Louisiana motor vehicle drivers are not only responsible for their own safety while operating a vehicle, but also for the safety of any passengers they may be driving. Legally they must also abide by speed limits and traffic laws to ensure the safety of other travelers they may encounter on roadways. When drivers fails to ensure safety for themselves and others while operating a vehicle, accidents, personal injury and/or death may occur. In accidents where fatalities occur, families of deceased victims have the legal right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court against drivers deemed negligent. Recently, a woman was arrested for vehicular homicide after a passenger in her car died following the crash of her car.
The 50-year-old woman was driving her car in the middle of day with the 59-year-old man riding in the front passenger seat. Reportedly, she was speeding, lost control and hit a pole. After hitting the pole, the vehicle ran off the road and crashed into another pole.
The passenger died before he could be treated for his injuries. The driver suffered serious injuries, but she was medically treated and survived. Blood tests apparently revealed that she was driving with cocaine in her system.
In similar car accidents where a driver’s actions may result in a fatal crash, drivers may be held responsible in civil court as well as in criminal court. Families of deceased victims can gain advice from experienced personal injury attorneys in Louisiana on how to file a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court. If monetary judgment is awarded, it will not bring back a loved one, but it may help to relieve any financial burden that resulted from an unexpected death.
Source: nola.com, “Little Woods woman charged in 2016 fatal car crash had cocaine in system: warrant“, Emily Lane, July 15, 2017