The more that Louisiana residents drive, the greater the possibility is that they could become lax when it comes to their duty to their passengers and others on the roadways. Most people become comfortable with their driving abilities and may allow themselves to become distracted or to believe they can drive while impaired. Unfortunately, some of these drivers cause a serious or fatal accident that was preventable if only they had been paying attention or not gotten behind the wheel while impaired.
A warning about the failure to meet this duty was included in a recent report regarding an accident in which one person died and another suffered injuries. The Louisiana State Police are not yet sure whether impairment was a factor in the crash, but a blood sample taken from the driver was sent for analysis. Troopers are still investigating.
Preliminary reports, however, show that the vehicle was heading north on LA 308 in Lafourche Parish. The driver failed to negotiate a curve, which caused the vehicle to go through the intersection and hit a driveway at an angle. The angle of impact caused the car to become airborne and slam into two utility poles on the side of the vehicle where the passenger was sitting.
At some point during the crash, the driver was ejected from the vehicle. He suffered only moderate injuries, though his current condition is not known. The passenger initially survived the crash and was taken to a local hospital. During transport to University Medical Center in New Orleans, she succumbed to her injuries.
The deceased passenger’s family retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver. Successfully establishing that his negligent actions caused or substantially contributed to the death of their loved one could result in the consideration of a monetary judgment by the court. The family could use any restitution received to defray the financial losses incurred because of this fatal accident.