Unfortunately, accidents of all types are not uncommon in Louisiana. While some of these are unpreventable or nearly so, others are directly caused by the actions of others. Boat accidents are one example as they are frequently caused by the irresponsible behavior of others.
An 18-year-old Louisiana girl is dead. Her death is alleged to be the result of what causes many tragic car accidents -- drunk driving.
A teenage boy recently hit by a truck while riding his bike has died at the hospital from the injuries he sustained in the accident. The Louisiana boy was struck by a Dodge pickup when he crossed over into an oncoming lane of traffic. The car accident resulted in the boy being ejected from the bike and suffered serious injuries that led to his death four days later. The driver of the pickup truck submitted to a breath test and was over the legal limit of 0.08. He has been charged with DWI and police said other charges could be pending.
Louisiana police are awaiting the toxicology report of a woman who was allegedly a drunk driver in an accident that resulted in the death of her passenger. Drunk driving is a leading factor in car accidents in Louisiana and nationwide. Louisianans must recognize that drunk driving is a real problem and, if they are ever in an accident and alcohol played a role that may be an important fact to highlight in a court proceeding if they intend to seek compensation for their injuries.
Local police arrested and charged a Lafayette man with vehicular homicide for his involvement in a June automobile accident. Authorities say that the man was drunk at the time of the fatal accident, which resulted in the death of a Lafayette woman. The woman's mother is unhappy about the way that the police are proceeding with the matter. Often, this is the case in wrongful death situations. Survivors find that the criminal justice system offers inadequate solutions. But, wrongful death lawsuits in civil court can provide significant relief for survivors and offer some closure for unfortunate fatalities.
Louisiana residents are quite familiar with street festivals as a place to gather with friends and family to enjoy good food and music. Unfortunately a street festival in another state experienced a tragic event when a suspected drunk driver crashed through a barricade blocking the entrance to the street and directly into a crowd of people enjoying the festival. One festivalgoer was killed and four others were injured in the car accident.
A young mother was killed in a car accident early last month and her friends are wondering why the driver has not yet been held responsible. A spokesperson for the Lafayette Police Department said that although the driver of the other vehicle did submit to a blood test at a hospital after the fatal accident on June 9th, the results are not back yet and police cannot charge a suspect until there is actual evidence of drunk driving. The victim's family members and friends are left wondering why the delay in toxicology tests in the case.
According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries 36 people died last year in boating crashes, and five of those deaths could be attributed to alcohol use. National statistics reveal in 2011 that 16 percent of all boating accident fatalities were directly related to the use of drugs or alcohol. That same year, the LDWF issued a total of 108 DWI citations to boat operators, ten of which were issued over one weekend dubbed Operation Dry Water.