Choosing an individual to watch over one's children may be one of the hardest decisions that a parent may have to make. When that trusted person makes a decision that causes injuries to a child under his or her care, parents are understandably distraught. One Louisiana family recently experienced this when a babysitter caused a DUI accident that injured two children.
According to the report, the sitter was transporting two young children after she purportedly had ingested intoxicating substances. An eyewitness stated that the driver was traveling down the local highway when her vehicle suddenly crossed over into the wrong lane. In an apparent attempt to correct her course, the woman over-steered and ran off the side of the road.
Her car then collided with a hydrant and then a telephone post. The children in the rear seat were found on the floor of the vehicle between the front and rear seats. Neither child was properly restrained. Bystanders purportedly removed the youngsters before emergency workers arrived. The 1-year-old child suffered two broken bones, and the 4-year-old victim suffered a skull fracture and broken shoulder.
Louisiana police arrested the woman for causing the DUI accident. She is facing several charges, including negligently causing vehicular injuries. The current conditions of the young victims have not been released. The child who suffered the head injury may have a lengthy recovery, and it is unknown what lingering physical or mental complications may manifest during the course of the victim's recovery. The parents may choose to seek the advice of a personal injury attorney to determine whether to file a civil suit against the babysitter to offset the monetary costs for the harm she has caused.
Source: wbrz.com, "Slidell Police: Babysitter arrested for drunk driving crash; children injured", Alicia Serrano, May 2, 2017