FAQs On Pedestrian And Bicyclist Accidents
Bicyclists and pedestrians have little chance to avoid injury if struck by a two-ton motor vehicle. Now, you find yourself with debilitating injuries, excessive pain and suffering, growing medical bills and the inability to work. A motorist’s carelessness has led to your lengthy stay in the hospital. Now you need a seasoned personal injury attorney who can help you.
The Law Office of Desirée M. Charbonnet in New Orleans has the experience and tenacity to help you secure compensation from negligent drivers and insurance companies. Born and raised in New Orleans, Desi understands the community and its people, and wants to help you. Here is a list of FAQs related to pedestrian and bicycle accidents.
Q: What should I do immediately after a bicycle or pedestrian accident?
A: The most important thing to do if injured is to seek medical treatment. But you also should contact the police, document everything that you can related to the accident, and seek statements from witnesses. If you have a camera, take pictures of the accident scene and the driver’s license plate. Also, get any insurance information from the driver who struck you. This would include drivers of rideshare vehicles.
Q: Why should I hire a lawyer?
A: An experienced personal injury attorney will advocate for you, dealing with every legal aspect of your case. This would include obtaining records of the accident, hiring experts to investigate your case, getting witness statements, confronting insurance companies and taking care of all courtroom procedures. It’s not a good idea to represent yourself. A skilled attorney will work to secure compensation that will help pay for pain and suffering, medical costs, and lost work time.
Q: What are common causes of bicycle accidents?
A: Motor vehicle drivers are at fault for a great portion of the accidents that injure bicyclists. Among the more common accidents include:
- A motorist fails to see a bicyclist and makes a left turn in front of him or her.
- A motorist passes a bicyclist on the left and then makes a right turn into the bicyclist’s path.
- A bicyclist gets “doored.” This happens when a bicyclist who is riding next to parked cars on the street gets struck by a car door that has been opened by the driver.
- Upon exiting a driveway or parking lot, a motorist drives into the path of a traveling bicyclist.
- A driver strikes a bicyclist from behind.
Q: What are some of the more common reasons why a pedestrian gets struck and injured or killed?
A: All fingers point to motorists as the reason these accidents occur. Speeding, failure to yield, being distracted or intoxicated while behind the wheel are some of the most common reasons.
Q: What are the pedestrian’s responsibilities for avoiding an accident?
A: It’s crucial to be aware of your surroundings. By following a few simple rules, pedestrians can avoid being struck by a car. Stay visible to drivers, look in both directions before crossing the street, cross at designated crosswalks, stay on the sidewalk and avoid distractions. Distracted walking has made recent headlines. With smartphone use growing, more and more people have the tendency to look at their mobile phones while crossing the street. This is potentially dangerous, and doubly so if you are wearing earbuds. You can get struck by a truck, car, motorcycle or bicycle. Stay alert.
Retaining this information just might help you if you are injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident. Desi wants you to stay safe and understand what may happen if injured.
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Negligent drivers often are the cause of accidents involving pedestrians and bicycles. If injured by a careless driver, you need to rely on a personal injury attorney prepared to fight for you. The Law Office of Desirée M. Charbonnet in New Orleans is a seasoned law firm led by a former municipal judge who is compassionate, understanding and aggressive. Desi wants to help you secure fair and just compensation. For a free initial consultation, contact or call at 504-399-3374.