Most Louisiana motorists know the rules of the road, including those that apply to the right of way. No matter what kind of vehicle they may drive, everyone is entitled to the same road and is obligated to obey all traffic laws. When a driver fails to do so, an auto accident can occur such as the one that recently took the life of a man on a motorized scooter.
According to Louisiana State Police, the 36-year-old driver of the powered scooter was approaching an intersection. As he did so, a 55-year-old man driving a pickup truck suddenly entered the roadway directly into the path of the scooter. This caused the man on the powered scooter to slam into the side of the truck.
The victim was transported to a local hospital. Unfortunately, despite the effort of both the emergency medical technicians at the scene and the hospital medical staff, the man succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the pickup truck has since been arrested and charged with the negligent death of the scooter rider and failure to yield to the right of way. He was booked and taken to the Jefferson Parrish Correctional Center.
Louisiana authorities do not believe contributing factors such as speed or alcohol were at play at the scene of this auto accident. Other options, including other forms of driver distraction, are being investigated. The family of the deceased scooter rider may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim against the driver of the pickup truck. Any contributing factors discovered by authorities may provide evidence of negligence in a civil proceeding. If negligence is proved, the court may consider an award of damages.