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.
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.
It can be difficult enough for passenger vehicles to come to a sudden stop at highway speeds when the traffic ahead has significantly slowed or come to a stop. Tractor-trailers require even larger distances to come to a stop than passenger vehicles, and many Louisiana drivers would say that there is no such thing as a sudden stop for one of these behemoths with which they must share the highways. Truck drivers who follow the traffic in front of them too closely may be unable to stop if needed, which causes numerous 18-wheeler accidents.
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.
A Louisiana woman's 3-year-old son may not yet understand that his mom will never be coming home again, but that does not mean that he cannot feel her loss. Her sudden death in a car accident recently has left him without a mother. Now, the boy's grandmother is struggling to focus on caring for him as she grieves the loss of her eldest child.
Louisiana men and women who work at road construction sites assume risks that other construction workers do not have to think about. Vehicles are always speeding by these individuals, and many of them are especially vulnerable if they are not afforded the protection of being inside a vehicle. Road construction site accidents occur far too often on America's roadways, and far too many are deadly.
One of the hallmarks of turning 15 is the ability to get a learner's permit for driving. In Louisiana, new drivers who only have such a permit must follow certain rules in order to be on the roads. A 15-year-old driver was apparently on the road in violation of those rules at the time of his 14-year-old passenger's sudden death.
Each year, numerous people around the country, and here in Louisiana, are killed by drivers who get behind the wheel of their vehicles after drinking. These drunk driving accidents are some of the most preventable and tragic crashes that occur, since the driver made the choice to operate a vehicle even though he or she was impaired. Police believe that a 23-year-old man recently made this choice and caused an accident that took the lives of two men.
Louisiana residents may be used to seeing reports of accidents involving large trucks and cars. It is not uncommon for the occupants of passenger vehicles to suffer severe injuries and even death, while the occupants of the trucks suffer little or no injuries. However, in an accident that recently occurred in New Orleans, the situation was quite the opposite and may lead to a wrongful death claim.
A family who recently lost a loved on living in Louisiana is upset by the outcome of the investigation into his death. His sudden death occurred when he was struck by a vehicle. However, police do not believe that the actions of the driver that hit him were criminal.