Pedestrians do not have anything to protect them when they are struck by cars. When people are hit by cars, they have a higher risk of suffering serious injuries or being killed. Louisiana has been ranked as the third most dangerous state in the country for pedestrian accidents, and many of those accidents happen in the New Orleans and Metairie area. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident or have lost a loved one who was struck by a car, it is crucial for you to get help from a pedestrian accident lawyer in New Orleans. We are able to use our legal knowledge and skills to help our clients to recover compensation for the losses that they have suffered because of the pedestrian accidents in which they or their loved ones were involved.
How common are pedestrian accidents in the New Orleans area?
Pedestrian accidents have been increasing across Louisiana and the rest of the U.S. According to the Louisiana Department of Transportation, 1,490 pedestrians were injured and 116 were killed in accidents in the state in 2017. Between 2005 and 2014, 272 pedestrians in the greater New Orleans metro area were killed.
Common injuries in pedestrian accidents
Pedestrians are especially vulnerable to accidents because they are not protected by the cabs that surround and protect motor vehicle occupants. This means that they are likely to suffer serious injuries, including some that may have lasting impacts on their lives. Some of the common injuries that may happen in pedestrian accidents include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Crushing and dragging injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Multiple fractures
- Internal injuries
- Serious lacerations
- Contusions and sprains
Depending on the speed of the vehicle at the time of the accident, the injuries may be much more severe. Some people may suffer permanent disabilities after being injured in pedestrian accidents, including paraplegia, quadriplegia, brain damage and others that leave them unable to take care of their basic needs without help from others.
Why it is important to contact a pedestrian accident lawyer New Orleans
Being injured in a pedestrian accident or losing a loved one can be devastating. It is important for you to contact a pedestrian accident lawyer in New Orleans as soon as possible after the accident happened. An attorney may conduct a thorough investigation and work to secure important evidence before it is lost. As more time passes, witnesses who saw what happened may disappear and other evidence may be destroyed.
Attorneys are also familiar with the strategies that insurance companies use in an attempt to avoid having to pay claims. In pedestrian accidents, it is common for insurance companies to blame the pedestrians and to dispute liability. Attorneys are aware of the strategies that insurance companies use and can work to build the strongest possible case that clearly shows the liability of the driver for you. This may lead the insurance company to agree to settle your claim for a fair amount short of going to trial. A skilled attorney in New Orleans may decide to take your case to a jury if the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement to you.
Getting help from an attorney early can help to preserve the evidence so that your case may be stronger. The attorney may then use the evidence that he or she has gathered to negotiate with the insurance company in an effort to secure the highest settlement amount possible so that your losses may be covered. Contact our firm today for a free consultation so that you might be able to protect your rights.