There are many methods of transportation in today’s world. Everything from cars and trucks to motorcycles are used to get around town. Where as many Louisiana residents most likely and probably prefer the aforementioned methods, some people may still use a bicycle or even walk on city streets or along the highway, which can sometimes lead to a serious or fatal car accident.
Unfortunately, in New Orleans, this is just what happened to one man. Two law enforcement agencies are investigating the case of a man recently found on Interstate 10 just after 2 a.m. No details regarding the identity of the victim have been released. Authorities have little to go on at this time.
The Louisiana State Police and the New Orleans Police Departments report that a tractor-trailer was traveling westbound in the outside, right-hand lane when it ran over a body in the roadway near the Carrollton off ramp. A preliminary report suggests that the victim was slammed into by another vehicle prior to the contact with the semi. The question of whether the victim was still alive before the point of contact with the semi-truck may take some time to answer.
The joint investigation into this fatal car accident is ongoing. In the meantime, the main task should be to determine the identity of the deceased victim, not only to aid in ascertaining why he was on the highway in the first place, but also to inform his loved ones of his passing. Secondly, authorities will work to track down the party deemed responsible for the victim’s death so the victim’s family may get some sense of closure. When the party has been identified and brought to justice, the family may file a wrongful death claim against that individual for monetary damages to help defray the costs associated with the sudden death of their loved one. To prevail, it will be necessary to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the victim injuries and death were caused by the negligence another party.
Source: wwltv.com, “Pedestrian dies after being hit on I-10 near Carrollton”, , Aug. 18, 2014