In general, pedestrian-vehicle accident claims depend on the duty of care of the parties involved. Both drivers and pedestrians are responsible for exercising reasonable care, and it is important to analyze the facts of the incident to determine whose negligence caused the accident. Shreveport personal injury attorney, Robert B. Dunlap, can talk to witnesses, look at police reports, and examine photos of the scene to build your case.
Common factors of negligence for pedestrians:
Darting out in front of a vehicle.
Ignoring the “walk” signal at an intersection.
Failing to use marked crosswalks.
Entering and disrupting the flow of traffic.
In order to prove that a driver’s negligence caused an accident, the plaintiff must show that the driver failed to exercise reasonable care while driving. They must then prove that the failure of the driver directly caused the accident, which caused the plaintiff’s injuries. If you are involved in an accident, it is important to get the contact information of any witnesses and take pictures of the scene if possible to begin building your case.
Factors of negligence for drivers may include:
Failing to signal while turning.
Driving while distracted.
Disregarding weather or traffic conditions.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks.
Disobeying traffic signs or signals.
A variety of parties may be liable for injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident, including the driver of the vehicle, the pedestrian, or the party responsible for maintaining the road, parking lot, or sidewalk where the accident occurred. At the Law Office of Robert B. Dunlap, you can speak with a knowledgeable Shreveport pedestrian accident lawyer to understand your options. Mr. Dunlap works hard to try and meet his client’s goals, and he possesses a thorough knowledge of the Louisiana legal codes to help his clients seek compensation.