A man has sadly lost his life in an alleged drunk driving collision in Louisiana. In addition, two other individuals were injured in the single-automobile crash. One of the injured parties, a woman, now faces criminal charges in connection with the crash, which occurred on a recent Saturday night.
Events leading to the accident
The tragic crash took place along Louisiana Highway 16. According to police, a woman was driving a sport utility vehicle east along the highway. All of a sudden, her sport utility vehicle reportedly left the roadway and started to flip. Two passengers in the automobile were ejected as a result of the crash.
One of the passengers was pronounced deceased at the crash scene. He was 62. Meanwhile, the second passenger suffered injuries that were deemed moderate and thus was transported to a hospital. The driver was also taken to a medical center with moderate injuries. Police said they suspected that the driver was drunk at the time of the accident, so she now faces charges of vehicular homicide, negligent injury with an automobile, careless operation, driving with a suspended license and driving while intoxicated for the third time.
How an attorney can help in the aftermath of these situations
The surviving loved ones of the male passenger who died in the Louisiana accident may choose to file a wrongful death claim against the arrested female driver. In addition, the injured passenger may file a personal injury claim against the woman, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages. If the woman ends up being convicted on her criminal charges, proof of the charges may be presented in civil court with the goal of establishing liability for the accident. Successfully litigated claims may lead to damage awards to cover funeral costs, hospital bills and other accident-related losses.