A person walking along a roadway in Louisiana on a Monday afternoon is not expecting to be the victim of a fatal accident. That tragic outcome was reality for a man walking along Highway 10 near St. Francisville. He was struck by a car and died as a result of his injuries. Sadly, such car accidents are not a rare occurrence.
The man driving the car fled the scene following the collision. According to a report from the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's office, a witness to the accident made a note of the license plate and reported it to the police. The officers quickly caught up with the vehicle and its driver at a nearby McDonalds. Alcohol is not suspected to have been a factor in the accident, but a blood test was reportedly performed to test for the presence of narcotics.
Upon further investigation, it was learned that the individual in this case was allegedly involved in another fatal accident within the last four months. In the prior incident, he allegedly crossed the center line in a no-passing zone and struck an oncoming vehicle. The driver of that vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.
Possessing a driver's license provides one the privilege to drive a motor vehicle. With that privilege comes the responsibility to follow the laws that govern driving in the state of Louisiana. Failure to comply with those laws can result not only in car accidents but also in serious consequences. Family members left mourning the loss of a loved one in such a tragedy become additional victims. Nothing can turn back time and bring the loved one back to life, but a successfully litigated civil lawsuit against the party deemed responsible can provide compensation for final costs and other verifiable losses.