Terrytown troopers said that a 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck had been crossing over the lines of the left and center lanes on Louisiana Highway 428 when a bicyclist was hit and killed near Peter Street. Continuing northbound, the pickup then crashed into a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
Troopers detained the 28-year-old man behind the wheel of the pickup. He was charged with vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated. He submitted to a blood test, which authorities believe will validate the charge of impairment. They held the man in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.
Paramedics responding to the double accident discovered that the bicyclist who had been traveling south in the center lane was dead on arrival. The second crash inflicted moderate injuries on the female driver and two passengers in the Monte Carlo. They went to an area hospital for treatment.
A death caused by a drunk driver typically burdens a family with funeral expenses, lost income and grief. Fatal drunk driving accidents open up the possibility for survivors to recover damages with a wrongful death lawsuit. Confirmed intoxication while driving can be considered a failure to operate a vehicle safely, and this negligence could be grounds for holding a person financially responsible.
An attorney could inform a survivor about the compensation that could be claimed if the evidence supports a charge of negligence. Insights into the long-term financial impact of the death might be available from an attorney as well. This information could help the survivor request an adequate settlement. When appropriate, an attorney may be able to prepare the lawsuit and support the family in court.
Source: WDSU, "LSP: Bicyclist killed after being struck by suspected drunk driver in Terrytown," Juan Sanchez, March 22, 2015