No matter how many stories are featured on the local news about the latest drunk driving crash, countless motorists continue to engage in dangerous behaviors. Sadly, those who suffer the most harm from an impaired driver's negligence tend to be innocent victims killed in a fatal accident simply by being on the road at the wrong time. A serious Louisiana car crash may forever change the lives of everyone involved.
State police were called to the scene of a fiery crash on a recent early Saturday morning. Officials stated that the driver believed to be responsible demonstrated signs of intoxication and purportedly admitted having ingested several alcoholic beverages before getting behind the wheel of his vehicle. In addition, officers found substances that appeared to be illegal narcotics on his person after the driver claimed to be in possession of cocaine.
The report indicated that the victim, a 39-year-old woman, was driving her car along a local highway shortly before 2:30 a.m. The charged driver was also headed down the road headed in the same direction. For reasons that are yet unknown, the man's vehicle struck the woman's rear bumper with such force that her car was flipped on its roof. The impact sparked a fire that quickly consumed the woman's car. She was pronounced deceased at the scene due to smoke inhalation and burns.
A female passenger in the at-fault driver's car also suffered burn injuries, though her condition is unknown. Louisiana officials charged the suspected drunk driver with homicide by vehicle, negligent injuring, reckless driving and driving without a valid license. The victim's family members are understandably devastated by this sudden and horrific fatal accident. Families who find themselves in these tragic circumstances are often forced to bear the burdens of significant monetary damages in addition to their grief. It may be possible to pursue recovery of these documented damages through a wrongful death civil suit against the parties deemed liable for their losses.