Pedestrian accidents

"On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours

and injured every 7 minutes in traffic crashes."

--National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

What Are Pedestrian Accidents?

Pedestrian accidents usually involve a motor vehicle and a person or persons who are on foot, walking running, jogging, hiking, sitting or lying down on or near a street or thoroughfare. According the NHTSA, in 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 76,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States. Fatalities associated with pedestrian accidents have been on the rise since 2009.

"Pedestrian injuries don't just happen with motor vehicles; a
defective sidewalk, driveway or parking lot could be the cause...
or, construction equipment left unattended."

What Compensation Can I Receive?

If you are involved in a pedestrian accident you are eligible for the same compensation as someone involved in a car, truck or motorcycle accident, including:

  • Medical Expenses (past and future)
  • Lost Wages/Earning Potential
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life
  • Emotional Distress
  • Loss of Parental or Spousal Financial Support
  • Loss of Spousal Relations
  • Property Damage
  • Incidental Expenses
  • Punitive Damages

"In pedestrian cases, people sometimes believe they can deal with
the insurance company. They want to give you as little as possible.
You need experienced legal help to get the maximum compensation."

Pedestrian Accidents in Louisiana

  • Louisiana has the fifth highest pedestrian death rate in the country
  • The rate of pedestrian fatalities in Louisiana rose by 57% between 2010 and 2012,
  • Louisiana has the third highest child fatality rate in the country. 63% higher than the national average
  • Pedestrian deaths in Louisiana rose 30% between 2011 and 2012
  • In 2012, pedestrian fatalities accounted for 16.3% of total fatalities, exceeding the national rate by more than two percentage points.
  • African Americans are 67% more likely to die in a pedestrian crash than non-Hispanic whites
  • The New Orleans metropolitan area, including Metarie and Kenner, lead metro areas in pedestrian fatalities

The above information was taken from reports by the Center for Planning Excellence and the Louisiana Public Health Institute, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration