Numerous stories appear in the media here in Louisiana on a fairly consistent basis regarding accidents in which someone is injured. The injuries suffered by those involved vary from minor to fatal. In many cases, when there is a car accident death, the driver deemed responsible faces criminal charges.
For example, a 24-year-old man was recently taken into custody by troopers with the Louisiana State Police on suspicion of vehicular homicide and reckless operation, in addition to other charges. The man -- who was driving the car -- and a passenger were traveling on Interstate 10 when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle bounced off the left guardrail and then the right one, spinning as it did so.
Before the car came to a stop, it hit another vehicle on the highway. At some point during the crash, the passenger was thrown out of the vehicle. The passenger's injuries were fatal, but it was not reported whether he died at the scene or at a local hospital. Further, it is unclear if the driver suffered any injuries. Interestingly, when police questioned the driver about the identity of the passenger, they say he refused to give them any information.
The investigation is ongoing. It is likely that the troopers will be able to locate the victim's family. The family retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver. If it is proved that the driver was negligent in a manner that caused or contributed to this car accident death, the family may be awarded damages by a Louisiana court that could alleviate the financial burden undoubtedly placed on the victim's family because of this tragedy.
Source: therepublic.com, "Unidentified man killed in 2 car accident on Interstate 10 west of LaPlace", , Aug. 4, 2014