Monroe Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Pedestrian Accidents in Louisiana
Walking is a popular method of getting around, but Louisiana consistently remains one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians. According to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, 122 pedestrians died and another 1,398 were injured in Louisiana in 2019 (the latest year for which data are available). As of 2019, Louisiana was the fourth most dangerous state for pedestrians in the nation, with an average annual rate of 2.25 deaths per every 100,000 pedestrians.
Unfortunately, when pedestrians are struck by large, heavy vehicles, the laws of physics dictate that they are the ones who most often suffer severe bodily injuries and fatalities. If you or someone you love was hit by a car, truck, motorcycle, or another motor vehicle while walking in or near the Monroe area, our firm can help you protect your rights.
At Parker Alexander, we bring decades of legal experience to every case we handle. Our team has a record of success, having recovered millions of dollars for injured individuals and their families. With our compassionate and aggressive approach, we have earned a reputation in the community for helping those in need and fighting for the justice they deserve.
Do Pedestrians Have the Right of Way in Louisiana?
While everyone has heard the phrase “pedestrians have the right of way,” not many people realize that pedestrians also have certain responsibilities. In Louisiana, pedestrian laws dictate where people can cross streets, when pedestrians must yield to oncoming traffic, and who has the right of way in certain situations. Believe it or not, pedestrians do not always have the right of way in Louisiana.
Below are some of the responsibilities of pedestrians sharing the road with motor vehicles:
- Pedestrians must obey traffic control devices, such as “do not walk/wait” signals, red lights, stop signs, and crossing guard instructions
- Pedestrians can enter a crosswalk on a “walk” signal and continue to a place of safety when the signal changes to “do not walk” or “wait”
- Pedestrians may not enter a crosswalk when the signal has already turned to “do not walk” or “wait” before the pedestrian enters the crosswalk
- Pedestrians have the right of way in marked crosswalks, but they should utilize caution when entering crosswalks/crossing in marked crosswalks
- Pedestrians are prohibited from leaving the curb or another place of safety and moving into the path of a vehicle that is too close or moving too quickly to yield
- Pedestrians must yield to vehicles when attempting to cross a street where there is an overhead walkway or pedestrian tunnel
- Pedestrians may not solicit rides (hitchhike) or for business/employment on public roadways in Louisiana
Generally speaking, even when motorists have the right of way, they should always use caution when driving near or around pedestrians. If a pedestrian appears impaired, intoxicated, or confused, motorists are required to proceed with extreme caution and utilize all appropriate safety measures, including using their vehicles’ horns, to avoid an accident.
Compensation for Injured Pedestrians
Unfortunately, even when pedestrians follow every safety measure they can, they cannot always avoid accidents. In fact, most pedestrian accidents are caused by driver negligence. This can have devastating or even deadly consequences.
At Parker Alexander, we understand that you are likely facing life-altering bodily injuries and other immense challenges in the wake of your accident. Whether you sustained an excruciatingly painful spine injury or your loved one has suffered a debilitating brain injury, our Monroe pedestrian accident lawyers are ready to fight for maximum compensation in your case.
We help our clients seek favorable financial compensation for their damages, including but not limited to:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Current and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering, including trauma
- Rehabilitation and ongoing care costs
- Lost/reduced quality of life
- Disfigurement and inconvenience
If your loved one was tragically killed after being struck by a car or motor vehicle, we can help you determine if you have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. If so, we can help you seek justice and compensation for your losses, including medical expenses, funeral costs, and loss of love, companionship, consortium, guidance, and support.
We Are Available When You Need Us Most
Facing the aftermath of a pedestrian accident can be daunting. At Parker Alexander, we know that you need answers and guidance as you navigate the legal process. Our team of experienced attorneys and caring support staff is here for you every step of the way.
We offer same-day appointments, in person and over the phone. We are even available to come to your home or visit you in the hospital if your injuries prevent you from traveling to our office. As your personal injury team, we are here to make the process as easy as possible for you. Our goal is to reduce your stress by handling the details of your case, allowing you to focus on healing and getting back on your feet.
Call (318) 625-6262 for a free consultation. We do not collect any attorneys’ fees unless we recover compensation for you.