With high amounts of pedestrian traffic in many shopping center parking lots, drivers must generally proceed with caution while searching for a space. Failing to spot a person while maneuvering through similar areas can create a dangerous situation, and car accidents that occur under these circumstances can be disastrous. A recent collision in a parking lot in Louisiana has reportedly claimed the life of a 7-year-old boy.
The incident reportedly occurred in the parking lot of a shopping center on a recent Thursday morning. According to authorities, the young boy was crouched near the rear end of a vehicle when he was suddenly struck by a pickup truck. A man who witnessed the incident says that it happened too quickly for him to respond, and he asserts that the driver of the truck apparently failed to notice the child prior to running over him.
Authorities have initiated an investigation into the incident. Although they have advised that impairment is not suspected to be a contributing factor, toxicology samples were taken for testing purposes. In any parking lot where small children may be present, drivers must exercise due diligence, as failing to notice a child under similar circumstances could have catastrophic consequences.
The loss of a child is one of the toughest experiences a parent may face. In fatal car accidents where the evidence indicates the driver is at fault, the family of the victim may wish to pursue restitution, but they could be uncertain where to turn for guidance. When facing a similar situation, a family in Louisiana could consult with an experienced attorney for assistance in pursuing the full amount of compensation entitled through a wrongful death claim.
Source: nola.com, "7-year-old killed in Covington area parking lot accident", Kim Chatelain, Feb. 15, 2018