On Aug. 27, a fatal motorcycle accident occurred in Jefferson Davis Parish, according to police. Reportedly, a 38-year-old man was driving a 2003 Mercury Marquis south on LA 383 when he swerved over the centerline and entered into northbound traffic. Subsequently, the Marquis collided head-on with a Harley-Davidson motorcycle operated by a 54-year-old man.
The motorcyclist died as a result of the accident. Officials declared him dead at the scene of the crash.
According to the Louisiana State Police, the driver of the Marquis was impaired at the time of the incident. Reportedly, charges are pending. The 38-year-old man suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash and received treatment at a Lake Charles hospital.
Head-on accidents can be particularly violent and result in catastrophic if not fatal injuries, especially when motorcycles are involved. This particular case illustrates that point. If a preponderance of evidence from this case were to corroborate the suspicion that impaired driving was a major factor in the crash, then the family of the deceased victim may wish to seek recourse for their losses in civil court.
By filing a wrongful death claim, families of deceased accident victims may hold the at-fault party responsible for the incident and its resulting damages. For, claimants in a wrongful death suit may seek financial compensation for the pecuniary damages they suffered as a result of their loved one's sudden death. These damages may include but are not limited to funeral bills, burial costs, estate administration expenses and even lost earnings. In order to receive compensation, the bereaved family members must demonstrate the specific losses they suffered in connection with the fatal crash.
Source: KATC, "LSP: Motorcyclist killed by impaired driver", Jeff Davis, August 28, 2014