When asked to name the most common things that lead to a distracted driver, Louisiana residents would probably list the most commonly thought of source first, the cell phone and associated text messaging. Reaching for that phone or other objects, adjusting temperature or radio controls, and eating and drinking are other actions that lead to distraction. But a recent accident on a Louisiana highway apparently caused by a distracted driver brought to light a cause that would rarely be considered a distraction -- a conversation with a passenger.
On Dec. 28 a collision occurred between two cars at 5:30 p.m. on LA 44 in St. John The Baptist Parish. The Louisiana State Police said that a car traveling north crossed into the southbound lane and collided with an oncoming car. The driver of the car that was struck was pronounced dead at the scene while a passenger of the same vehicle died later at the hospital. A second passenger suffered minor injuries.
The driver of the northbound vehicle, a 21-year-old male, along with his 20-year-old male passenger, suffered moderate injuries as a result of the accident. The driver said that he was distracted by a conversation he was having with his passenger which led to him wandering into the southbound lane. The police say that there was no suspicion of excessive speed or impairment being involved but that standard tests were run and the results are forthcoming.
The state police say that an inattentive and distracted driver is the leading cause of collisions in the state of Louisiana. The victims of these crashes, whether it be the injured parties or the family members of those lost in them, are forced to deal with the physical and emotional wounds that result from these accidents. Additionally, extreme financial burdens can be caused by such things as wage loss, medical expense, property damage and funeral expense. An attorney dedicated to personal injury and wrongful death accidents can help determine if liability on part of the distracted driver can be proved in a Louisiana civil court and if a monetary award could be gained, helping to alleviate these financial strains.
Source: wwltv.com, "LSP: Distracted Driving Causes Fatal Crash on Highway", Dec. 29, 2016