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Louisiana pedestrian and bicycle accident fatalities up

Louisiana pedestrians and bicyclists may want to rethink being out and about on weekends once the sun goes down. This advice stems from new information recently released by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission that indicates car accidents involving both pedestrians and bicycles are most likely to occur during the evening hours on weekends.

During 2010, overall motor vehicle fatalities across Louisiana were down six percent. There were, however, significant increases in the numbers of both pedestrian and bicycle accidents. For pedestrians, state officials reported an 18 percent jump in the fatality rate. For bicyclists, the increase in fatalities was much greater with nearly a 46 percent increase over the previous year.

The majority of accidents and fatal accidents involving pedestrians and bicycles occurred on weekends during the evening hours. Law enforcement officials speculate the increase in accidents during this time period is attributable to a number of factors including decreased visibility and an increase in alcohol consumption.

The fact that more Louisiana pedestrians and bicyclists are dying may also be attributable to an increase in the total number of individuals who are choosing to bike or walk. In any event, the statics serve as a reminder to all Louisiana motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists to pay attention and follow traffic laws.

Car or truck accidents in which a pedestrian or bicyclists are involved often result in serious and even fatal injuries. These injuries often require individuals to incur large medical bills and undergo rehabilitative treatments for months or years.

A personal injury or wrongful death claim may help victims or family members recover compensation related to a pedestrian or bicycle accident. Monies awarded can help cover costs associated with medical bills and lost wages.

Source: WWL, "More pedestrians dying in Louisiana," Chris Miller, Oct. 17, 2012

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