On the afternoon of Feb. 12, a collision between a 2001 Chevrolet Astro van and a 2013 Taoi moped resulted in the death of one of the drivers. The driver of the moped, who was not wearing a helmet at the time, was traveling east on La. 300, heading towards Deborah Drive in St. Bernard. The 2001 Chevrolet Astro van traveled north on Deborah Drive, approaching La. 300. State police reported that when the van turned right onto La. 300, the vehicles collided. The moped hit the rear of the van. The impact of the accident caused the 33-year-old male to be ejected from the moped. He sustained serious injuries. The moped driver was transported to Interim LSU Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A 51-year-old motorcyclist was killed after he was involved in an accident with two passenger cars on Louisiana Highway 92 in Broussard. The fatal accident happened shortly before 11:20 a.m. and resulted in one of the car drivers being sent to jail. Toxicology results from the investigation are still pending, but police say they do not suspect intoxication was a factor.
On Nov. 29, a 39-year-old Independence man died in a two-car collision. The crash took place on Louisiana Highway 40 in the evening.
Authorities say a woman died in a two-vehicle accident in St. Martin Parish after her car overturned in a ditch following a rear-end collision. Impairment is not suspected to have been a factor; however, a state lab is conducting a toxicology analysis in an ongoing investigation. No charges were filed against the driver of the truck that rear-ended the woman's 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 vast majority of car accidents in Louisiana are preventable. Drivers can follow a few simple rules to reduce the risk of a crash: never drive while intoxicated; never drive while fatigued; and always remain focused on the task of driving.