Driving under the influence seriously compromises a Louisiana driver's ability to control a vehicle. Reaction times are diminished, and an impaired driver may have a hard time following the rules of the road. For these reasons and more, drunk driving regularly leads to accidents.
Louisiana State Police believe that a northbound driver on LA 16 who struck three vehicles was impaired at the time. As the 58-year-old man traveled north on the highway, he drifted into the southbound lane and sideswiped a vehicle. His vehicle then veered into the southbound lane again and collided head-on with another vehicle, kept going and sideswiped yet another one before coming to a rest.
The 19-year-old woman in the vehicle that was struck head-on died from the injuries she suffered in the crash. The other three drivers, including the man suspected of being drunk, received only minor injuries. The northbound driver was taken to the Livingston Parish Detention Center. He faces several charges, including DWI and negligent homicide.
If Louisiana prosecutors secure a conviction for drunk driving, negligent homicide or another crime connected to the accident, the family of the deceased driver may use that information to help establish that the death of their loved one was due to the driver's negligence. When added to other submitted evidence, such as the results of an accident reconstruction, this type of information could help the court reach a decision. Negligence is a vital component of any wrongful death action and is necessary before the court will consider an award of damages.
Source: wafb.com, "Denham Springs man arrested after crash that killed 19-year-old.", Oct. 2, 2015