Louisiana drivers can likely recall their teen years, and how excited they were to get their driver’s license. After months of preparation, and passing the all-important road test, new drivers likely feel a sense of pride and excitement as they finally are allowed to take the wheel and make their way independently toward adulthood. Unfortunately, no amount of preparation can take the place of experience, and teen drivers are at a high risk of being involved in serious car accidents.
In June 2018, a 17-year-old driver, who police have not identified by name, was traveling on Highway 6 when he somehow lost control and his vehicle careened off the road. Tragically, before the vehicle came to rest, it struck a local pastor who was jogging on the shoulder of the road. The victim, who was married with two sons, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver was wearing a seat belt and suffered only minor injuries. After being treated at a local hospital, the teen was charged with careless operation, and more charges may be pending. Louisiana police are still investigating the crash, and a toxicology report is pending. Police say they have not yet determined the exact cause of the incident, but they do remind the public that distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents in Louisiana.
When serious car accidents occur, and a loved one is severely injured or killed, it can be difficult for families and loved ones to know where to turn for help. In addition to dealing with grief and shock, there are also other matters that must be attended to. In many cases, victims or their families may chose to seek the aid of an experienced attorney, who may be able to assist them in seeking reimbursement for medical bills, funeral expenses, insurance matters and other applicable financial losses.