Many Louisiana residents might agree that pedestrians are more vulnerable to injury when compared to those in vehicles. Pedestrians are often forced to share the roadways with vehicles when there are no sidewalks or they cross streets. It is at these points when a person walking and risking bodily injury could he or she become most impacted by a pedestrian vs. car accident.
According to Louisiana State Police, two women were walking along the westbound lane of Louisiana Highway 438 when a passing car struck them both. One woman suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene while the second suffered only minor injuries. The surviving pedestrian refused treatment from emergency personnel for her injuries.
According to the preliminary information gathered by authorities, the driver of the car was not suspected of being impaired and no signs of any other contributing factors were present. However, it is believed that the deceased pedestrian might have been impaired at the time of the tragic accident, but the Louisiana State Police have yet to confirm that fact. A routine toxicology screening is currently pending. So far, the driver of the vehicle has not been cited or criminally charged in this accident.
However, the absence of criminal charges does not preclude the driver from civil liability for the pedestrian vs. car accident. The family of the deceased woman may still file a wrongful death claim against the driver seeking damages for the financial losses incurred as result of the incident. It will be up to the court to determine how much liability the driver is assessed in connection with this woman's death.
Source: fox8live.com, Woman dies in Washington Parish car accident, No author, Feb. 1, 2014