New Orleans Bicycle Accident Attorney
Yes, you probably need an attorney if you've been in a bicycle accident in New Orleans. Lawyers for the insurance company may try to talk you out of it, but don't let them.
Vulnerable Road User Laws Protect Cyclists and Pedestrians
Bicyclists and pedestrians are what are referred to as "vulnerable road users," and many states have laws explicitly protecting them. While there have been attempts to pass specific laws protecting vulnerable road users in Louisiana, these have not yet been successful. New Orleans bicycle accident lawyers have been instrumental in attempting to get these laws passed and will no doubt continue.
Even though the Louisiana Legislature was unable to pass a vulnerable road user law, they did commit to have the Louisiana State Law Institute study and make recommendations regarding vulnerable road users.
Bicycle riders are vulnerable road users, and bicycle accidents can cause terrible injuries. Even with the growth of bike lanes, bike crashes on New Orleans roadways have been on the rise in the last decade.
Louisiana Bicycle Laws Regarding Accidents and Operation
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development maintains a list of laws pertaining to bicycles which may be helpful if you're in a bicycle accident in New Orleans.
These laws include:
- Safe Passing Laws
- Helmet Laws
- Riding on The Sidewalk
- Dooring (when a car opens its door into a bicyclist)
- Clarification on The "Idaho Stop"—Idaho allows cyclists to modify some traffic laws
Louisiana law treats bicycles as vehicles. Bicyclists are required to follow the laws, and motorists are required to respect bicycles as full road users.
What Should I Do If I'm in Bicycle Accident in New Orleans?
Immediately call 911 to dispatch New Orleans police for a police report and rescue services as needed at the scene of the bicycle accident following any serious injury.
As soon after the accident as possible, assuming it is safe to do so, take pictures of the area where the accident happened and any vehicles which may be involved—including other bicycles.
Collect contact information from any witnesses who may have witnessed the bicycle or pedestrian accident.
Move to a safe place out of traffic to avoid having another bicycle accident.
Seek medical attention. Even if you don't think you're injured, there may be hidden trauma that requires attention.
Consult with a qualified bicycle accident lawyer before you talk to the motorist's insurance company or to anyone who may bear liability. You will want the help of an attorney to file an insurance claim and to help assure your medical expenses and suffering are paid for.
When Should You Consult a Bicycle Accident Attorney?
If you are on a bicycle or walking and you are involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, call an attorney as soon as possible. Even if your injuries seem insignificant at the time, you should be seen by a healthcare provider, and you should get in contact with a trusted personal injury attorney familiar with bicycle accidents.
If your bike accident was the result of someone else's negligence, Ben Brown Law will help you hold the negligent party at fault. Don't get stuck with medical bills, lost wages, or property damages. You don't have to suffer alone.
If you're in an accident while bicycling or even walking in New Orleans, call the Ben Brown Law Group at 504-564-7677 or contact us online for a confidential consultation to make sure you don't get taken advantage of by insurance or even city attorneys. Experienced New Orleans bike accident lawyers can make sure you get the compensation you deserve.