The death of a loved one is never easy -- especially when it is caused by the actions of someone else. Recently, one family suffered the loss of a beloved family member and also had to cope with the knowledge that the death was caused by a preventable drunk driving crash. Louisiana authorities have now arrested a driver in connection with this fatal wreck.
Losing a child is something no parent should ever have to endure. Sadly, a Louisiana couple lost two when their 6-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter were killed in a car accident after an SUV struck them while they were fishing. More than two years later, the parents were awarded $4.4 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Each year, numerous Louisiana families lose loved ones in accidents in vehicles, at medical facilities or under other circumstances caused or contributed to by someone else. As they deal with the emotional impact of the death of their loved ones, the economic impact might not be seen right away. However, at some point, the financial losses associated with the unexpected loss of a loved one will become apparent.
Every day families here in Louisiana and across the country unexpectedly lose loved ones to car crashes, medical malpractice and other tragedies. As they deal with their grief and search for answers regarding what happened, many of those families discover that it was the negligence of another that took their family members from them. Surviving family members have the right to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties believed to be responsible.
Louisiana drivers know how annoying it is when they miss a turn or realize they are heading in the wrong direction. It can be tempting to turn around as soon as possible, even if it would be illegal to make a U-turn at that particular spot. However, doing so could cause end up causing a crash. A driver's disregard for traffic laws and signage could result in a car accident death.
Some Louisiana drivers who lose control of their vehicles are able to recover without ending up becoming involved in accidents. However, others are not as fortunate. In fact, a driver's loss of control was recently said to be the cause of a car accident death.
People who get behind the wheel of a car after drinking cause some of the most preventable accidents on Louisiana roadways. Their behavior indicates that they have little regard for the lives of others. Perhaps that is why a man suspected of drunk driving failed to stop after striking a woman during Mardi Gras.
Here in Louisiana, anyone with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more is presumed to be intoxicated. Even knowing this, several people are still arrested each year for driving under the influence. Intoxicated individuals often suffer from reduced inhibitions, an inability to think clearly and diminished reaction time. When a person is behind the wheel of a car while over this legal limit, the potential for a drunk driving accident immeasurably rises.
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.
Far too many Louisiana families understand the heartbreak that comes with hearing that a loved one died in a car accident. The unexpected loss of a loved one is often devastating. This is especially true if that loss came due to the wrongful acts of another person.