Motor vehicle accidents can happen at any time, often without much warning. For accidents involving a vehicle and a pedestrian, there is a greater possibility that it will result in a fatality. Fatal accidents will be a shock to the family left behind, especially when loved ones will have to deal with funeral expenses amidst their grief. This can have lifelong ramifications for everyone involved.
Recently, a man was walking on a service road in southern Louisiana when he was hit by a car and killed. The accident occurred shortly after 8 p.m. when a driver of an Acura struck the man. He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. In the ensuing investigation, the driver passed a Breathalyzer test. Toxicology reports for the man that was killed are pending.
When a loved one is killed in an accident, there are many things that will go through a family’s mind. In addition to the emotional upheaval, there is the potential loss of income and loss of companionship from a cherished family member. Insurance companies’ main focus is on keeping costs in line, and negotiating with insurance companies can often be frustrating. A company might offer a settlement soon after the accident to try and preclude a legal filing. This settlement offer is rarely enough to help a family over the long term. In many instances, filing litigation may be the only option for a family to receive adequate compensation for a wrongful death incident, if a wrongful death can be proved.
In this case, a man was killed as a pedestrian in a fatal car accident. Wrongdoing on the part of the driver has not been confirmed, but a completed thorough investigation can reveal all of the contributing factors in the accident. For assistance with a potential legal filing, families who have lost a loved one in a car accident may find it helpful to speak with a legal professional.
Source: WDSU.com, “Pedestrian struck, killed by vehicle on Lafourche Parish road,” Juan Sanchez, Sept. 2, 2014