Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and celebrate the good things in life. However, increased holiday traffic and some irresponsible revelers can take what should be a joyous day and turn it into a tragic one.
There were thirteen deadly crashes resulting in 14 fatalities on Louisiana’s roads over the holiday. According to the Louisiana State Police, half of the victims were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accidents that killed them.
The Lafayette area was the most dangerous for drivers, with six of the fourteen fatalities occurring there. Those killed included one pedestrian and a motorcyclist in addition to motorists.
Two of the crashes involved an impaired driver, according to law enforcement officials. Most people know that those who drive while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs may face criminal charges. In addition, they may also be liable under civil law for wrongful death.
If a motorist is found to have acted negligently and caused the death of another person they may be responsible for damages including compensatory damages like medical bills and funeral costs as well as punitive damages meant to punish the offending party.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, or if you have lost someone close to you because of another driver’s negligence, consider speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. They can help you review your case and pursue any appropriate claims for damages.
Source: WAFB, “14 die on Louisiana roadways over Thanksgiving holiday,” Joshua Auzenne, Nov. 26, 2012