The risk of being hit by a truck, motorcycle, or car is the highest in the case of pedestrians, especially when they are in crosswalks, near a road, or on the sidewalk. It takes only a split-second of distraction on the part of a driver for a pedestrian to have their life turned upside down with devastating, life-altering injuries.
If this happens to you or a loved one, it is vital to seek legal counsel from a committed Lafayette pedestrian accident lawyer immediately. They can help you determine your next steps so that you can move forward. You can learn more about your rights and options for compensation during a free case review with our team.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you have injuries from an accident, you are likely facing medical bills and other expenses. Hiring a lawyer from our team for your pedestrian accident case may seem like another financial burden, but it does not have to be. Victims sometimes view cost as a barrier to hiring legal representation, and as a result, many people don’t pursue their cases. At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, we understand this concern, so our lawyers work on contingency.
We start work on a client’s case without upfront fees or costs. We also will work on the case and won’t accept payment unless we secure a settlement or court award for our client. If we win the client’s case, we take our payment from their award at that time. If not, then we do not charge them a fee. Contingency agreements allow us to work together toward the goal of getting compensation for you.
We Can Help You Seek Damages in Your Lafayette Pedestrian Accident
We can help you seek compensation for your injuries and other damages you suffered in your accident. Injuries in pedestrian accidents can range in severity, requiring varying levels of treatment.
Common damages in these cases include:
- Medical expenses (past, present, and ongoing)
- Rehabilitation costs (physical therapy, occupational therapy)
- Lost wages from missing work
- Lost or reduced earning ability, income
- Permanent disabilities
- Pain and suffering
Wrongful death benefits
If your loved one died from their injuries from a pedestrian accident, please accept our condolences. We can help you recover compensation for damages on their behalf, such as their:
- Final medical expenses (paid and unpaid)
- Funeral and burial or cremation costs.
- Pain and suffering they faced
- Loss of companionship
Get Prompt Medical Help After Your Accident, Then Consider Hiring Legal Help
Seeking medical care after a pedestrian accident is essential. However, it is also important to speak to a knowledgeable Lafayette pedestrian accident lawyer who can help assert a pedestrian’s rights. Our lawyer can review documentation of your injuries and evidence to determine if you have a case. We will evaluate your monetary and non-monetary losses to establish a value for your case.
We will then advocate for you to insurers, who may try to get you to accept a lower settlement or not offer you one at all. We can negotiate a favorable outcome for you. If that does not happen, we could move forward with an injury lawsuit to seek compensation from the court.
How We Determine Fault in Lafayette Pedestrian Accidents
Our injury lawyer will also need to prove who is responsible for your accident. Irrespective of whether someone was hit while jogging along a sidewalk or walking in a crosswalk, a Lafayette car accident lawyer can carry out a thorough investigation to find out what exactly happened. This process is aimed at determining where the fault lies—and gathering the evidence to support it.
Many times, negligent drivers cause pedestrian accidents. Unsafe driving practices that often result in pedestrian accidents include:
- Texting when driving
- Failure to halt at a stop sign or red light
- Drunk driving
- Breaching school zone and school bus restrictions
How Shared Fault Works
An individual who has sustained an injury in a pedestrian accident may be shocked to hear that the other party is claiming they contributed to their own injuries. In fact, arguments that the injured individual is partially at fault are not uncommon. For example, a negligent driver may claim that the pedestrian stumbled out into the path of the vehicle or that the victim was distracted by their cell phone at the time of the accident. If successful, an argument of comparative fault could impact an injured party’s financial recovery.
In Louisiana, an injured party who is partially at fault may still recover damages, subject to a reduction. The percentage of fault that the victim bears is important. For example, if they were 20% responsible for the accident, then they may face a 20% reduction in the damages they can recover. With legal representation from a pedestrian accident attorney in Iberia Parish, victims could prepare to refute the defendant’s arguments of comparative fault and fight for maximum compensation.
What If You are the Victim of a Hit-and-Run Accident?
If you suffered injuries in an accident where the driver hit you and left the scene, we could try to locate the driver if you remember the vehicle’s license plate number. Witnesses may also have this information or other tips that could help. We can also use the police report to try to locate the driver.
We can also present this document and others to you and file a claim with your auto insurance company if you have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage and handle those negotiations for you.
Statute of Limitations for Filing a Claim
Pedestrian accident lawsuits are subject to a strict filing deadline, known as the statute of limitations or prescriptive period. In Louisiana, individuals who sustain an injury in a pedestrian accident have only one year from the accident date to file a personal injury lawsuit, per CC §3492. If you are filing a wrongful death action, you have one year from the person’s date of death.
One year can pass quickly while negotiations and investigations of a claim are ongoing. Missing the filing deadline could mean that an injured party loses the right to recover damages. Since there are many case-specific factors that can affect the filing deadline, getting the advice of a pedestrian accident lawyer in Iberia Parish could be helpful.
Although not all pedestrian accident cases end up in litigation, it is important to be aware of the deadline in case filing a lawsuit becomes necessary.
Let a Lafayette Pedestrian Accident Attorney Help You Today
We want to help you seek the compensation you need to help you recover from your accident. Having a dedicated Lafayette pedestrian accident lawyer on your side can be very useful in claiming the compensation you deserve so you can move on with your life. Call today to learn more at (337) 777-7777.