Auto accidents happen every day. Sadly enough, many of them have alcohol as a contributing factor to the crash. Although most drunk drivers never intend on harming anyone, getting behind the wheel of a car while under the influence can be seen as intention to cause injury to others. As one Louisiana man is learning, it doesn’t matter what your intentions are when you drive drunk.
A little after 4 a.m. on a Sunday morning, Louisiana Troopers responded to an accident that left a pedestrian dead and a driver facing vehicular homicide charges. The driver, a 37-year-old male was heading south when a man on foot tried to cross the highway. The driver was unable to avoid striking the pedestrian, causing fatal injuries. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was later declared dead. The driver, who had his seat belt on and appeared to be uninjured in the crash, was found to be over the legal alcohol limit and driving while on suspension. This resulted in him being charged with vehicular homicide in the death of the 22-year-old pedestrian.
The responding State Police Troop reported that in 2013, 63 percent of the car accident fatalities their department responded to were caused by impaired drivers. Despite the constant reminders to avoid getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while impaired, the Troopers see an alarming number of drunk driver related deaths.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driver, an experienced pedestrian accident attorney may be able to help. Your pain, suffering and loss is not made better until you know the driver responsible has faced consequences. A trusted attorney can help see that their negligence stops and they are held accountable.
Source: KPLC, Pedestrian killed on Highway 385 Sunday morning, Erica Bivens, Aug. 23, 2015