Louisiana's recent high school graduates have their whole lives ahead of them. Some of them are planning for futures they may never see. This is the case for one recent graduate whose future came to an abrupt end in a recent fatal accident.
Police officers are only allowed to break traffic laws under certain circumstances. For instance, running red lights is authorized with lights and sirens, but officers are still obligated to make sure that the intersection is clear before proceeding in order to avoid a car accident. If an officer is simply on patrol and not responding to a call, he or she must follow the same rules as every other Louisiana driver.
Emergency responders were recently called to a portion of Interstate 220 in northern Louisiana where a crash involving three vehicles occurred at approximately 7:45 a.m. during the morning commute. That section of the roadway was closed while police investigated the car accident. Numerous motorists were delayed during the closure.
Around 8 p.m. on a recent Wednesday night, the Louisiana State Police received a call regarding a crash on U.S. 190. Upon arrival, it was determined that a car had run into the back of an 18-wheeler. The car accident ultimately ended with the death of a passenger in the car.
In Louisiana, accidents involving a fatality require law enforcement officials to obtain a blood sample to determine whether a driver was under the influence. Because it can take some time for the results of these tests to come back, charges may not be contemplated until a later date. In other cases, an individual suspected of being responsible for an accident may have suffered serious injuries that required hospitalization. Accordingly, an arrest may be delayed. For example, a man was only recently arrested on charges of vehicular homicide, DWI and careless operation in connection with a fatal accident that occurred back in March.
Most Louisiana drivers are diligent about paying attention to the roadway and their surroundings. Sometimes, however, there is no way to predict what another driver on the road will do. In these cases, it may not be possible to avoid a serious or fatal accident.
It may mystify Louisiana residents that there can be such a large disparity between the injuries suffered by individuals involved in an accident. The same car accident that takes the life of one individual can also result in another person suffering moderate or serious -- but survivable -- injuries. If the impact is forceful enough, even being properly restrained will fail to save a life.
Paying attention to your surroundings is an integral part of driving. Smaller vehicles and pedestrians can are particularly at risk from passenger cars and larger vehicles -- especially if the driver's attention is elsewhere. When a driver fails to exercise this basic duty to others on a Louisiana roadway, a serious or fatal accident can result.
Young drivers in Louisiana often believe that they are paying sufficient attention to their surroundings and the obstacles on the roadway. Only after driving for years, however, will a driver learn what a vehicle can and cannot do under certain circumstances. For instance, experience tells drivers whether they have enough room to pull out into traffic without cutting off another vehicle and causing a car accident.
Louisiana drivers are conditioned to be on the lookout for obstacles on the highways and bridges across the state. However, no matter how prepared a driver may be, coming up on a stopped vehicle in your lane of travel can cause some measure of panic. If a driver is unable to avoid an impending collision, the resulting car accident could result in catastrophic injuries.