As the year draws to a close, Louisiana police and safety agencies are doing the grim task of tallying the number of lives lost on the roads and highways. In a single parish, the State Police investigated 25 car accidents that included fatalities. Six of those deaths were pedestrians, and the most recent one occurred early Thanksgiving morning.
Perhaps even more tragic is that the victim of this accident was a 13-year-old boy. In the early morning hours, the teenager was walking along the shoulder of a multi-lane highway with two others when a vehicle driven by a 33-year-old Lafayette man struck him. The accident resulted in serious injuries, and medical responders transported the boy to the hospital. He died of his injuries a short time later.
Louisiana law enforcement arrested the driver of the car. Officers believe he was impaired at the time of the accident, and they charged him with DWI and vehicular homicide. His toxicology samples are currently being analyzed, and the accident is still under investigation.
The tragedy of losing a child during the holidays cannot be measured, and parents who experience the wrongful death of loved ones in car accidents likely relive the grief each year at this time. While financial compensation cannot remove such sorrow, it may provide some practical help for the difficult times ahead, including paying for medical expenses, when applicable, and the cost of a funeral. With the help of a skilled and compassionate attorney, families who lose loved ones due to the negligence of another may be able to obtain compensation for their loss.