Drivers who are deemed responsible for crashes on the state's roadways are typically held responsible for their actions. When Louisiana State Police troopers investigate an accident, they are not only attempting to ascertain what happened. They are also attempting to determine whether the actions of any of the drivers involved -- or another party -- could be considered criminal, especially if the incident involved a car accident death.
Troopers say that charges are pending in an accident that occurred recently on U.S. 171. Reportedly, the investigation remains open. Preliminary reports suggest that the driver of a pickup truck somehow lost control of his vehicle and careened through the median and into oncoming traffic. A school bus driver saw the pickup heading toward him and did what he could to avoid the crash.
Unfortunately, he was unable to move the bus out of the way, and the two vehicles collided. Thankfully, there were no children on the bus, and the driver suffered only minor injuries. The three occupants of the pickup truck did not fare as well, however.
One of the passengers, a 22-year-old man, suffered fatal injuries at the scene. The 21-year-old driver and the other passenger, a 25-year-old man, were both seriously injured. Their current conditions are unknown.
While the Louisiana State Police finish their investigation, and prosecutors decide if criminal charges are appropriate, the family of the deceased passenger and the surviving passenger retain the right to file civil actions against the pickup driver. A successful wrongful death claim filed by the family, based upon appropriate proof of negligence, could result in an award of damages typically seen in cases involving a car accident death. The injured passenger may be entitled to monetary damages to help with his medical expenses, lost wages and other financial losses incurred due to the crash.
Source: kplctv.com, "UPDATE: Authorities identify man killed in bus-truck crash", Anne Robicheaux, May 14, 2015