Pedestrians often take precautions to help ensure their safety. From wearing reflective clothing or carrying a flashlight at night to following pedestrian signals at intersections, a person can help reduce the chances of being injured or killed by a vehicle. However, the reality is that pedestrian accidents, especially in Louisiana, are all too real and are happening more and more each year.
A study of pedestrian accidents across the United States recently released by the group Smart Growth America shows that between 2005 and 2014, 1,024 people were struck and killed by motor vehicles in Louisiana. The report measured the percentage of local commuters who walk to work against the most recent data on pedestrian deaths. This calculation, dubbed the Personal Danger Index (PDI), gave Louisiana a score of 117.1, an increase of almost four points since 2014. In comparison, the safest state for a pedestrian was Vermont, with a PDI of 11.4 and only 40 deaths from pedestrian accidents in the same time period.
Conspicuous nationwide statistics regarding age, race and income were revealed by the report. Just over 46 percent of pedestrian deaths happened to non-white people, a group that only makes up 34.9 percent of the total population. People aged 65 years or older are 50 percent more likely to fall victim to pedestrian accidents. Moreover, as household incomes decline and the number of people without insurance increases, so does their PDI.
Based on the findings of this study, it can be said that the people at the highest risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident in Louisiana are those whose families can least afford to deal with the cost of medical care or, even worse, funeral expenses. Doctor and hospital bills coupled with lost work time can cause financial ruin, and funeral expenses can be overwhelming. An attorney with experience in pedestrian accidents can help those injured or the families of those killed to pursue claims for financial compensation by working with insurance companies or through civil liability claims against the vehicle driver.
Source: nola.com, "Louisiana deemed 3rd most dangerous state for pedestrian safety", Alice Harrison, Jan. 10,2017