On behalf of The Keating Law Firm, LLC posted in car accidents on Thursday, March 17, 2016.

A recent car accident in Metairie is a powerful reminder of the risks pedestrians face when drivers are negligent.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has reported that a pedestrian was seriously injured after being hit by a driver who is now charged with drunk driving for the second time. The collision happened the evening of March 12 at the intersection of Cypress Street and Cleary Avenue.

The injured pedestrian required hospitalization in New Orleans, and there was no word as to the victim’s condition at the time of a local report.

The case is also a reminder that a drunk driving conviction is not required for an injury victim to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim.

According to the sheriff’s office, a breathalyzer showed that the driver’s blood-alcohol content was .065 percent — under the legal limit of .08 percent. However, the driver reportedly admitted that, in addition to two beers, he had consumed two pills of hydrocodone.

Even if the driver is not convicted of drunk driving, the injured pedestrian may still bring a personal injury claim against the driver, in addition to any criminal charges that may have been filed.

A successful personal injury lawsuit can lead to compensation for a number of costs resulting from an accident, including medical bills, lost income, lost earning capacity and rehabilitation. In many cases, a civil legal claim is the only way an injury victim is able to obtain appropriate medical treatment, along with full and fair compensation for the injury.

Pedestrians, beware: the risk of an accident usually increases during spring and summer.

New Orleans and Metairie are known for the sights and sounds you can experience as a pedestrian, and tourists from all over the world come to our area to enjoy the culture on foot. Unfortunately, the rate of pedestrian accidents tends to increase during the spring and summer months, as more vehicles and more pedestrians move about the streets.

If you or a loved one is injured in a pedestrian accident in the New Orleans area, then don’t hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options for compensation.

To learn more, please see The Keating Law Firm’s overview of bicyclist and pedestrian injuries. Our firm represents injury victims in Metairie and New Orleans.

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