A two-vehicle car crash occurred on April 13 in Lake Charles, resulting in one person losing his life and two other individuals suffering injuries. Authorities believe that alcohol impairment contributed to this collision. When motor vehicle accidents are caused by drunk drivers, the victims or -- in the event of fatality -- surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation by filing legal claims in a Louisiana civil court.
According to reports, at approximately 11:59 p.m., the driver of a pickup truck -- a 53-year-old male -- attempted a left-hand turn from southbound Gulf Highway onto Tank Farm Road. This truck was struck by a vehicle that was traveling in the northbound lane of Gulf Highway. The driver of the pickup suffered serious injuries in the wreck, as did his passenger. Sadly, a few days after the event, the passenger -- a 30-year-old male -- succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the northbound car was also hurt in the crash and was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
Both drivers were tested for impairment and both showed elevated blood-alcohol levels. Both were arrested and charged with driving while impaired and a number of other offenses. Investigators are still reviewing the details of this crash. Further criminal charges may be filed in this case.
When motor vehicle accidents occur, people want to believe that determining who was at fault is easy. The truth is, some cases, like the one talked about above, have a lot of contributing factors that make establishing full liability somewhat difficult. In regard to this particular event, the fact that both drivers are believed to have been impaired at the time of the crash could bring about comparative negligence claims as the drivers seek compensation for their losses. The family members of the deceased may also be able to pursue legal actions against both parties in an effort to recoup their losses. Legal counsel will have the ability to review the details of this case and help those who wish to seek relief through legal means do so, if pursuing legal claims in a Louisiana civil court is deemed appropriate.