An Experienced New Orleans Pedestrian Injury Attorney
The classic admonition to "share the road" does not apply only to cars and bicycles. As a pedestrian, you also have the right to safe enjoyment of the roadways. If a motorist in a heavy vehicle strikes you, a defenseless pedestrian, the results can be catastrophic both physically and financially.
In Louisiana when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, they can typically collect a settlement to cover expenses from the driver's liability insurance coverage. When an injured person tries to settle with an insurance company or third party directly, it is unlikely that they will be able to reach a settlement that compensates them fully for their injuries and the pain and suffering they have experienced. It is recommended that auto-pedestrian accident victims contact an experienced Louisiana accident attorney, to prepare and negotiate their settlement with the insurance company involved, for the best results.
As an experienced pedestrian accident attorney and Harvard Law Graduate, Brandon J. Venegas has the experience to assist you in deciding when it is best to litigate or to settle out of court.
Who’s At Fault? The Anatomy of an Automobile-Pedestrian Accident
While no one ever intends for an accident to occur, most are caused by some form of negligence. The right to use the roads carries with it an obligation for all parties involved to observe the rules and take reasonable precautions to avoid collisions.
Pedestrians must certainly exercise caution, but drivers have the added responsibility of maintaining control of their vehicle.
Actions that constitute negligence can include:
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk
Moving violations such as speeding, running a red light or an illegal turn
Distracted driving, such as texting or talking on a cell phone
Negligence can sometimes be attributed to a third party, such as an entity charged with road maintenance.
Contributory factors can include:
Malfunctioning traffic lights
Potholes or other road damage
Missing or improper signage
Obstructions, such as construction equipment or illegally parked cars
Dealing with the Aftermath of an Auto-Pedestrian Accident – We Take Away the Stress of Court Details or a Settlement
In the moments immediately following an auto-pedestrian collision, obtaining medical attention is the primary concern. Afterwards begins the difficult and often protracted process of determining liability and pursuing appropriate compensation. When you work with the Venegas Law Firm, in many cases, we will even help to pay medical expenses for you when we take on your case; to alleviate the financial burden accidents of this nature cause.
It is important to know that drivers in Louisiana are required to carry liability insurance so they are covered financially in case of an accident. Reputable entities that may be involved as a third party in an accident should also have insurance in place to cover the cost of accidents for which they are deemed responsible.
Unfortunately, whether you're dealing with insurance companies or third parties themselves, assignment of liability can be met with resistance. The other side may attempt to deflect responsibility onto you or another party to avoid paying compensation. In some cases, it may be necessary to take the claim to the courtroom in order to receive a fair settlement.
This all takes place during a time when you should be focused on recovery. Navigating the winding road toward financial resolution burdens you with additional stress. The assistance of an experienced pedestrian injury attorney like the Venegas Law Firm, who can capably represent your interests, releases you from worry and allows you to concentrate on regaining your health.
What Constitutes Appropriate Compensation for An Auto-Pedestrian Accident Claim? Legal Experience Makes the Difference in What You Receive
When a pedestrian is struck by a car, the resulting injuries are usually severe, meaning treatment often continues well beyond the initial emergency care. Increasing expenses mount to a total that is well beyond the reach of most people.
What you may not realize is that you are also entitled to compensation for pain and suffering caused by the accident. It's unlikely that you have the knowledge and experience to determine a fair amount of compensation for your distress. A Louisiana pedestrian injury attorney, like Brandon Venegas, is well-qualified to evaluate your situation, determine an appropriate amount and aggressively pursue litigation or out of court settlement.
Brandon Venegas, Founder of the Venegas Law Firm, is a Harvard trained lawyer who is an experienced pedestrian injury attorney in the New Orleans, Louisiana area. He has a passion for helping individuals victimized by negligence.
When you call, Brandon will listen to the facts regarding your accident and provide a knowledgeable evaluation along with a recommended course of action. Call us at 504-841-0014 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.
Put the “Venegas Tiger” on your side to fight for your rights and to receive fair compensation for your expenses, pain and suffering.