A 19-year-old man was fatally injured in a two-car accident on April 24, according to a report from Louisiana State Police officials. When the fatal collision occurred, investigators say that the road conditions were rainy, and the man had been attempting to pass in front of several vehicles. Troopers began investigating the crash just before 5:30 p.m.
A 27-year-old man involved in a collision in February remained at a prison in Donaldsonville on April 22 instead of posting a $100,000 bail. The driver will face felony and misdemeanor charges for a collision that resulted in the death of a 66-year-old SUV driver. Police reports state that there was no evidence that the man had consumed any drugs or alcohol the morning of the Feb. 22 collision, and the driver admitted to having done drugs the previous day.
A Marrero woman died in a hospital on March 7 after an SUV crashed into her and her husband around noon as they walked through a private parking lot. The fatal crash happened along Louisiana Highway 45. Authorities were still investigating the cause at the time of the report.
A motorcyclist was injured in a fiery crash in Metairie during the morning hours of March 2, according to reports. The biker reportedly suffered several fractured bones.
With the sharp rise in cellphone use among drivers in Louisiana and across the U.S. over the last decade, distracted driving has become a very important safety topic. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 421,000 people were injured in car accidents involving distracted drivers in 2012, and 3,328 people were killed.
Louisiana residents are seriously injured or killed in accidents caused by drunk drivers every year. The problem is of course not one just relegated to the state, but instead it is one with national reach. In 2012, 10,322 people were killed in accidents caused by intoxicated drivers across the country.
An accident in Caldwell Parish on Dec. 16 left one person dead and two others injured. The accident involved a pickup truck and a car.
A Louisiana woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Oct. 16 at some time after 4 p.m., according to state troopers. The 83-year-old woman was driving her Lincoln MKZ on Joor Road. She was headed north when she came to a stop at the LA Highway 64 intersection and attempted to turn left. She turned into the path of a 51-year-old male driver traveling east on the highway and was struck by his Dodge pickup truck.
Motor vehicle accidents often leave the victims in a state of shock, with little idea of where to turn. Louisiana victims of auto accidents may find that they have many questions and few answers. Apart from worrying about the damage to your vehicle and how it will be covered, a victim who has suffered auto accident injuries may have to consider medical costs, loss of income and even loss of quality of life resulting from the accident.
The legal matters that arise after a fatal auto accident often relate to both civil and criminal law. For example, if a drunk driver caused the fatal crash, then the driver is likely to face a criminal charge of vehicular homicide. On the civil side of things, the family of the deceased may bring a claim of wrongful death. This sort of civil action is meant to provide the family with compensation for the following: