Lafayette Pedestrian Accident Injures 5 People
According to KLFY.com and CBS Channel 10 News, 5 pedestrians were injured when a truck ran a red light. The accident took place Monday morning at the intersection of University Avenue and Johnston Street. Lafayette Police stated that the driver was speeding, ran a light, crashed into another vehicle and subsequently the two vehicles hit 5 pedestrians. Thankfully, no one was killed. Alcohol is not suspected in the incident.
Accidents like this tend to end in tragedy, thankfully, this one did not. However, people who choose to ride their bike, jog, or go for a walk on busy Lafayette streets know they need to extra careful. If you, or a loved one, have been hit by a vehicle while out and about, give our law firm a call. Our Lafayette pedestrian accident injury lawyers know how to fight for your rights. Our job is to get you paid after an injury, so you can focus on recovering.
Today, we’re going to discuss pedestrian accidents in Lafayette and what our law firm may be able to do to help you after an injury. Remember, if you need to talk to an attorney now, dial (318) 561-2500. We provide free consultations and we are open 24 hours a day.
Hiring a Lafayette Accident Injury Lawyer After Losing a Loved One
KATC ABC Channel 3 released a story on on May 28th, 2021 about two pedestrians who were killed by a car. In addition, on June 21, 2021 FOX 15 News published an article about another fatal pedestrian accident. These are tragic accidents that could have been avoided if people were more careful. Our law firm helps family members of accident victims, especially after losing a loved one in such a horrific way. For over 40 years the injury attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault have fought to protect injury victims. Here are some things you may want to consider if you’ve lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person or party.
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
If you’ve lost a loved on in an accident, you may need to file a wrongful death lawsuit. These are very complex types of injury claims, and more often than not require an attorney to take the claim to court. Below is content, explaining wrongful death laws in the state of Louisiana, from a trusted legal site called NOLO. You can click here to read the article from their site, or scroll below to read a brief snippet from their article.
Louisiana Wrongful Death Laws
Each state, including Louisiana, has its own set of laws governing wrongful death claims that permit a deceased person’s survivors or estate to file a lawsuit if the death was caused by another party’s accidental or intentional act. In this article, we’ll take a look at
- how Louisiana law defines wrongful death
- who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in the state’s courts
- the types of damages available, and
- the time limit for filing this type of case
What Is a “Wrongful Death” in Louisiana?
In Louisiana, a “wrongful death” occurs when “a person dies due to the fault of another.”(La. Civ. Code § 2315.2 (2021).) The death could be caused by another human being, or it can be the result of wrongdoing by an entity (like a corporation), including through:
- a negligence-based incident (such as a car accident)
- medical malpractice, or
- an intentional act (including a crime).
A wrongful death claim can be thought of as a type of personal injury lawsuit in which the injured person is no longer available to bring his or her own case to court. Instead, surviving family members must bring the claim to court and seek damages on behalf of the deceased (more on that later).
What’s the Difference Between a Wrongful Death Claim and a Criminal Homicide Prosecution?
As in other types of personal injury lawsuits, the defendant’s liability in a successful wrongful death case is expressed solely in terms of financial compensation (“damages”) that the court orders the defendant to pay to the deceased person’s survivors. This is one major difference between a wrongful death lawsuit and a criminal homicide case, where a conviction can result in jail or prison time, fines paid to the state, probation, and other penalties.
Another big difference between a criminal prosecution for homicide and a wrongful death civil lawsuit: In criminal court, the accused’s guilt must be established “beyond a reasonable doubt”—a very high bar for the prosecution to clear. In a civil lawsuit, the defendant’s liability must be shown only “by a preponderance of the evidence,” meaning it’s more likely than not that the defendant is responsible for the death. It is possible, though, for a single act to result in criminal charges and a wrongful death claim: A defendant can be sued for wrongful death in civil court, even when facing criminal charges related to the same death.
Lafayette Wrongful Death and Pedestrian Accident Injury Attorneys
If you have been injured while walking, jogging, or ridding your bike you may be able to file a pedestrian injury claim. You have special rights as a pedestrian, and if you’ve been seriously injured, you may be entitled to financial compensation. In addition, and more importantly, if you’ve lost a loved one due to the fault of someone else, you really need to consider a wrongful death lawsuit. If your loved one is leaving behind young children or a spouse, they will need financial support. We can help.
The Lafayette wrongful death and pedestrian accident injury attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault have been helping accident victims for over 40 years. During that time, we’ve recovered over $10 billion dollars for our clients. We know “a thing or two” about protecting the financial rights of accident victims. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.