In cities like New Orleans, residents often choose to get around by foot. Although walking on sidewalks, in residential areas or on the sides of the streets is a healthy way to get around, it is also one that carries several risks. Pedestrians are not always readily seen, and if a distracted driver is traveling nearby, there could be a collision with a pedestrian attempting to cross the road.
Such a tragic incident recently occurred in Houma near the intersection of Highway 3040 and Enterprise Drive. According to the Louisiana State Police, a woman was struck by a vehicle traveling south on Highway 3040 just after 7 p.m.
Emergency crews responded to the incident. The 43-year-old woman who was struck by the vehicle was flown to the hospital for medical treatment. Unfortunately, she did not survive her injuries and died a few days later at the hospital. Police indicated that the driver of the vehicle was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the incident, and no injuries were reported to the driver.
The investigation is ongoing. Preliminary reports indicate that the female pedestrian walked in front of the vehicle, but it was not made clear whether it was within a crosswalk or if the pedestrian had the right of way. Further investigation may reveal this information, helping to determine the cause of the accident and possible liability.
If a negligent driver is at fault in a pedestrian accident, that driver could be held accountable for any damages or losses arising from the fatal collision. Those involved in a motor vehicle accident or those who have lost a loved one in a crash should understand that there may be recourses available.
Source: Wafb.com, "Woman hit by car in Houma dies from her injuries," Nov. 2, 2016