A motor vehicle accident in Louisiana recently claimed the life of one individual. It also led to serious injuries. The accident happened on a Saturday, and one of the drivers involved in the crash is said to have been drinking and driving at the time of the accident.
According to authorities, a professor of composition and theory at a university in another state was driving a car. His car was struck by a vehicle that reportedly blew through a red light. A passenger in the professor's car, a former airport human resource vice president, passed away at a medical center following the accident. He was 54 years old.
Another passenger in this car suffered injuries and was transported to the hospital. He used to be a Catholic priest. The professor was found to have been drinking and driving at the time of the crash and thus currently faces a DUI charge along with a charge of reckless operation.
The family members of the passenger who died in the Louisiana crash have the right to file a wrongful death claim as a result of this car accident. In addition, the other passenger who suffered serious injuries may opt to file a personal injury claim, seeking damages. A preponderance of the evidence is necessary to establish liability before the civil court hearing the case, based upon a showing of negligence. Once that occurs, a judge will decide claims for damages. A monetary award may help to cover funeral costs, hospital bills and other financial losses tied to the car accident.
Source: commercialappeal.com, "U of M professor cited in Louisiana crash", Wayne Risher, May 24, 2016