A judge in Louisiana recently awarded the families of five individuals about $5.5 million in connection with a fatal vehicle accident that took place in 2011. Three of the five individuals who were killed in the car accident were young boys. When motor vehicle accidents occur due to driver negligence and lead to people's deaths, the victims' family members have the right to seek justice through the civil court system.
The lawsuit was filed against a 34-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, as well as their car insurance carrier. Both of these individuals were involved in the road rage-related wreck and were found to be at fault equally for the damages sustained in the wreck. The state judge called the two individuals stupid and immature.
The individuals who died in the crash, which happened along Interstate 10 eastbound, were ages 29, 19, 11, 7 and 3. The 34-year-old man is in the process of serving eight years behind bars as a result of the accident, whereas the 27-year-old woman served under one year in prison and is currently on probation. They ended up blaming each other for the collision.
If a person in Louisiana dies due to the carelessness of another driver, that person's loved ones have the right to file a wrongful death claim against the reportedly at-fault party, seeking damages. If liability is established to the court's satisfaction, claims for specific items of damage will be determined. No amount of money can undo the events leading to these kinds of fatal motor vehicle accidents, but it may help a deceased crash victim's grieving loved ones to more easily confront the financial consequences of these tragedies.
Source: theadvocate.com, "Nearly $5.5 million awarded to families of 5 killed in I-10 road rage crash in Baton Rouge", Joe Gyan, Jr., Nov. 16, 2016