Despite the ongoing efforts by various companies and organizations to educate the general public about the potential dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, there are those in Louisiana and across the country who continue to do so. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents can frequently result from such a decision, often with fatal consequences. In fact, one man recently lost his life in an accident believed to have been caused by an intoxicated driver.
The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 one morning on a day in late June. According to reports, the 24-year-old victim was a passenger in a sedan driven by a 30-year-old man. Police say that the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to exit the roadway and strike a tree before overturning. All four occupants were ejected.
One of the passengers passed away at the hospital as a result of the injuries he suffered in the crash. The two other passengers and the driver are said to have suffered moderate injuries. Police claim impairment played a role in the crash, and the driver is now facing multiple criminal charges, including careless operation and vehicular homicide.
Surviving family members of fatal motor vehicle accidents are frequently unprepared for the news of the unexpected loss of their loved ones. Many struggle with funeral expenses, medical bills and lost wages. As a result, they seek justice in a Louisiana civil court. If they can prove that their loss was the result of another's negligence -- a claim that would be supported by a conviction of criminal charges stemming from the accident -- they could receive an award of damages to help them with the financial ramifications of their loss.
Source: klfy.com, "Crowley man charged in early morning crash that killed Rayne man", June 24, 2017