According to data from the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, there were 4,092 people killed and an estimated 59,000 injured in auto pedestrian accidents in 2009 alone. In this data, pedestrians are defined as anyone walking, jogging, running, hiking, sitting down, or lying down who is involved in a motor vehicle accident.
When you are injured or a loved one killed in a New Orleans auto pedestrian accident, The Lambert Firm can help you pursue compensation for your losses.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Louisiana
It’s typical for a driver who strikes a pedestrian to claim that it was the pedestrian’s fault. However, pedestrians who are involved in accidents often have the right of way, and if the pedestrian is following the rules then he or she is entitled to seek compensation for the damages caused.
Drivers often cause accidents with people on foot because of the following factors:
- Texting or talking on cell phone
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Talking to passengers
- Ignoring stop signs and signal lights
- Ignoring their surroundings
- Failing to yield at a crosswalk
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
When a motor vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the injuries are almost always severe. The size of the motor vehicle and the lack of protection for the pedestrian lead to injuries such as:
- Broken bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Partial or total paralysis
The force of the impact between a car and a person often results in the pedestrian being thrown or dragged by the car. The injuries can be catastrophic, even fatal.
Filing a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit in New Orleans
At The Lambert Firm, our New Orleans pedestrian accident lawyers draw on decades of experience and a wide network of resources to help injury victims.
For more than 35 years, our firm has handled all types of car accidents in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana. We can help you seek compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Physical therapy costs
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
Some of the injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident require long-term medical treatments and some have a life-long impact on your ability to work and enjoy your previous quality of life. The financial damage this can have for you and your family, both now and in the future, should not be your responsibility. The negligent driver who caused your injuries should be held liable for the damages he or caused.
The New Orleans pedestrian accident attorneys at The Lambert Firm will work aggressively to achieve the best possible outcome for your personal injury claim. Contact us today free initial consultation to discuss your claim and get assistance with any questions you may have. If you choose our firm to handle your case, we will not collect any fees until and unless we recover money on your behalf.