It has been said that traveling in an airplane can be safer than traveling by a motor vehicle. Truth be told, most people travel more often by a vehicle than a plane, increasing the risk of a car accident. When serious car accidents occur, life-altering injuries and/or death are possibilities. One Louisiana man was recently sentenced to jail following his involvement in a tragic collision.
The 29-year-old was driving southbound on a local street just prior to the collision. At some point he crossed over into the oncoming traffic in the northbound lanes, resulting in a head-on collision with another vehicle. After his car spun and collided with two empty parked vehicles, his vehicle came to a stop.
Sadly, the 88-year-old man in the other vehicle suffered serious injuries despite reportedly wearing proper safety restraints. He did not survive to be transported to a medical center for treatment. The younger driver and his passenger also suffered injuries, but survived the collision. Initially, authorities did not suspect the younger driver was driving under the influence, but blood tests indicated otherwise. It is unknown what drugs were in his system at the time of the collision.
The younger driver is facing criminal charges related to his impaired driving that resulted in the death of the other driver. No matter the outcome in criminal court, the family of the deceased victim has the legal right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court. Victims or family members of deceased victims of car accidents may find it difficult to cope with the unexpected financial expenses in the aftermath of a serious collision. Many turn to the support and guidance of a personal injury attorney to assess the circumstances and determine the best way forward.
Source: theadvocate.com, “Man jailed this week in connection with deadly car crash in Metairie earlier this year“, Ramon Antonio Vargas, Oct. 25, 2017