Louisiana Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
We Fight for Your Compensation to Make Our Roads a Safer Place
Because of the health and environmental benefits, more and more people are electing to walk from place to place whenever possible. Although it seems like a much safer alternative to driving or even riding a bicycle, statistics show otherwise. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) recorded for 2013 that of all transportation fatalities, 14% were pedestrians.
Whether this increase in pedestrian fatalities is related to the growing decision to walk or related to drivers’ widespread inconsideration of them is hard to say. In either case, our personal injury team at Arnold & Itkin believes that it is the responsibility of commercial and passenger drivers alike to prioritize pedestrian safety, as they are more vulnerable to dramatic injury than those in motor vehicles.
National Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Overall, these statistics suggest that walking is no longer the safe choice of transportation that it once was. Additionally, few traffic adjustments are being to prevent these fatalities. Sidewalks and crosswalks have existed for quite some time, but pedestrians using these are still falling victim to negligent driving, while it be a while before we see any real reinvention of pedestrian traffic safety systems.
In 2013, the NHTSA found the following:
- Nearly 5,000 pedestrian fatalities were recorded by the NHTSA in 2013.
- 97 of those took place in Louisiana, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association.
- Pedestrians are 1.5 more likely to die in a traffic accident than those in motor vehicles (CDC).
- 1/5 or 20% of pedestrian fatalities occur in those 65 years of age or older.
- 1/5 or 20% of pedestrian fatalities occur in those between 5 and 15 years of age.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Because pedestrians move at a much slower rate and in a much more controllable manner, it is difficult to imagine many different scenarios wherein a pedestrian would be at fault in a collision with a motor vehicle.
The most prevalent causes of pedestrian injuries and fatalities are related to driver negligence:
- Driving through crosswalks or failing to come to a complete stop
- Driver distraction, such as texting or otherwise operating a phone
- Drivers turning right without considering pedestrians in the crosswalk
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
One cause unlisted here has to do with the way that most drivers view the road. As a driver of a passenger vehicle, most are only looking for other vehicles. This can cause a slight disability to see pedestrians, as drivers simply are not looking for them, while this is far from an excuse.
Protecting Yourself on the Road
Whether you are researching an attorney for yourself or for your loved who recently suffered an injury in a pedestrian accident, you still may want to protect yourself for the next time you are traveling on foot.
Simple ways to make yourself more visible and out of the way of motor vehicle drivers:
- Carry a flashlight at night
- If possible, try to wear bright clothing
- Only cross at crosswalks; avoid jaywalking
- Abide by road signs and wait for signals
Promoting Your Fair Compensation for Your Injuries
Our aggressive legal team has had extensive success in winning compensation for our clients in personal injury cases. In a five year period of such cases, we collectively won over $1 billion dollars. We are the team you want behind you in your fight for the compensation you deserve.
If you have suffered injuries walking down a Louisiana street, call Arnold & Itkin LLP at (888) 493-1629 to arrange your first steps toward recovering damage.