When a person is walking to work, running for exercise or simply heading to his or her car, he or she is vulnerable, even if it does not seem like it. In reality, a person who is in the vicinity of moving vehicles could be at risk of an accident. Personal injury incidents involving Louisiana pedestrians often result in grave injuries or even death as people outside of the vehicle are much more vulnerable to injuries.
Pedestrian accidents are particularly common in an age of distracted driving. Drivers are often looking at their phones, adjusting the radio or even inputting a location in their GPS instead of paying attention to the road. Unfortunately, pedestrians are often the ones who have to pay the price. Drivers can significantly reduce their chance of an accident by being attentive, careful and free from all distracting things, particularly phones.
While Louisiana drivers are often to blame for pedestrian accidents, people in or near the roadway can also take certain steps that will reduce their chance of being involved in an accident. They can look up when walking instead of at their phones, and they can stick to walking in specific places, such as on crosswalks. They can be on the lookout for moving vehicles and wear bright colors when out exercising.
When a person is harmed due to the negligent or reckless actions of another person, the victim has the right to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. After a pedestrian accident, a victim may want to take quick action to learn about his or her legal options. Through a successfully presented civil claim, recovery is possible.