A crash on Louisiana 631 left a woman dead and a man severely injured on March 19. According to a representative from the Louisiana State Police, toxicology tests were pending.
The car accident happened around 7 a.m. when a 37-year-old man driving an SUV westbound veered off the road toward the shoulder. After reentering the highway, the driver allegedly crossed over the centerline and drove into opposing traffic, striking an eastbound sedan. The driver of the sedan, a 39-year-old woman, was wearing a seat belt, while the driver of the SUV was not, police said.
The woman's vehicle reportedly rotated after the crash and ended up in a roadside ditch. She was declared dead at the scene of the accident. According to a Louisiana State Police representative, the wrong-way driver was transported to a local hospital with severe injuries. His condition was unknown at the time of this reporting. Police suspected that he was impaired at the time of the accident. However, further action was pending the outcome of toxicology tests in progress.
Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is illegal in Louisiana and throughout the U.S. When someone dies because of an impaired driver's negligence on the road, the surviving family may be faced with both emotional and financial burdens, including funeral and burial costs, the loss of the individual's contribution to the household expenses and possible end-of-life medical bills.
Speaking with an attorney may be beneficial for the family a victim killed in this way. The attorney may review accident data and toxicology tests to determine fault as well as offer guidance regarding filing a wrongful death suit to recover damages.
Source: The Times-Picayune, "Crash in St. Charles Parish kills Des Allemands woman," Heather Nolan, March 19, 2015