Here in Louisiana, when a driver is suspected of being impaired and is believed to have caused an accident in which a victim dies, he or she can be charged with vehicular homicide even if there was no intent to kill. When a driver is impaired, the probability of a fatal accident increases exponentially. Furthermore, alcohol and drug-related accidents are considered to be some of the most preventable crashes.
When police suspect that a driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of an accident, a toxicology sample is taken in order to determine whether those suspicions were correct, and if so, how impaired the driver was at the time. It can take a significant amount of time for those results to get back to officials. For instance, troopers with the Louisiana State Police only recently received back results from a sample taken after a fatal accident that occurred in May, which led to the arrest of the 24-year-old driver for vehicular homicide.
Selfish is one of the words people use to describe those who get behind the wheel of a car when they are impaired. This is because drunk driving accidents are some of the most preventable on Louisiana's roadways. There are many people each year who might still be alive or uninjured had it not been for the decisions of impaired drivers to put everyone in jeopardy by driving under the influence of alcohol. Some fatal accident victims who die at the hands of drunk drivers are children.
When Louisiana drivers fail to stop after they cause collisions, they are not only attempcting to avoid responsibility, but they also may not be aware of the devastation their actions caused. An accident that begins as a hit-and-run involving only two vehicles can lead to a second, deadlier crash. Police say that is what happened in a recent fatal accident.
Crashes involving only one vehicle can be just as deadly as those involving multiple vehicles. In some cases, Louisiana accident victims die because they may not be discovered until it is too late to save them. On other occasions, they are unable to escape the wreckage, and what might have been a survivable crash under different conditions becomes a fatal accident.
There are certain circumstances under which the probability of being involved in an accident is higher than normal. One of these times is when a vehicle is pulling out into traffic from a parking lot or other driveway. If the merging Louisiana driver is not paying adequate attention to the flow of traffic, a fatal accident can easily occur.
Louisiana State Police officers keep records regarding all the car accidents they investigate throughout any particular year, including those in which there are fatalities. At last report, Troop D was involved in the investigation of 16 motor vehicle fatalities. The fatal accident that raised Troop D's number to 16 took place on Aug. 7 between two vehicles that were traveling on La. 3226.
Getting a flat tire can be frightening, but when it happens at highway speeds on a busy roadway, it can also be treacherous. Sometimes, a driver is unable to control the vehicle when a tire blows. Far too many Louisiana drivers in this position end up in a fatal accident.
Considering the fact that nearly 33.8 million vehicles in the United States alone are part of Takata Corp.'s recall, it would be a challenge to find someone here in Louisiana who has not heard about the potentially deadly airbags manufactured by the company. So far, there have been hundreds of injuries and at least five deaths in this country as a direct result of the defective airbags. However, that could change if it is confirmed that a seemingly survivable fatal accident on April 5 was due to a Takata airbag.
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.