When individuals are driving throughout the state of Louisiana, they probably expect they will encounter other vehicles traveling the roadways such as passenger cars, motorcycles and commercial trucks. However, sometimes other unexpected vehicles may also make an appearance. It is important that drivers are always exercising the necessary level of care and watching for all types of vehicles and pedestrians or there may be an unnecessary car accident.
A good example of this type of situation is an accident that recently occurred on Louisiana 10. A 22-year-old man was driving a four-wheeler in the ditch next to the highway when he hit a culvert. This initial collision caused the man to be thrown from his vehicle. His body landed in the westbound traffic lane.
The man's friend who was traveling with him went to him and was trying to help him when a sedan came traveling toward them. The friend attempted to notify the driver of the sedan that they were in the traffic lane but unfortunately the sedan continued forward and ran over the 22-year-old man and then continued driving.
The man's injuries were determined to be life threatening. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of these injuries. Unfortunately, he succumbed to the injuries that he suffered as a result of the accident and was later pronounced dead.
The accident remains under investigation and police are still seeking the identity and whereabouts of the hit-and-run driver.
Accidents that cause a serious injury to one or more involved parties can be very difficult for those that are injured and potentially for their families. Accidents like this one that result in the unexpected death of a loved one can bring even more hardship to the surviving family members. If injuries or a death caused by a car collision are the result of another individual's negligent behavior then some of the parties may be entitled to compensation that can be recovered by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Those affected by a serious or fatal accident should understand what courses of action they could take. Being knowledgeable about the situation will help ensure their rights are protected and allow them to make an educated choice about their next steps.
Source: nola.com, "Vacherie man killed in hit-and-run following four-wheeler accident," Emily Lane, Aug. 2, 2014