Today about half of all Americans use walking as their primary means of travel, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Given the layout of larger cities and the relative proximity that people live to many necessities, individuals living in these heavily populated areas find themselves walking far more than their rural counterparts. However, with more people choosing to walk instead of drive, crosswalk accidents have become increasingly common, particularly in more crowded cities where drivers find themselves much more distracted than in lesser populated areas. A crosswalk accident occurs when a motor vehicle collides with a pedestrian in a crosswalk. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one, the Lafayette crosswalk accident lawyers at Broussard & David are ready to assist you. Injuries sustained as the result of a crosswalk accident can range from very minor injuries, to paralysis or even death. Tragically, approximately eleven people die every day in crosswalk accidents.
Broussard & David represents pedestrians injured in crosswalk accidents. If you or a loved one were hit by a car while crossing the street in a crosswalk, our attorneys are available to help you understand your legal rights and guide you through the oftentimes complex claims process. Based in the Lafayette area, our crosswalk accident lawyers will work to ensure that you and your family recover fair and just compensation for your injuries.
Numerous factors can contribute to a crosswalk accident. Oftentimes, it is the case that motorists are distracted while driving and fail to pay attention to the road. In such instances, crosswalk accidents can occur with the motorist being legally responsible for injuries sustained by the pedestrian. Both motorists and pedestrians have rights on the road. Motorists must maintain a proper lookout when driving. Motorists are also required to yield to pedestrians when the pedestrian has the right-of-way in a crosswalk. Even so, pedestrians similarly have a duty to pay attention to the traffic and follow laws relating to crossing the road. With Louisiana being a comparative fault state, a similarly distracted pedestrian may lose out on potential recovery if they were at fault for a crosswalk accident through their own negligence. It’s important for pedestrians to pay attention to oncoming automobiles and follow the “walk” and “don’t walk” signs.
Similarly, cities and municipalities have a duty to maintain safe and functional crosswalks. Crosswalks should be clearly marked and have properly functioning “Walk” and “Don’t walk” signs. A city or municipality that fails to maintain a safe and functional crosswalk may be legally responsible for a struck pedestrian’s injuries.
The following injuries can stem from a crosswalk accident:
- Brain damage
- Organ damage
- Bone injury
- Back injury
A pedestrian injured in a crosswalk accident and his or her family may recover compensation for the following claims:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of past and future wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Past and future physical or emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death and survival
If you or a loved one were recently injured in a crosswalk accident in the Lafayette area, the knowledgeable crosswalk accident attorneys at Broussard & David are available to analyze your legal claims.
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