The dangerous effects that drinking and driving have on drivers and passengers on the highways are well-known to most Louisiana residents. The slowed reactions and impaired judgment can cause a fatal car accident in a matter of seconds. For two men that were traveling on Interstate 55 around 4:30 am one recent morning, those deadly effects would become all too apparent.
These two men were both killed, and one of them is suspected of driving under the influence. The driver police believe was impaired was a 32-year-old man from Franklington. As he traveled north on Interstate 55 between Ruddock and Manchac, he did so in the southbound lanes where he collided with an oncoming car. A third victim of this accident was a 59-year-old man who was attempting to avoid the crash, but hit the guardrail. Reportedly, he suffered what were thought to be only minor injuries and denied any sort of treatment at the scene.
The driver of the impacted car was a 31-year-old man and the father of four children. He was en route to work when the suspected drunk driver slammed into him. The wrong-way driver succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The victim of the crash, who was from Tickfaw, initially survived the wreck and was transported to an area hospital where he later died from the life-threatening injuries that he suffered because of the head-on collision.
According to Louisiana authorities, the results of a toxicology screening are still pending in connection with this car accident. Regardless of the results, the family of the deceased father may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim against the estate of the deceased driver for damages, including medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses and other damages associated with the victim's death. Should the other driver's injuries turn out to be more serious than at first thought, he might think about filing a personal injury claim seeking to recover his damages such as medical expenses and lost wages.
Source: fox8live.com, I-55 accident kills Tickfaw father of 4, No author, March 11, 2014