Pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents have increased in Louisiana and in the rest of the U.S. The increase in deaths has happened even as car manufacturers have added many new safety features to their vehicles. Experts believe that the increase in pedestrian fatalities can be attributed to driver distraction rather than to the vehicles.
Deadly accidents in Louisiana or any other state sometimes involve multiple responsible parties. This was illustrated in the 2015 case of an apartment balcony collapse that killed six people and injured seven. The people were attending a 21st birthday party in California when the fifth-floor balcony they occupied broke away from the building.
If a Louisiana employee is injured by a coworker the employer may be liable even if the incident occurs away from the workplace. On April 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit found that Home Depot could be held liable after one of its employees murdered another one offsite.
A Louisiana woman who was reportedly involved in a two-vehicle accident that occurred Jan. 18 was charged with vehicular homicide and other associated charges. According to the Louisiana State Police, the accident took place at about 6 a.m. on LA 64, or Magnolia Beach Road, in Denham Springs.
Those who lose a loved one because of another person's misconduct or negligent actions may be eligible to pursue compensation via a wrongful death lawsuit. The monetary compensation awarded to plaintiffs who prevail in these types of suits is based on the pecuniary injuries resulting from the decedent's death. Louisiana residents might be interested in reading about several types of these losses and how a court determines them.
Louisiana residents may have heard about DUI accident that took place in rural Alabama, resulting in two deaths and two other people being injured. The accident involved a former NASA astronaut, who was charged with reckless murder. The former astronaut also faces wrongful death lawsuits in Tuscaloosa County as well as in federal court.
When a Louisiana resident loses a loved one under suspicious circumstances, a civil wrongful death lawsuit could create an opportunity to hold someone responsible. On the national stage, the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of late singer Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, illustrates the process.
Louisiana residents may be interested in learning that Melissa Rivers, the daughter of the late Joan Rivers, has settled her lawsuit against the doctors who allegedly caused her mother's death. The settlement agreement was reportedly reached on May 12 in the wrongful death lawsuit that had been filed in 2015.
Louisiana movie fans may be interested to learn that the late actor Paul Walker's father has filed a suit against Porsche for wrongful death and negligence in state court in Los Angeles. The father is currently serving as the executor of his son's estate. The wife of the man driving the car at the time of the accident has a current, pending federal lawsuit against the car manufacturer, and Paul Walker's daughter also has a currently pending lawsuit against Porsche.
Louisiana readers may be interested to learn that the estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her boyfriend at the time, Nick Gordon, alleging that he is responsible for her death. Brown, who was the only child of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died in hospice care in July after spending months in a medically induced coma.