Louisiana residents may know that walking after dark has its own set of dangers. Regardless, many people have no choice but to walk to their destination even after the sun goes down knowing that not being able to see where they are walking or walking into poorly lit areas might cause injury or even death. Regardless, drivers do bear the duty to exercise reasonable care when driving, especially when pedestrians might be present. Under some circumstances, the presence of both motor vehicles and pedestrians might lead to a serious, or even fatal, car accident.
One unfortunate 55-year-old man was walking along U.S. 90 in Raceland when tragedy struck. The man attempted to cross the busy highway shortly before 7 p.m. when an oncoming Ford F-150 struck him. The pedestrian was killed instantly and authorities pronounced him dead at the scene.
The driver, a 19-year-old woman, did not suffer any injuries in the collision. No charges were filed thus far in connection with the death of the victim. The Louisiana State Police does not believe drugs or alcohol consumption were factors in this accident. However, a routine toxicology screening is being conducted and those results are pending.
There are times when pedestrians have no choice but to share the road with vehicles -- day or night. Therefore, it is important for drivers to use extra caution at night in order to be sure they have time to react when visibility is often limited. In this case, if the family can prove the woman caused or contributed to their loved one's death through the filing of a wrongful death claim, the court may consider an award of damages. Such an award may provide the financial restitution necessary to cover the inevitable expenses that accompany such a tragic car accident.
Source: wwltv.com/, Pedestrian dies after hit by truck while crossing Raceland highway, No author, Feb. 23, 2014