Louisiana residents may appreciate their state's zest for life and celebrations but they nonetheless deserve and want to know that they are safe when on the road. Sadly, when drivers make the choice to consume alcohol and then get behind the wheels of their vehicles, the safety of others takes a hit. Despite strong public awareness, drunk driving continues to cause heartache in Louisiana.
An example can be seen in a recent crash that happened in the latter part of a Thursday morning. A tow truck was stopped along the side of a stretch of Interstate 55 and the driver was helping a man with his vehicle that was disabled for some reason. The tow truck operator was reported to be standing outside of his vehicle on the road side, not the shoulder side, when he was hit by a 48-year-old drunk driver. The tow truck driver, who was only 34 years old, was pronounced dead at the crash site.
After hitting the man, his truck and the disabled vehicle, the drunk driver rolled her vehicle until it stopped in the middle of the freeway. A fourth vehicle was unable to avoid hitting the drunk driver's vehicle and sustained critical injuries as a result. The impaired woman has been charged with multiple crimes including driving on a suspended license.
People in Louisiana who experience crashes caused by other negligent people may wish to speak with a lawyer. This may provide insight into how to seek compensation after a crash.
Source: Fox 8, "State Police: Impaired driver causes fatal four-vehicle accident on I-55," March 2, 2017