Almost any motorized vehicle has the potential to cause a car accident. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are what most Louisiana residents may first think of regarding these incidents. Some stranger vehicles such as golf carts and even riding lawn mowers have also been the cause of a car accident death.
Louisiana readers may be surprised to discover that a young woman driving a golf cart ended up facing criminal charges. Earlier this year, the 18-year-old woman was driving a golf cart on La. 24 when a car driven by a 63-year-old man attempted to swerve around the golf cart to avoid hitting it. The attempt caused the motorist to veer off of the road and straight into a tree. Reports indicate that the woman was impaired at the time of the crash.
The victim suffered serious head injuries and succumbed to those injuries just six days later. The teenage driver took a Breathalyzer test that showed her blood alcohol level was higher than the limit for someone under the age of 21. The woman was charged with negligent homicide and was originally sentenced to five years before her charges were reduced. She now must provide 240 hours of service to the community, $1,500 in fines and be on probation for three years.
Many Louisiana residents realize that everyone makes mistakes. However, serious mistakes such as the one in this golf cart versus car accident death can have a lasting effect on all those involved. The family of the deceased driver may still wish to file a wrongful death claim against the young woman. Any financial restitution awarded through a successfully litigated civil claim may help ease the financial burdens associated with the loss of a loved one.
Source: wwl.com, Teen pleads guilty in fatal crash involving golf cart, No author, Jan. 7, 2014