Cycling can be a healthy and eco-friendly mode of transportation, but can be dangerous, especially when surrounding motorists do not obey traffic laws. New Orleans residents know what drivers are like here — the city has a notorious reputation for drivers who do not pay attention to cyclists and pedestrians.
If you are in a bicycle accident, the first thing you should always do is make sure you move to a safe area away from traffic and check yourself for injuries. Document all driver and witness contact information and wait for the police to arrive. Document what happened and get your account of the events into the accident report. Document your injuries and any damage to your property with photographs. Contact an experienced bicycle accident lawyer.
If you are involved in a bicycle accident you should contact a bicycle accident lawyer as soon as possible, as an experienced lawyer will be able to advise, represent you in court, and negotiate with insurance companies for you.
Most cycling accident cases are handled out of court with no trial. In any case, it is important to find a lawyer with experience in Louisiana bicycling and traffic law to represent you. Cyclists are often blamed for accidents that are not their fault. It is critical that they hire a dedicated and experienced bike accident lawyer who knows the law and has experience with bicycle claims.
Pedestrians, like bicyclists, are often blamed for accidents that are not their fault. We can examine the facts of your accident, assess all of the traffic-related variables, and give you an analysis of your claim. If you are ever involved in an accident as a pedestrian do not discuss fault at the scene of the accident, or with the driver’s insurance company without first calling Chip Forstall for legal assistance.
We work entirely on a contingency fee basis, so we do not collect our fee until you are paid. If you have been injured as a pedestrian or cyclist in Louisiana, it is important to act quickly, efficiently, and decisively, so you can get compensated and return to your quality of life.
To discuss any aspect of your bicycling or pedestrian personal injury case in a free initial consultation call 504-483-3400 or e-mail us.