Whether as a means of exercise, or a way to take in the scenery, many individuals choose to travel to and from their destinations by walking. However, with less in the way of protection in comparison to a vehicle, such a decision could come with a certain amount of risk, and pedestrian accidents run a higher chance of ending in disaster. A recent collision involving a pedestrian in Louisiana has claimed the life of a 43-year-old woman.
Louisiana State Police assert the incident took place at around 11 p.m. on a recent Monday while a woman was walking on the side of a highway. For reasons still under investigation, a vehicle suddenly struck the woman, causing her to suffer fatal injuries in the process. Authorities have advised that toxicology tests are underway, but the exact cause of the incident reportedly remains unclear.
Walking near traffic can be hazardous under the best of circumstances, and even more so late at night. With an inherent reduction in visibility, pedestrians who walk at night are advised to wear bright clothing and stick to well-lit areas for safety reasons. However, even those who take the necessary precautions may be at risk if they encounter a negligent driver, and accidents that occur under similar conditions can be catastrophic.
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents prove fatal far too often, and leave families grieving over the loss of someone close. If the driver of a vehicle is deemed at fault in such an incident, a family could be entitled to restitution, but the process can be stressful and intimidating. When facing a similar situation, one could find it beneficial to speak with an attorney for assistance in pursuing the compensation deserved through a wrongful death claim.
Source: lex18.com, "Ky. Woman Hit, Killed By Vehicle In Louisiana", Jan. 30, 2018