On every road there are signs to inform a driver of the speed limit in the area and help control the flow of traffic. Individuals who break these traffic laws may be less capable on reacting to certain driving scenarios, and car accidents that take place under similar circumstances can be disastrous. A police officer in Louisiana has been arrested and charged with negligent homicide after a recent collision led to the wrongful death of a 1-year-old girl.
According to law enforcement agents, the incident occurred as the off-duty officer was attempting to turn left at a traffic light. Upon maneuvering the turn, his vehicle slammed into the passenger side of a car that was carrying a total of seven individuals. One of the passengers in the car was a young child who passed away shortly after being rushed to a medical facility for treatment of injuries suffered.
Following the incident, the officer was placed on administrative leave while an investigation into the incident was performed. Following the investigation, he was taken into custody and charged with negligent homicide and speeding. As for the family, losing a child is a devastating experience that no one should ever have to endure, and when this loss comes at the hands of a negligent driver, the surviving loved ones of the victim may wish to hold the responsible party accountable through the civil justice system.
In accidents where one party is deemed at fault, the family members of the deceased may be entitled to restitution, but even in the presence of criminal charges, such a process can be complex. Fortunately, there are attorneys that can assist a family in navigating the process. A personal injury attorney can examine the incident and assist a client in Louisiana in pursuing the compensation deserved through a wrongful death claim against the party deemed culpable.
Source: U.S. News & World Report, "Police Officer Arrested for Car Crash That Killed Infant", Feb. 16, 2018