Nearly every day in Louisiana someone is hurt or killed in a pedestrian or bicycle versus automobile accident. In a wreck with a car or truck, pedestrians and bicyclists do not stand a chance. Unfortunately, with the addition of increasingly popular walking and bike paths, these incidents are becoming more and more frequent.
Covington Area Pedestrians and Bicyclists Have Rights
Louisiana law requires that motorists take extra precautions when driving around walking and bike paths. Motorists must also yield to pedestrians and bicyclists in a variety of situations. For instance, when traffic-control signals are not in place, the driver of a vehicle must stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway. Also, the law requires that vehicle drivers exercise due care in avoiding collisions with pedestrians.
Similarly, the driver of a vehicle may pass a bicycle proceeding in the same direction only when it is safe to do so and must always maintain a safe distance between the vehicle and the bike.
Pedestrians And Bicyclists Are At A Heightened Risk of Death or Serious Injury
Because they are exposed, pedestrians and bicyclists often suffer severe injuries or even death when struck by a vehicle. Injuries can be catastrophic, and include:
- Severe Brain Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Neck Injuries
- Back Injuries
Children are at a heightened risk of being involved in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. This is because drivers often speed and simply don't pay attention to pedestrians or bicycles. One need only watch cars zooming around a subdivision to understand the dangers.
We represent pedestrians and bicyclists: Our law firm has experience representing pedestrians and bicyclists who have been victims of car wrecks. Our clients have included children sideswiped by cars and bicyclists who were clipped by cars driving too close and not respecting bike paths. It is important to hire an experienced pedestrian or bike accident injury attorney. As soon as we are hired, we get to work gathering evidence, including police reports, photographs, and witness statements. In some cases, we hire an accident reconstruction expert to help show how the accident occurred. We handle every step of a pedestrian or bicycle accident case, from state to finish. Our clients never have to talk to an insurance adjuster.
Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Bicycle Or Pedestrian Accident?
If you've been hurt in a pedestrian or bicycle accident you need to speak with an experienced pedestrian injury lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help families throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.