Statistics indicate that pedestrian accidents account for about 5,000 deaths and over 64,000 are injured annually. It has been found that a pedestrian is injured in a traffic incident every 8 minutes. Though the frequency of pedestrian accidents is more in urban areas, the magnitude of injuries is greater in rural areas due to the greater impact force caused by high speeds in such regions. It has also been seen that those under the age of 16 years are more vulnerable to be struck down by automobiles.
Pedestrian accidents can be grounds for a Louisiana personal injury lawsuit if negligence or fault can be proved. If you or a loved one has been injured in this manner, contact a qualified attorney in Louisiana to seek justice and compensation.
Negligence by drivers has been found to be the cause of most pedestrian accidents. Motorists often fail to follow the basic rules of road safety such as failure to give way to pedestrians at crosswalks, while reversing out of parking lots, going over the posted speed limit especially in residential neighborhoods, and ignoring the red light when turning.
The first thing to do in pedestrian accidents is to seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. Even if you have not been outwardly hurt, there is a chance that there may be internal injuries. After the doctor conducts a physical examination and all tests are conducted, you should keep all your medical records safely and document any changes in lifestyle that may have occurred as a result of the accident. You must also try and acquire names and contact information of people who may have witnessed the accident. Taking photographs is a good way of recording evidence which may help you later on in your lawsuit.
Victims of pedestrian accidents can claim compensation for physical injury including broken bones, spinal injuries, and head injuries. They can seek medical expenses incurred for treating the injuries caused by the accident, future medical costs of these injuries, cost of rehabilitation or physical therapy required, loss of income and any loss of earning potential, permanent disability, and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering as well as any deterioration in quality of life caused by the accident. In cases of wrongful death, punitive damages may be sought to act as a deterrent to any such incidents in the future on the part of the motorist and other motorists as well. Hitting someone in their pocket book often works.
A lawyer experienced in handling pedestrian accidents might enlist the help of engineering and accident experts to look into your case and help determine fault or negligence. A qualified attorney will be aware of all the legal procedures and local laws which will help you understand your situation better. For instance, if you were partly responsible for the accident then your recovery will be reduced proportionate to fault. There is also a statute of limitations on such lawsuits and each state will have a different time allowance.
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