Pedestrian corridors are increasingly dangerous areas in any state. In Louisiana and many parts of the state, pedestrians are at even more risk than most. Our drivers can turn right at most intersections when the light is red. Most careful drivers take the extra time to watch for any pedestrians before turning but all too often they don’t yield like they should to people crossing. This issue is compounded when a pedestrian enters a very busy intersection in an area where there are not pedestrian control signals. This is also a consideration in areas like New Orleans that have many out of state visitors or pedestrians not familiar with the roadways. Our law firm understands this deadly mix of vehicles, trucks, and pedestrians in our community when negligence is introduced.
Our team will fight for you and your deserved rights. When exploring the vehicle to pedestrian accidents, it will be important to establish whether the driver exercised reasonable care when encountering the pedestrian. A few common factors that would suggest that they did not do this would be: Distracted by their phone or other in car distraction, speeding and failing to yield traffic signs or signals. It is just as important to understand that the same reasonable care must be taken by the pedestrian. They also have to take precautionary steps to exercise reasonable care for his or her safety. An easy example of not doing this would be to ignore the walk signal at an intersection.
In addition to vehicle-pedestrian accidents, there are many other potential pitfalls for the pedestrian when navigating our cities. Any area that has poor maintenance, parking lot issues, sidewalk inconsistencies or just littered with debris can cause an accident! Whether injured by a vehicle or a property issue, you the pedestrian may be able to recover any incurred costs as a result of someone else’s negligence. It is straightforward to understand where the negligence occurred in a vehicle to pedestrian accident but it is less clear when a pedestrian encounters negligence of a different brand. In order to help you prove negligence and that another party is at fault, our team will seek to:
- Identify if the other party failed to fulfill a legal duty through an action or inaction
- The other part caused the incident or your suffered injuries
- Harmed or caused distress of any kind
Keep in mind, that there may be multiple parties responsible for the accident. Our team of lawyers will sift through the case, your recollection of everything and seek to fill in the gaps from witnesses’ testimony. All of this information will help to understand if the owners caused this condition, if they knew it existed, failed to correct it when identified and determine the length of time the condition existed.
If you have been in any type of pedestrian accident, call us now! Our team is standing by to prepare and handle your case as a priority. We will outline your rights and whether you should obtain our help in pursuit of your case!