The loss of a loved one can be a challenging thing to accept, perhaps especially in the case of a tragic accident. Should an untimely death occur due to the negligence of another party, surviving family members may opt to pursue restitution through a wrongful death claim. A recent car accident in Louisiana claimed the life of a 31-year-old man, and left another facing criminal charges.
According to reports, the accident took place around 8 p.m. on a recent Sunday evening when a woman was backing out of her driveway. The man was riding his motorcycle nearby at the time, and was apparently unable to react quickly enough to avoid a collision, hitting the back side of her vehicle. He was subsequently tossed from the bike and pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Although initial investigations suggested he may have been speeding at the time, police have also advised that intoxication was a contributing factor. A breath test reportedly indicated that the woman's blood alcohol content exceeded the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle. She was taken into custody and is currently facing charges for driving while intoxicated and vehicular homicide.
The extensive costs of end-of-life expenses may only add to the stress of losing someone close. Those who experience a similar tragedy may wish to pursue restitution through the civil justice system, potentially prompting a need for guidance in the process. By speaking with an experienced attorney, a client in Louisiana could gain some much-needed advice on how to pursue the compensation deserved through a wrongful death claim against the party deemed at fault.
Source: katc.com, "Driver booked for DWI in fatal crash", Sept. 4, 2017