Louisiana State Police were called to an accident on Interstate 10 east of Lake Charles recently. The investigation of the two car wreck has resulted in one driver being charged. The passenger in that driver’s vehicle died at the scene.
The accident occurred when a Mazda heading east on Interstate 10 near Lake Charles sideswiped a second vehicle. That impact threw the Mazda into a guardrail. The passenger in that vehicle was thrown out of the vehicle during the crash; and emergency personnel pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
The driver of the Mazda was taken to an area hospital and treated for what have been described as minor injuries. The driver of the vehicle he sideswiped was lucky enough to escape uninjured. The driver believed to have caused the accident has been charged with careless operation, DWI and vehicular homicide.
Families of car accident victims may find themselves feeling helpless and at the mercy of the criminal justice system to give them the peace of mind they may be looking for after losing a loved one. According to our state laws, families that have lost a loved one due to the negligent actions of another party retain the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver responsible for the accident. Outside of the emotional impact of their loss, this victim’s family may also be feeling the financial impact of their loved one’s death. If they are able to demonstrate to a Louisiana court that the driver police say is responsible for the car wreck was negligent and that his actions caused or contributed to the death of their family member, they may be able to achieve their own sense of justice along with an award of the costs and damages sustained as a result of the victim’s death.