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Mardi Gras traffic accident claims 1 life, driver indicted

Mardi Gras is a day of fun and partying in southern Louisiana. Despite the fun-loving atmosphere of the day, it is still important that drivers operate their vehicles safely. Failing to do so can lead to serious accidents that cause serious injuries or even death. An accident on Mardi Gras afternoon claimed the life of a school system employee. The driver who was caused the accident has been indicted on a host of charges.

The accident occurred when an allegedly intoxicated 23-year-old man crashed into the rear end of a vehicle. That caused the woman's vehicle to move into oncoming traffic. Her car caught on fire when it was struck after moving into oncoming traffic. She died at the scene. Two other people were injured in the accident.

According to Lafayette Parish Assistant District Attorney Daniel Landry, the man who was allegedly intoxicated has been charged with operating while intoxicated, vehicular homicide and multiple counts of vehicular injury. He also faces charges of careless operation, first-degree negligent injury and two counts of vehicular negligent injury.

When an accident is caused by another person's negligence, the victims of the accident have the right to seek compensation. If the accident leads to the death of a victim, that victim's family members have the right to take action against the liable driver in an effort to seek compensation for their loved one's death. While monetary compensation won't change the outcome of the accident, that compensation can help to minimize the impact the accident has on the finances of the victims and their family members.

Source: The Republic, "Lafayette man indicted in Mardi Gras Day fatal fiery crash, 3 others injured," April 16, 2015

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