Louisiana police report that a 12-year-old boy was killed on March 17 as he rode side-by-side with another bicyclist. The auto accident occurred about 160 miles east of Lake Charles on Louisiana Highway 43 in Albany in the early evening. The cyclists were riding southbound as the car approached. Reports say that the driver was unable to avoid hitting the boy because the child attempted to cross the street just as the car came upon him. Tragically, the impact of the collision killed the boy.
There have been no charges filed against the driver in connection with the auto accident. Indeed, preliminary indications are that the deceased victim of the car accident may have swerved into the path of the motor vehicle. Nonetheless, the family of the boy will likely be interested in the official report of the accident as well as any other evidence gathered from the tragic incident.
While it is too early to say whether or not a civil claim for wrongful death may be appropriate, the family may wish to consider its legal options once all the facts are known. Even when a driver is not charged with any crime or traffic violations, facts may come to light that establish negligence on the part of the driver or another party in causing the car accident.
In any auto accident, when a driver is found to be at fault, personal injury claims may result. When a victim suffers injuries, or even death, there are economic costs for medical care and other expenses. Additionally, there may be other damages as well as pain and suffering occasioned by the crash. The personal injury laws of Louisiana are designed to assist victims of car accidents caused by the negligence of another as they recover from their injuries. Losing a child in a car accident like this one is an unimaginable tragedy. Filing for compensation can allow the family and friends of a victim to mourn together without having to worry about funeral expenses and other costs.