Whether they know it or not, Louisiana residents risk their lives every time they drive. While cars are generally safe, other drivers often pose serious safety hazards to drivers on the roadways. In particular, there is a large risk car accidents caused by drunk drivers.
Unfortunately, car accidents can occur in the blink of an eye and alter the lives of victims forever. A multi-car accident in a nearby community east of Lafayette recently left one driver dead. The three-car accident resulted in the death of a 19-year old man. The accident occurred when a pickup truck driven by a 27-year old man was headed north and crossed the median, entering the southbound lanes and striking another pickup truck. A passenger vehicle travelling behind the pickup truck that was hit was unable to avoid the accident and also struck the pickup truck from behind.
Driving while under the influence is a preventable and highly dangerous action that increases the risk that an accident may occur. This increased risk also heightens the danger to others of sustaining a serious injury. In addition to criminal charges, a drunk driver may expose themselves to significant liability for any injuries they may cause by their actions.
When Lafayette residents are out on the road late at night, they usually have a general awareness of the possibility of impaired drivers on the road. When one is traveling on an interstate, rarely does one anticipate coming up against a wrong-way driver.
Some car collisions in which Louisiana residents are involved are straightforward, making it easy to identify a path to recovery for the damages and injuries sustained in the collision. Other times, car accidents can involve a number of parties and be extremely complicated.