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We Help Injured Pedestrians Seek Compensation

When you decide to go for a walk rather than drive, you probably expect to reach your destination safely. But whenever you're out on the roads, you are at the mercy of other motor vehicles and the reckless drivers behind them. In fact, thousands of people die each year after being struck by a vehicle. Pedestrian accidents occur more frequently than we think, and it is important that you contact a New Orleans pedestrian accident attorney if you have been injured.

Pedestrian accidents are typically caused by:

  • Distracted drivers
  • Drivers failing to yield the right of way
  • Drivers failing to stop at traffic lights, crosswalks, and stop signs
  • Drivers speeding
  • Driving drunk

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No matter how careful we all try to be, sometimes being alert and paying attention is simply not enough. When a negligent or irresponsible driver has caused an injury, you deserve to be compensated. At the Womac Law Firm, we can fight to help you receive every dollar you deserve, including for medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and more. We maximize each claim by taking into consideration the current and projected costs of all your injury-related expenses. This way, you will have the resources you need to cope with life after your accident.

Louisiana Pedestrian Laws

Just like motorists are required to follow applicable traffic laws, pedestrians must also follow pedestrian-specific laws when crossing intersections, walking along or near streets, and otherwise sharing the road with motor vehicles. Believe it or not, pedestrians do not always have the right of way in Louisiana. In fact, there are many instances in which people on foot are required by law to yield to oncoming traffic.

Here, we have compiled some Louisiana pedestrian laws you should be aware of:

  • Pedestrians have the right of way when crossing at marked or unmarked crosswalks or when legally crossing on a green light, “walk” signal, or another similar traffic control device
  • Pedestrians are not allowed to suddenly leave a curb or similar safe place and step into the path of an oncoming vehicle that does not have enough time/space to reasonably yield
  • Pedestrians are not permitted to walk on or along a highway when there is an adjacent sidewalk; pedestrians should always use sidewalks when available
  • Pedestrians are not allowed to cross interstate highways under any circumstances except in case of an emergency
  • Pedestrians are required to obey all traffic control devices, such as red lights, “do not walk/wait” signals, etc.
  • Pedestrians should yield the right of way to oncoming vehicles when attempting to cross a street when there is a pedestrian tunnel or overhead walkway for pedestrians
  • Pedestrians are allowed to enter a crosswalk on a “walk” (or similar) signal and continue to a place of safety when/if the signal turns to “do not walk” or “wait”

While pedestrians are required to follow these and other laws, Louisiana drivers still have a responsibility to do everything possible to avoid colliding with people on foot. Because motor vehicles are far more likely to cause immense damage to pedestrians than vice versa, motor vehicle drivers should always take precautions when sharing the road with pedestrians. If a pedestrian appears disabled, intoxicated, confused, or disoriented, motorists should be extremely cautious and keep a safe distance.

Common Injuries Resulting from Pedestrian Accidents

Unfortunately, pedestrians who are involved in collisions with motor vehicles may sustain serious to life-altering injuries. A person on foot cannot stand up to a large, heavy, fast-moving vehicle; even collisions that would be considered relatively minor had they occurred between two vehicles can have disastrous results when one of the parties involved is a pedestrian.

Some of the most common pedestrian accident injuries include:

  • Amputation
  • Burns
  • Broken bones/fractures
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ damage
  • Paralysis
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries

These and other common pedestrian accident injuries may be catastrophic in nature, and may lead to numerous significant impairments and lifelong challenges. Victims may also experience emotional and mental health problems following the accident, such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

At Womac Law Firm, our goal is to help injured pedestrians get back on their feet. We aim to do this by getting our clients the money they deserve so that they can get the medical care they need without having to worry about mounting medical bills and day-to-day expenses.

What to Do If You Are Hit by a Vehicle

If you are injured after being hit by a car, motorcycle, pickup truck, SUV, or any other vehicle, the first thing you need to do is seek professional medical treatment. Whether you need emergency care at the scene or seek medical attention on your own in the wake of the accident, be sure to get a proper professional diagnosis and follow all your doctor’s orders.

Next, we recommend that you take the following steps after the accident (to the best of your ability):

  • Document Your Damages: If you can, take pictures of the scene of the accident, as well as your injuries. Talk to any witnesses and write down or record a brief statement about what they saw and/or heard. Make sure to get witnesses’ names and contact information if possible.
  • Get the Driver’s Information: If possible, be sure to write down the driver’s name, contact information, and auto insurance information. You should also get this same information from any other involved parties if you can.
  • Avoid Discussing the Accident: We recommend that you do not talk to anyone from the driver’s insurance company without first speaking to an attorney. You should also avoid discussing the accident with your friends/family and do not post about it on social media.
  • Talk to an Attorney: One important thing you can do after the accident to protect your rights is to reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer. An attorney will be able to advise you on the next steps and work to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

If you or someone you love was recently involved in a pedestrian accident in New Orleans or the surrounding areas, reach out to our team right away to learn how we can help protect your rights. We offer free consultations and do not collect any attorneys’ fees unless we recover compensation for you.

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Ed has over three decades of experience handling claims and over 30,000 cases under his belt. Our team has seen firsthand how victims struggle financially, emotionally, and physically. Whether your pedestrian accident case involves a bus, car, truck, motorcycle or other types of motor vehicle, the Womac Law Firm will work hard to hold negligent, reckless or careless motorists accountable. No one wants to pay, someone has to make them.

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