There are two courts of law that an individual may experience if he or she has been found to break the law or harm another individual by alleged acts of negligence. Individuals could face charges in criminal court, and they could also face a lawsuit in civil court from alleged victims or families of deceased victims. Recently, a man was sentenced in criminal court for his actions in a drunk driving accident. Apart from his criminal sentence, he could face a wrongful death lawsuit in a Louisiana civil court.
The crash occurred in 2015 at an intersection with a stop light. Reportedly, the 28-year-old male driver did not stop at a red light and crashed into a 25-year-old woman's vehicle. The woman lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a utility pole.
The man complicated his legal situation by fleeing the scene of the crash, but he was later located by authorities. The man's blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit, and he was arrested. Sadly, the woman suffered serious injuries and died as a result. The man has been given a 10-year prison sentence.
Not all negligent drivers will face charges in criminal court, but when there is evidence of negligent driving, drivers may face consequences in civil court. Families of deceased victims may wish to speak with a skilled Louisiana attorney about their own options to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A lawsuit will not alter the outcome of a tragic situation, but it may help bring a family closure.