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Louisiana car wrecks: Fatal crash blamed on DUI

A Louisiana man recently lost his life in what police said was a DUI crash. The person who reportedly caused the collision was arrested. When car wrecks are attributed to driving under the influence, those deemed responsible may be held liable through the civil court system and also face criminal charges as well.

According to police, the recent crash took place along Louisiana on a Sunday at about 8 p.m. A 31-year-old man was driving south on the highway in a pickup truck. At that same time, a 51-year-old man was walking across the highway's southbound lanes.

Reportedly, the pickup truck collided with the pedestrian. Police said the pedestrian was then hit by another vehicle that a 41-year-old was driving. The pedestrian suffered injuries and died at the crash scene. The pickup truck driver was allegedly found to be driving under the influence and was taken into custody for vehicular homicide.

The surviving loved ones of the pedestrian who was struck and killed in this Louisiana crash may elect to file a wrongful death claim in civil court, seeking a monetary judgment for damages sustained. If the accused individual is convicted on charges related to driving under the influence, proof of the conviction/s may be presented in a civil court proceeding in an effort to establish liability in a related car accident case. One issue in such a claim may be whether the victim was also negligent in crossing the highway at night. Damages awarded in such a case may help to cover funeral expenses, loss of income and other damages associated with these types of car wrecks.

Source: wbrz.com, "Impaired driver arrested after striking and killing man in car crash", Alicia Serrano, May 9, 2016

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