What Are My Options after Losing a Loved One to a Drunk Driver?

Defective vehicles can cause fatalities and injuriesIn late July, a woman was killed while riding her bicycle in Acadia Parish. On the 23rd around 9:00 p.m. on Quarter Pole Road east of Rayne, a 41-year-old man struck the 61-year-old cyclist and fled the scene of the accident. Not far from where the accident occurred, the driver of the car abandoned his vehicle and fled the area. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

During the investigation, police were able to locate the driver and arrest him. After his arrest, he became uncooperative when asked to take a blood test, so police secured a warrant. According to police, he had multiple issues in his past regarding driving while intoxicated. Prior to this fatal hit-and-run, he was charged with DWI on five separate occasions and was under suspension due to a previous DWI.

What Are My Options If I Lose a Loved One to a Drunk Driver?

Unexpectedly losing a loved one is always devastating, especially when the cause of death is preventable.

Wrongful death cases often follow accidents caused by negligent drivers who are under the influence of alcohol. For a wrongful death case to proceed after a car accident, the plaintiff must prove that the driver who caused the death committed negligence. With drunk driving incidents, if impairment can be proven, the drunk driver will be found to be “negligent per se,” or automatically negligent. The plaintiff can then be awarded damages including loss for the victim’s pain and suffering, lost future wages and more.


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