A man was killed in an accident involving a moped and a van in St. Bernard Parish on Feb. 12. Police continued to investigate the crash, and charges were pending in connection with the incident.
According to Louisiana State Police, the fatal car accident occurred on La. 300 near Deborah Drive. A 2001 Chevrolet Astro van, driven by a 29-year-old St. Bernard Parish male resident, was traveling north on Deborah Drive when it turned right onto La. 300 into the path of an eastbound 2013 Taoi moped, driven by a 33-year-old St. Bernard Parish man. As a result, the moped crashed into the rear of the van, and its driver, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown.
The driver of the moped was pronounced dead at Interim LSU Hospital. Police performed a breath test on the other driver but found no traceable amount of alcohol. They did not suspect the driver of the moped to be impaired. However, toxicology tests were performed on both men, and police were awaiting the results at the time of report.
In cases similar to this one, where police have completed the investigation and liability has been determined, the family of a deceased victim might consider filing a wrongful death claim. Liability and negligence might be proven if a driver involved violated the rules of traffic, such as by speeding, driving while impaired or distracted, or ignoring other traffic regulations. If this resulted in injury or death to others, the victims or their families might then choose to file a claim. In a successful claim, the compensation received might include awards for non-economic damages, such as loss of companionship and for economic damages, such as medical, funeral and burial expenses incurred by the family.
Source: The New Orleans Advocate, "New Orleans-area police news: Moped driver dies in crash in St. Bernard," Feb. 15, 2015