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Families believe allegedly negligent driver should be charged

Being injured in an accident is traumatizing enough. However, when it appears that an allegedly negligent driver is not held accountable for causing those injuries, then frustration may make the situation seem worse. Even if the criminal justice system does not apply in some circumstances, a Louisiana victim may still evaluate the merits of filing a civil suit against a driver who may be responsible for injuries and the resulting medical expenses.

Recently, families and friends of two people injured in an accident attended a meeting held by their community to seek answers concerning the incident. Town officials did not allow those attendees to speak during the proceedings as they had not been added to the official agenda. Family members are urging authorities to take action against the driver who hit two women in a pedestrian accident. Though one victim did suffer a broken bone in the collision, no further details were provided concerning the nature or severity of their injuries though they were both transported to a local hospital.

Police stated that they did not have sufficient cause to arrest the driver at the time of the accident as he reportedly was cleared by a drug screen administered afterward. The two victims were interviewed at the medical facility by a Louisiana officer. Police also reported that a witness has declined to offer an account of the accident which has stalled the investigation.

The families have stated their resolve to draw attention to what they consider a failure on the part of the police to pursue justice for their loved ones. The driver identified by police was on probation at the time for an alleged drug conviction and they believe that played a role in the collision. Regardless of the eventual outcome of the criminal investigation, the victims may choose to seek the advice of a personal injury attorney as to the feasibility of filing a civil suit against this possibly negligent driver in an effort to receive compensation for the monetary losses that they have sustained as a result of this accident.

Source:, "Family of Winnsboro women hit by car demand justice at town council meeting", Nick Picht, Feb. 22, 2017

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