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.
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.
A Louisiana woman who went into the hospital for a back injury ended up dying. Her family believes that inadequate care led to her death. They have filed a lawsuit alleging hospital negligence.
On Nov. 28, 2011, a Louisiana woman's husband was involved in a motorcycle crash. Within hours of the accident, her husband died as a result of the injuries he suffered. On Dec. 31, 2014, the widow filed a medical malpractice claim based on the results of the autopsy done in the days after his death.
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.
Families in Louisiana often entrust the care of their elderly family members who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer's to nursing homes, hospitals and other facilities. Patients and their families expect a certain level of care, even when under the care of a facility on a temporary basis. When hospital negligence shatters those expectations, a medical malpractice claim may be an appropriate option.
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.