Pedestrians in Louisiana are notoriously vulnerable to serious injuries and death in a car accident. In some instances, this is due to the driver not paying attention to the road, driving recklessly or operating under the influence. If a pedestrian is following all the traffic rules, watching where he or she is going rather than looking down at a device and walking in the crosswalk, then a pedestrian-car accident is unexpected and unnecessary. Considering all the problems that can come about after pedestrian-car accidents, those who have been injured should make certain that they understand how to seek assistance from a legal professional.
A 52-year-old woman was crossing the street near a hospital where she worked and was hit by a turning vehicle. The accident happened at around 7:25 p.m. as the pedestrian was in the crosswalk. The law enforcement investigation shows that the driver of a 2016 Ford Truck, a 36-year-old woman, was exiting the parking lot of the hospital, stopped at a stop sign and turned left. She did not see the pedestrian and hit her. The vehicle was not traveling at a high rate of speed. The injured woman was taken to the hospital and was seriously hurt. The driver was given a breathalyzer test and had no alcohol in her system. She was, however, cited for not yielding to a pedestrian.
Car accidents can leave a person unable to work for an extended period. It can result in substantial medical expenses, problems living normally, and the need for help to do the necessities of life. It can place a strain on the person’s family financially and personally. Insurance companies might seem willing to make an offer to preclude a legal filing, but that offer is rarely sufficient to cover everything that was lost. Litigation is vital to adequately compensate the victim.
In this incident, a hospital worker was leaving her job and crossing the street in the crosswalk when a turning vehicle hit her. She suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized. As the investigation moves forward and she receives treatment, she and her family should make certain to protect themselves by seeking assistance from a legal professional experienced in helping clients who have been injured in a pedestrian accident.
Source: nola.com, “Pedestrian seriously injured in Covington crosswalk accident,” Kim Chatelain, Feb. 6, 2018