Driving instructors and roundabout intersections are two innovations that were intended to make driving safer in Louisiana. A recent accident in the town of Slidell appears to cast significant doubt on these assumptions.
A student enrolled in Coach’s Driving Academy in Slidell had stopped to yield the right-of-way before entering a roundabout intersection. As the student driver continued her right turn into Brown Boulevard, her vehicle was struck head-on by a Jeep Liberty traveling west on Brown. The Jeep was estimated to have been traveling between 50 and 60 mph. After striking the driving instructor vehicle, the Jeep flipped and landed in the roundabout, striking another vehicle.
The student driver and her instructor suffered severe injuries and were immediately taken to University Medical Center in New Orleans. Each suffered multiple severe injuries ranging from broken bones to head trauma. Both individuals are expected to survive, but their recoveries may take a while. The driver of the Jeep was not injured, and the driver of the second vehicle suffered only minor injuries.
The driver of the Jeep was suspected of being intoxicated, and he was charged with multiple violations, including first-degree negligent injury, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license.
The long view
The driver of the Jeep appears to be at fault for all injuries suffered by others in this accident. Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a similar accident may want to make a claim for damages for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. The advice of an experienced accident attorney can be invaluable in such cases. A knowledgeable attorney can evaluate the evidence, suggest legal arguments that will support a claim for damages, and present the claim in a persuasive manner.