Almost anyone who has a driver's license in Louisiana is aware of the dangers of driving while impaired. Obviously, the potential for causing a car accident death increases when a driver is not fully in control of his or her faculties. Whether alcohol, drugs or prescription medications impair a driver, the number of people getting behind the wheel of a car after consuming such substances seems to be on the rise.
It is believed that a recent accident on a Louisiana highway was caused by the impairment of a driver. According to Louisiana State Police, a 76-year-old man was going northbound in his pickup truck on Highway 25 around 2:30 p.m. The driver crossed over the center median directly into the southbound lane of oncoming traffic, slammed into a vehicle and caused that vehicle to be thrown off the road where it was stopped by a fence. The impact caused the pickup to roll. A third vehicle, while trying to avoid the overturned truck, was unable to avoid making contact with the victim's vehicle.
The driver of the first vehicle that was hit by the pickup truck was taken to a nearby hospital. However, despite the best efforts of first responders and hospital staff, the victim succumbed to his injuries. Miraculously, the drivers of neither the pickup truck nor the third vehicle suffered any injuries.
As the investigation into this car accident death continues, authorities have charged the driver of the pickup truck with driving while intoxicated, vehicular homicide and unsafe lane changes. In addition to facing criminal charges, the driver could find himself served with a wrongful death claim filed by the family of the deceased driver. Not only would any award of damages help the family with their financial losses associated with this crash, but it could also provide them with a sense of peace and closure regarding their loved one's death.
Source: wwltv.com, Elderly man booked with DWI in fatal crash near Folsom, No author, Feb. 4, 2014