Our blog has often reported about how important it is for Louisiana motorists to keep a sharp eye out for other drivers and be mindful of the safety of others while they are traveling on the road. As a recent tragic case that happened in Covington, a city not too far from New Orleans, illustrates, the warning to pay attention applies equally when a driver is navigating through a parking lot.
According to reports, a child died after being hit in a parking lot by a pickup truck driver who apparently did not see the child. The accident happened in broad daylight while the child was low to the ground near a parked car in the parking lot, playing or otherwise doing what children tend to do. Apparently, the child's parents were nearby but may have been distracted while they were in the store.
Police do not suspect the driver of the pickup was either drinking or under the influence of drugs, and the driver remained at the scene of the accident and cooperated with authorities. At this time, law enforcement has not issued any citations in connections with this tragedy.
Still, drivers have an obligation at all times, even when they are traveling through a parking lot, to make absolutely certain that they are watching out for pedestrians, particularly when those pedestrians are small children who might not know how to be safe around traffic.
With respect to this car accident, there is still a lot more investigating that will have to take place, but the parents of the child who died would do well to seek out advice on their legal options, as they will probably want and even require compensation to help recover from this profound loss.
Source: The Times-Picayune, "7-year-old killed in Covington area parking lot accident," Kim Chatelain, Feb. 15, 2018.