The Baton Rouge Police Department is asking the public for its help in locating a vehicle believed to be responsible for the death of a bicycle rider. The vehicle involved in the car accident was last seen in the 6900 block of Airline Highway. Reports indicate that the car is a green or blue older model Pontiac with large wheels.
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.
When Louisiana drivers make mistakes behind the wheel, accidents can happen. In most cases, drivers are willing to take responsibility -- and not break the law -- by remaining at the scene. However, drivers in some car crashes believe that if they drive away, they will not have to face the repercussions. They do not consider the fact that if they are discovered, the consequences could be far more severe.
High-speed police chases can quickly become dangerous for not only the suspect and police involved, but for any Louisiana residents who happen to be on the roadways at the time. It is the responsibility of law enforcement officials to safeguard the public during these pursuits. When they fail to do so, a car accident is often the result.
It might be difficult to get through a day without reading a story about a car crash somewhere in Louisiana. One news story might report a vehicle accident with relatively few injuries while another story focuses on a car accident death. Recently, one local Louisiana police department had the sad duty of reporting a single-car accident in which one person died.
Louisiana parishes seem to be plagued by lawsuits resulting from police chases. Car crashes are a real possibility during police pursuits, and depending on the circumstances, those accidents can be serious and even deadly. Some people believe that the many pursuits are reckless and unwarranted.
A small town here in Louisiana is mourning the loss of its mayor, who died unexpectedly. He was involved in a two-car accident recently in which he suffered fatal injuries. Four other people were injured in the same crash.
Under the best of circumstances, a Louisiana driver may not see a bicyclist, which could result in an accident. When that driver has been drinking, the probability of him or her paying enough attention to see a bicycle rider decreases exponentially. Due to the inherent vulnerability of that rider, a car accident death is a real possibility.
Every day across the country, an accident happens that involves a driver who is impaired. Some of those drunk driving accidents end up with at least one party seriously or fatally injured. Law enforcement officials here in Louisiana and across the country agree that these are some of the most preventable accidents.
Winter weather brings treacherous driving conditions in its wake. Cities, counties and the state of Louisiana are responsible for ensuring that the public roadways are safe for travel. A woman who was recently involved in a car accident during inclement weather says that the roadway she was traveling was not properly cleared, which led to her injuries.