A man who caused a traffic accident in February resulting in the death of another driver was arrested last week in Baton Rouge and charged with negligent homicide. At the time of the crash, officers at the scene determined that the man was not under the influence and released him later that day after testing him to see if alcohol or drugs were in his system. The man claimed that he had taken drugs the day before but was sober at the time of the crash. However, when a toxicology report came back with evidence of drug use, he was taken into custody.
The driver remains in jail pending a criminal trial. In addition to a criminal trial, it is possible for relatives of the man killed in the accident to file a wrongful death civil suit against the driver. A wrongful death lawsuit can be brought by relatives of the deceased, beginning with the spouse or children of the deceased, followed by the parents, siblings, and finally the grandparents. When a family sues for wrongful death, they can receive a verdict or settlement to cover a variety of financial and emotional losses. This can include funeral expenses, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and loss of companionship.
When Should I Contact a Louisiana Wrongful Death Lawyer?
Nothing can replace the loss of a loved one, but you can receive financial security and sense of justice and closure by working with an attorney. We have helped many families obtain the compensation they deserve. If you have a loved one who was killed because of the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct of another, don’t hesitate to contact us. You may also follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and keep up with more information about personal injury and wrongful death cases through our blog.
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