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Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian Accidents

According to Louisiana Revised Statute 32:212, “the driver of a vehicle shall stop and yield the right-of-way, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or the roadway onto which the vehicle is turning.” If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident call our law offices at (337) 480-0101. Sudduth & Associates provides legal help for pedestrian accidents in all areas of Louisiana including Lake Charles, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Shreveport, the City and Parish of Cameron, Allen Parish, Beauregard Parish, the City of DeRidder, Jeff Davis Parish, the City of Jennings and New Orleans.

Pedestrian Accident Attorney Lake Charles LA

Pedestrian Accident Attorney Lake Charles LA

Pedestrian injuries may include, but are not limited to, fractured bones, traumatic brain injuries, internal organ damage, broken bones, cuts and scrapes, internal and external bleeding. Causes of pedestrian accident may include, but are not limited to, drunk driving, running a stop sign or red light, hit and run, making a right turn against a red light without checking, failing to yield right-of-way at crosswalks, speeding, distracted driving including use of cell phone, poor maintenance to roads and crosswalks, sidewalk or parking lot defects, construction or other debris on walkways, disobeying traffic signs or signals, failing to signal while turning, disregarding weather or traffic conditions and/or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

A pedestrian must exercise reasonable care for his/her own safety. Use reasonable care to avoid danger. Anticipate the consequences of your actions. Contributory negligence can be assessed against a pedestrian if the pedestrian ignored the walk signal at an intersection, entered traffic and disrupted the flow, failed to use marked crosswalks or darted in front of a vehicle. However, more than one party may be responsible for the accident. The parties responsible include: the driver of the vehicle that struck a pedestrian, the party responsible for maintaining the sidewalk, road or parking lot and/or the pedestrian himself or herself.

In Louisiana a pedestrian may recover damages for the injuries caused by someone else’s negligence that caused or contributed to the accident or injuries. The pedestrian may recover damages if the defendant (person whom caused injury or harm) failed to do or not do something that a responsible person in a similar situation would have done. Negligence is established through proof that the defendant is at fault, owes a legal duty to the plaintiff (injured person) under the circumstances, failed to fulfill that legal duty through action or inaction, and caused an accident or injury involving the plaintiff or harmed/injured the plaintiff as a result.

Most pedestrian accidents occur during the night, and children are at high risk of being involved in these accidents. Children between the ages of 5 and 9 are at the greatest risk of being hit by a vehicle. Children are at such a high risk of injury and harm because they are smaller, less visible and their actions are typically less predictable than an adult. The law imposes a higher duty of care on drivers when they are driving by schools, parks and residential areas.

If you are someone you know are involved in a pedestrian accident, call the police immediately, do not leave the scene of the accident before help arrives, gather names and phone numbers of any witnesses and do not make any statements to anyone, including drivers and insurers. Most of all, if you or your loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident in Louisiana, call The Name You Know, Attorneys You Trust at Sudduth & Associates. You can get the help you need and deserve at (337) 480-0101. Sudduth & Associates specializes in personal injury.

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