New Orleans’ French Quarter has long been a popular spot to ring in the New Year. Unfortunately, the most well known spot in Louisiana became the scene of a horrific pedestrian vs. auto accident. The victim had to be placed in a medically-induced coma due to her injuries.
The victim and a group of friends were looking for a taxi around Decatur Street when the accident happened. A friend of the victim said he found the victim lying on the ground. He further stated that he did not see the accident happen.
Through other witnesses, it was determined that two people from the same group of friends had been struck by one car. The impact flung the victim into oncoming traffic, where she was struck by another car. The driver of the second car that hit the victim remained at the scene, but the original vehicle that struck her and another person fled the scene.
The young woman was transported to University Hospital where she remains in a coma. She will have to have surgery to repair a shattered pelvis. Her recovery could take weeks or even months. Authorities are trying to locate the vehicle that caused the original impact.
The young woman’s parents are eager to find out who injured their daughter as well. Even though it may not be at the forefront of their minds, the victim retains the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the party or parties responsible for her injuries. Filing a civil action won’t heal her injuries any more quickly, but a successful result may help the victim and her family defray the financial impact of this tragic auto accident. Medical expenses and lost wages are just a couple of the costs allowed under Louisiana law that the victim and her family may recover if a lawsuit is successful.