Nearly every Louisiana driver has driven above the posted speed limit on occasion. In most cases, the worst that may happen is a driver getting a speeding ticket. However, on occasion, speeding can lead to a serious or fatal car accident.
A 27-year-old Louisiana man surely did not think that his speeding would lead to a crash in the early morning hours of a recent Sunday morning. It was about 5:15 a.m. when the man was heading to work on Interstate 10 westbound. Somehow, his vehicle slammed into an SUV with enough force to cause the SUV to fly off the roadway into the grassy area beyond the shoulder.
The 66-year-old driver of the SUV was properly restrained when the accident occurred. Unfortunately, it was not enough to save his life. The driver whose vehicle struck the SUV was examined at a local hospital before being taken to the police station.
He allegedly admitted to police that he was speeding. So far, he is facing charges of driving recklessly and driving without a valid driver’s license. Officials believe more charges may be filed against him.
While authorities make that determination, the family of the victim is grieving for their loss. As they prepare to bury their loved one, the financial impact of this fatal car accident may quickly become apparent. The family retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver deemed responsible for his death. Successfully proving negligence could lead the court to consider an award of damages that could help defray the financial burdens the family is incurring.