A man's life was recently snatched away in a Louisiana car wreck. The head-on car crash happened on a Monday at around 5 a.m. In cases where fatal car accidents happen because of a driver's carelessness, the driver may be held financially responsible in civil court.
Police reported that a 20-year-old man was operating a car while going west on a street at a high rate of speed. The man then went over the center line of the roadway while he was trying to maneuver a curve. He ended up hitting a pickup truck.
There was a 22-year-old male passenger in the car. He and the two drivers were transported to the hospital, where the passenger ended up dying. The driver of the car remained in intensive care, while the pickup truck driver, whose condition was deemed to be stable, suffered moderate injuries. Authorities obtained blood samples to determine if impairment was a causal factor in the collision, and they said charges were pending.
The surviving family members of the car passenger who died in the collision may decide to file a wrongful death claim against the driver of the car, seeking the reimbursement of damages associated with these types of car accidents. The driver of the pickup appears to have grounds for a personal injury claim. If the car driver ends up being criminally charged and convicted regarding the Louisiana accident, proof of the conviction may be presented in civil court in an attempt to establish liability regarding the accident. Once liability has been established to the satisfaction of the civil court hearing the case, claims for monetary damages will be decided.
Source: nola.com, "Passenger killed in head-on crash in Ponchatoula", Kim Chatelain, Sept. 20, 2016