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.
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.
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.
The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC) recently issued a report regarding traffic fatalities across the state. The data indicates that the number of fatal accident deaths has dropped significantly. Of the deaths that did occur, not wearing a seat belt and driving under the influence were cited as contributing factors.
Around 5:30 p.m. on a recent Friday, troopers with the Louisiana State Police responded to a crash on LA 3042. When they arrived, they discovered one person dead and one moderately injured. The surviving driver is suspected of causing the fatal accident, and it is believed he was intoxicated at the time.
Louisiana drivers who consume alcohol and then get behind the wheel of a car often believe that they are able to control their vehicles. Many more people, however, understand that this is really just a false sense of security, since alcohol can lower inhibitions and cloud a person's judgment. Drivers may get lucky and get to their destination without incident, but repeated instances only increase the odds of causing a serious or fatal accident.
Being aware of potential hazards is one of the most important tasks a Louisiana driver has while on the road. Other vehicles, people and objects in the road can come into the path of a driver at any time. How the driver handles the situation can determine whether a serious or fatal accident will occur.
United States Senator Mary Landrieu was up for re-election this year. As part of her campaign efforts, people walked around Louisiana's neighborhoods. At times, this exposed them to the same potential of being involved in a fatal accident as any other pedestrian. Recently, a 23-year-old woman doing some canvassing for Sen. Landrieu's campaign was struck and killed.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is responsible for designing and constructing roadways and their intersections in a way that promotes public safety. Even so, many of the state's drivers will agree that some intersections are not laid out well and lead to accidents. A jury agreed with this general assessment, at least with regard to one specific locale, when it found DOTD to be at least partially responsible for a fatal accident that took place in April 2011.