A warm summer Louisiana evening was upended recently after a violent incident occurred. The fatal accident left one man dead and another under arrest. Now, police are investigating to determine what other criminal charges, including DWI, will be issued.
According to a report, the car involved in the fatal accident was traveling on a Louisiana highway just prior to the incident. The driver apparently smashed into a bicycle that was also on the roadway. The impact gravely injured the bicyclist. Police say the driver of the car left the scene of the crash without remaining to assist the victim.
After a short search, the car driver was apparently found and taken into custody. It appears that he has faced drunk driving and other charges as many as five times in the past. Additional criminal charges in this case may come after police complete their investigation of this incident. He may also face a personal injury claim from the surviving family of the deceased victim.
A wrongful death claim often follows a fatal accident in Louisiana. In cases such as the one involving the bicyclist, it is the surviving family of the victim who are able to make a claim. Claims typically seek monetary awards for economic losses, including end-of-life expenses and lost income, as well as noneconomic losses. In many instances, families find that an experienced personal injury attorney can help them navigate the personal injury process in a way that allows them to achieve the best award possible to help ease some of the pain of the devastating loss of a loved one.
Source: klfy.com, "Sheriff: Man arrested in fatal crash near Rayne had 5 previous DWI charges", Nick Gremillion and Logan Reever, July 24, 2017