Many Louisiana residents would debate whether having to urinate would be considered an emergency worth pulling over on one of the many bridges along Interstate 10. However, that is just what one driver did recently. This decision led to two serious accidents in which one person died and three people were injured.
While the driver got out of the car, the passenger remained in it. A pickup truck came along, and in an attempt to avoid hitting the man who needed to relieve himself, veered to the right. The pickup them slammed into the stopped car the man had been driving. When troopers arrived at approximately 1 a.m., they discovered that the 21-year-old passenger suffered fatal injuries in the impact.
The pickup truck driver suffered critical injuries and was taken to an area hospital. When another trooper with the Louisiana State Police arrived at the scene at around 1:45 a.m. with emergency lights activated, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the patrol car. Fortunately, the trooper and the other driver suffered only minor injuries.
As a result of these two related car accidents, three people are facing charges. In the fatal crash, the pickup truck driver faces charges that could include DUI since he is suspected of having been impaired. The driver who stopped to urinate -- who escaped injury -- also faces unknown charges. Finally, the driver of the vehicle that struck the trooper's patrol car also faces impairment and other charges.
The second accident may not result in any civil action since the injuries were apparently minor. Nevertheless, the family of the deceased passenger in the first crash retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the parties believed to be responsible for his death. If they are able to show that the negligence of one or more parties caused his fatal injuries, surviving family members could be awarded damages typically seen in serious accidents.
Source: arklatexhomepage.com, "One dies, three injured in crash", Nancy Cook, June 5, 2016