The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that each year nearly 5,000 pedestrians die in motor vehicle related accidents, and approximately 76,000 pedestrians in 2012 suffered injuries when hit by a car or truck.
A pedestrian may recover damages for the injuries suffered if someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to the accident. A few of the most common factors contributing to driver negligence are:
- Distracted driving
- Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals
- Failing to signal while turning
- Disregarding weather or traffic conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (D.U. I.)
Car and pedestrian accidents can result in severe injuries to the pedestrian. As with all car accident lawsuits, the most important key is the ability to prove negligence and that the negligence caused injuries.
If you are the victim of a car and pedestrian accident you may be entitled to damages for medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering. Call New Orleans Personal Injury Attorney James B. Guest to schedule your FREE initial consultation TODAY: (504) 466-8266.