Being involved in a serious motor vehicle accident can be a stressful and daunting experience. Should the accident prove fatal, family members of the victim may be left in search of answers or justice, perhaps especially if their loss comes at the hands of a drunk driver. A recent collision in Louisiana that took place under similar circumstances has claimed the lives of a 7-month-old child and his mother, who was also pregnant with her second child.
The incident occurred on a recent Sunday just before 9 p.m., as the two were traveling home from a holiday celebration with the woman's significant other. According to reports, their vehicle was suddenly struck by another, and the impact took place in close proximity to the initial vehicle's gas tank, which caused it to erupt in flames. While the driver and the woman were rescued from the vehicle, their son was reportedly trapped within.
The child and his mother, who was pregnant at the time, were unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene soon thereafter. According to authorities, the woman who initiated the incident was fleeing the scene of another accident, and was reportedly under the influence of alcohol. She was taken into custody and is facing multiple charges in relation to the crash, including vehicular homicide.
Suffering a loss of this nature at the hands of a drunk driver can be a difficult thing to accept and may leave a person in search of restitution. Those who are forced to experience a similar circumstance could speak with an attorney for guidance throughout the process. An attorney in Louisiana can evaluate the situation thoroughly and assist a client in pursuing the full amount of compensation to which he or she is entitled through a wrongful death claim.
Source: nola.com, "Mother killed in Christmas Eve crash was pregnant, recently engaged: report", Chris Grillot, Dec. 25, 2017