Two bicyclists have lost their lives after being struck by a car, following a parade in Louisiana. In addition, several other people suffered serious injuries in the car accident. Officials recently reported that the man who is said to have caused the accident was driving while intoxicated at the time of the collision.
Police said that the man's blood alcohol level was .14 following the collision. However, when the wreck occurred, his blood alcohol level may have been near .215. That is nearly triple the state's legal limit.
Authorities said that the man refused to take a Breathalyzer test after the accident. However, they pursued a warrant so that they could have the man's blood drawn. After police secured the warrant, the man was taken to the hospital for a blood draw procedure. He now faces charges of hit and run as well as vehicular homicide, and his jail bond was set to over half a million dollars.
In addition to facing legal trouble in the criminal justice system, the man who allegedly caused the Louisiana accident may also face trouble in civil court. That is because the family members of the two bicyclists who died in the accident may choose to file wrongful death claims against him, seeking damages. Likewise, the individuals who suffered serious injuries may file personal injury claims against him. Liability must be established in civil court before monetary damage claims will be determined. If the plaintiffs are successful in their cases, they may receive damage awards that might help with covering medical bills, burial costs and other crash-related losses.