A fatal accident in Lafayette is never easy to deal with. When the loss of a loved one happens because of the negligence of someone behind the wheel, it can be worse. In addition to having to confront a close relative’s death because of the negligent driver, there are other issues to be concerned with in the aftermath of the accident, such as funeral expenses.
A 36-year-old man was killed in an early morning accident when his motorized scooter crashed into a 2009 Toyota Tacoma being driven by a 55-year-old man. The man on the scooter was wearing a helmet. After the accident, he was taken to the hospital, where he later died. The scooter was in the center lane when the Tacoma tried to cross the road. The scooter ran into the side of the Tacoma. Because of the accident, the driver of the Tacoma faces charges of negligent homicide and failing to yield.
When a fatal accident occurs, the family of the person who was killed will have many things to think about. The funeral expenses are one issue that must be dealt with, but if the accident happened due to the negligence of another, another consideration could be whether or not to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The insurance company will try to keep their costs as low as possible. While they may act sympathetic to a family’s plight, they will still do whatever they can to limit what they have to pay. Families who have been damaged in this way have a right to seek compensation for the accident. Victims’ families should be aware that dealing with the insurance company on their own is risky and could lead to the insurer taking advantage of their lack of experience in these matters.
In this case, the driver of the Tacoma was arrested in the fatal accident due to being a negligent driver. The family of the man who was killed may want to get more information about their legal options to see how they should move forward in this case.
Source: NOLA.com, “Bridge City scooter driver fatally injured in Jefferson Highway crash,” Ken Daley, Jan. 21, 2014