Whether it is night or day, in a residential area or city, residents in Louisiana are often considered a pedestrian at some point in the day. Even if they are just traveling by foot from their vehicle to a store, business or home, an individual becomes a pedestrian in the parking lot, sidewalks or roadways near their parked vehicle. Despite the short duration an individual is a pedestrian, it is important that both drivers and pedestrians are aware of one another and practice safety in order to avoid an auto-pedestrian accident.
The Louisiana State Police were recently dispatched to two separate pedestrian accidents, occurring on the same day, resulting in two deaths. According to preliminary reports, one incident happened in Evangeline Parish near Louisiana Highway 374 around 5:00 a.m. In this incident, a 64-year-old man was walking in the southbound lanes of the highway when he was struck and killed by a vehicle. The details are limited in the accident and it is not clear where the man was exactly when the oncoming vehicle struck him.
The second pedestrian accident occurred during the evening hours in the area of U.S. Highway 190. Authorities reported that the 50-year-old woman killed in this crash was standing in the westbound lanes of the highway when she was struck and killed by an oncoming vehicle.
Investigation is still ongoing in these two crashes and authorities have ruled out impairment of both drivers. Further review is being conducted to determine if either pedestrian in these accident was under the influence. This could help police establish whether they are partially liable for the fatal accident they were involved in.
Pedestrian crashes often end tragically because a person is not able to stand up to the size of a vehicle, even in a slow moving crash. Because people often travel by foot in areas where vehicle are, it is important that drivers are attentive and cautious. Failure to do so could result in a fatal automobile collision. In these matters, loved ones of the deceased could prove fault, responsibility or partial liability. A wrongful death claim can be filed against a negligent drive, resulting in compensation for their losses and damages they incurred.
Source: WDSU, "Two people struck, killed by vehicles during crashes on Louisiana highways," Juan Sanchez, Jan. 17, 2015