The vulnerability of a motorcyclist traveling on Louisiana highways cannot be overstated. Safety training, defensive driving, and utilizing safety equipment can all help keep a motorcycle operator safe, but the fact remains that when motorcycle accidents occur, the results can be catastrophic. Such was the case recently in Denham Springs when a man lost his life after a collision with a car.
The fatality occurred in Livingston Parish on Jan. 18 around 6:00 a.m. A 43-year-old Greenwell Springs man was traveling westbound on his motorcycle when an eastbound car driven by a 30-year-old female, also a resident of Greenwell Springs, crossed the center line and struck the man head-on. The motorcyclist sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The automobile driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The reason for the car crossing into the other lane is still being investigated. Toxicology samples have been taken from both drivers. According to troopers from the Louisiana State Police, the woman is suspected to have been impaired at the time of the crash. She has been charged with vehicular homicide and driving left of center and was to be booked into the Livingston Parish jail upon her release from the hospital.
With the passing of the family member as the result of the actions of the vehicle driver in this incident, the survivors of the motorcyclist may be entitled to damages. Whether or not the driver is found guilty of any criminal charges that have been placed against her, the family of the deceased motorcyclist can pursue financial compensation in a Louisiana civil court to seek recompense for the medical and funeral expenses that resulted from the crash. An attorney well-versed in investigations of motorcycle accidents can bring the facts of the incident together and construct a strong and concise case to argue for a monetary award for the family.
Source: brproud.com, "Greenwell Springs woman arrested after fatal crash with motorcycle in Livingston Parish", Ariana Triggs, Jan. 19, 2017