Service roads can be found throughout the state of Louisiana. While these roads make traveling to certain destinations quicker and more convenient, they do pose unique risks. If you’ve been hurt in an accident that occurred on a service road, it’s important that you understand your legal right to compensation.
How Service Roads Contribute to Traffic Accidents
Service roads, also known as parallel roads, access roads, or frontage roads, are roads that run parallel to the main road to give traffic access to adjacent commercial or residential property. The goal of a service road is to provide a safer way for vehicles to access adjoining properties without disrupting the flow of traffic on a busy highway or interstate.
Overall, the implementation of service roads has been shown to reduce traffic accidents. However, parking problems and visual obstructions where service roads rejoin the main road can increase the risk of accidents. These types of roads are also difficult for bicyclists and pedestrians to cross because the gaps in traffic are few and far between.
For example, Louisiana Highway 1 (LA 1) heads inland through Simmesport, Moreauville, and Marksville on its way to Alexandria, where it meets the Pineville Expressway. There’s a southwest turn along its service roads—Fulton Street and Casson Street—along with LA 28 Business and U.S. Highway 167 Business to its end at Interstate 49. LA 1 is four to six lanes, but drivers frequently must turn off and get on the service road to reach their final destination. There are many yields and stops along the way that people often don’t know how to handle—especially tourists visiting for Mardi Gras and other events held throughout the year.
Failing to yield or stop when necessary can lead to serious traffic accidents. Victims may suffer broken bones, spinal injuries, a traumatic brain injury, internal bleeding, or organ damage. Sometimes, these accidents can involve multiple cars if others are not able to stop in time after the initial impact occurs.
Protecting Your Right to Compensation
If you’ve been hurt in a traffic accident on Louisiana service road, you’re entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any associated property damage. You can still receive compensation if you were found to be partially at fault for the accident. However, your settlement will be proportionately reduced by your assigned percentage of fault.
Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney to advocate for your interests in the best way to protect your right to a fair settlement. Insurance companies prioritize their bottom line and aren’t interested in making sure you have the funds necessary to recover from your injuries to the fullest extent possible.
Neblett, Beard & Arsenault’s legal team can help you resolve your claim by:
We’ll review law enforcement reports, witness testimony, nearby surveillance video, accident scene photos, and other available evidence to determine the party or parties responsible.
Documenting Your Injuries
We’ll make sure all your injuries are documented as being related to the accident. Establishing the cause of your injuries is vital to the success of your claim.
Calculating Your Total Damages
Although medical bills often make up the majority of a car accident claim, we’ll make sure you’re compensated for all the harm you’ve suffered—including lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Anticipating Future Needs
If you’ve been left with permanent disabilities, we’ll find expert witnesses who can testify as to your future medical needs and how your condition will impact your earning potential.
Negotiating A Fair Settlement
We’ll decide how much your case is worth based on all the variables involved and fight for your right to receive the highest possible compensation.
Have You Been Injured In A Louisiana Car Accident?
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