When a family loses a loved one through the negligence of another, it can be difficult to understand why authorities may not contemplate criminal charges. Every fatal accident in Louisiana is tragic, but the actions of the driver or drivers involved may not always rise to the level of being considered criminal. That does not mean, however, that the family cannot find closure or some sense of justice for the loved one they lost.
For example, a pedestrian was recently walking down a service road when he was hit by a northbound passenger car. The impact threw him into the northbound lane. Another vehicle, a pickup truck, hit the man a second time.
The 27-year-old pedestrian suffered fatal injuries at the scene. The drivers of the vehicles that hit him did not suffer any injuries, according to reports. Louisiana authorities are still investigating the incident, and so far, charges are not advised against either driver.
No further details on exactly what happened when the first car hit the man were forthcoming at this time. It may be determined by officials that this was nothing more than a tragic accident, and the matter will be closed. However, that may not be enough for the victim’s family.
The family retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against both of the drivers involved in this fatal accident. This gives the family the opportunity to seek financial restitution for the monetary damages they sustained as a result of their loss. If the court is satisfied that the family has proved negligence on the part of one or both of the drivers, an award of damages may be considered.