People can get hurt in so many different ways in Louisiana. Many accidents are only minor and people bounce back relativity quickly. However, some accidents are often life threatening — especially those between pedestrians and vehicles. While pedestrians are a common sight on many of Louisiana’s roadways, some cars and trucks still are not careful enough to avoid a collision. Since pedestrians have virtually no protection from the massive size of these moving vehicles, accidents are frequently fatal. Recently, a Louisiana roadway had to be closed down following an accident between a vehicle and a person. According to reports, the person was found face down in the ditch near the road. Police are investigating the fatal accident but believe that an auto-pedestrian accident occurred. It is unclear from reports whether the driver of the car stayed on scene or if it was a hit-and-run. When a fatal car accident involves a pedestrian, families members of the victim should ensure that an investigation of the accident takes place. This accident investigation can help to determine if negligence played a role on causing the motor vehicle accident. Negligence can include any behavior that a reasonable driver would have avoided under the same or similar circumstances. Texting and driving, speeding and drunk driving are all examples of common negligent behavior that can cause serious injuries to other drivers and to pedestrians.
If a driver was negligent the family may want to consider a wrongful death suit. This suit can hold negligent drivers financially responsible for their reckless behavior. While a wrongful death suit can never replace the person killed, it can ensure that the family does not suffer financial ruin because of the person’s absence.
Source: The Times-Picayune, “Fatal pedestrian accident shuts down Juban Road in Denham Springs,” Emily Lane, Dec. 30, 2013