New Orleans Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
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
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
not permitted to walk on or along a highway when there is an adjacent sidewalk;
pedestrians should always use sidewalks when available
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
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:
- Broken bones/fractures
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- 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
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.
email the Womac Law Firm today and let us "Put the Womac on 'Em”.
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