The person whose negligent actions caused the collision is generally at fault in a pedestrian accident in Louisiana. When the at-fault driver in your accident bears responsibility, we can help you compile the evidence to prove it, determine the financial value of your case, and handle settlement negotiations.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics for 2017, approximately 137,000 pedestrians were injured in accidents. An additional 6,000 fatalities were recorded. If you or someone you love was injured in a collision, we can help you build a strong case for compensation. The at-fault driver could be responsible for the cost of your medical treatments, income losses, pain and suffering, and other accident-related damages.
Evidence That Can Help Identify the At-Fault Party
Your case file will tell the story of your accident. It will contain your medical records, salary history, and other evidence that our team can use to prove the financial impact of the collision and your resulting injuries. We will also collect:
- The car accident report
- Witness statements
- Photos and videos
The car accident report, in particular, can contain a wealth of information about the collision. In addition to the at-fault party’s identity, this document can tell us what the weather and road conditions were like, how to contact witnesses, and the responding officer’s interpretation of the scene. It is also dated, which can help us ensure we meet the statute of limitations when filing your lawsuit.
Damages You Can Recover in a Settlement
A personal injury claim or lawsuit can allow you to recover various damages that the collision and your injuries caused. Most personal injury cases resolve with a settlement and never have to go to court.
When you choose our firm, we can help you identify and calculate your damages, which may include:
- Injury-related medical care
- Injury-related loss of income
- Property damage or destruction
- Physical disfigurement
- Mental distress
- Emotional trauma
We can also help you understand and evaluate the value of your injury-related pain and suffering.
If you lost a loved one to a pedestrian accident, we could request compensation for their funeral and burial costs, the loss of their guidance and companionship, and other wrongful death damages.
Pedestrian Accident Timeline
Louisiana has one of the country’s shortest statutes of limitations, which means you don’t have long to file a lawsuit for your injuries or the loss of a loved one. It’s critical to file before this deadline passes, as you can lose your right to seek damages from the liable party. When the filing window begins depends on the type of case:
- Injury: Under CC Art. 3492, generally one year from the accident date
- Wrongful death: Under CC Art. 2315.2, generally one year from the date of passing
In addition to building your case for you, we also make sure it is protected by filing your lawsuit before the allotted time expires. Our attorneys also investigate the accident scene, interview witnesses, and negotiate an appropriate monetary settlement.
For a free legal consultation, call (337) 777-7777
How We Handle Negotiations for You
Settlement negotiations are complex and can be time-consuming. When our firm represents you, we will work hard to assign an accurate value to your case and steer the settlement process toward that number. You also play an important role in the settlement process since the final decision to accept or decline is yours. To ensure your case has the best possible outcome, we will:
- Assign an accurate value to your case
- Weigh the pros and cons of each offer
- Represent you in court, if necessary
To guide the resolution of your case toward a financial settlement, we compile the available evidence and present it to the at-fault driver’s insurance representative. The strength of this evidence could help us avoid a lengthy court case.
Client Satisfaction Is Always Our Goal
When we represent you, our goal is to fight for a monetary settlement that meets your current and ongoing needs. Clients we have won settlements for in the past say:
- “I know they heard and understood what I was going through. My calls and texts were returned and everything was explained clearly to me. If I had to do it over I would do the same thing and choose them to help me.” – Geo Moore
- “I would highly recommend this firm. Such a pleasure to work with.” – Kori Peeters
- “They helped me when the other party’s insurance wouldn’t answer my calls! They got the job done and efficiently!” – Lacey Mcdonald
You can find out more about how we resolve injury cases for our clients on our testimonials page.
Get a Review of Your Case at No Cost
Were you or someone you love recently injured in a pedestrian accident in Louisiana? Our personal injury team can help you prove who was at fault and build your case for compensation. Learn more by calling one team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today. Our consultations are free, and you pay nothing up front for our representation: (337) 777-7777.
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