel like you need an ambulance or a trip to the nearest trauma center or emergency department, consider going to a walk-in clinic, urgent care, or your family doctor if you have any pain, swelling, bruising, or other indications of an issue.
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What If My Loved One Died in a Pedestrian Accident?
If you had a loved one die in a pedestrian accident, you may not be able to get the evidence you need on your own. A personal injury lawyer is even more important in pedestrian crash cases where there were traffic fatalities.
We will do the necessary research, like going to the New Orleans Police Department and obtaining an accident report. Gathering evidence on your own takes a lot of time and know-how, and it is difficult to do while you’re grieving. Our lawyers have the knowledge, experience, and financial resources necessary to develop a compelling case.
What Can I Claim in a Pedestrian Accident?
Compensation isn’t just for the cost of your injuries and property. You may be eligible for other damages like pain and suffering, lost wages, and other expenses related to your injuries.
Your pedestrian accident lawyer will study the evidence and see which types of damages may apply to your situation. You may get more than you think. If possible, collect all related bills, receipts, and other relevant paperwork beginning on the day of the accident. This will make it easier for our team to document your recoverable damages.
Call Morris Bart for a Free Pedestrian Accident Consultation
You may not be properly compensated for your injuries if you do not involve a legal professional who can advocate for you when dealing with the at-fault party’s insurance company. A pedestrian accident lawyer will fight for your rights.
Morris Bart law firm is one of the country’s largest personal injury law firms. We have the experience and resources to win your case. Our attorneys offer valuable and necessary legal advice, assist you with your claim, and protect your rights.
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