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Injured Due to a Drunk Driver? You Need a Separate Claim

On June 11, a man traveling east on US 90 veered off the left side of the road and crashed into a metal guardrail. His vehicle continued traveling east in the median before flipping over and coming to rest partly underwater in a drainage ditch. The driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment. His passenger, however, died at the scene of the crash. Police suspect that the driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash. The driver has a history of DWI and was driving under a suspended license when the crash occurred. Third-Party Wrongful Death Claims for Drunk Driving Accidents After a drunk driving accident, the prosecutor’s office will begin criminal proceedings against the intoxicated driver. However, these criminal proceedings are separate from any wrongful death claim that the family of a victim might have. Surviving family members that are allowed under Louisiana…
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Will Ridesharing Laws Help Prevent Drunk Driving in Louisiana?

US News and World Report featured a report regarding lawmakers in Louisiana moving forward with legislation that would force ridesharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, to follow state regulations. It is reportedly a step towards making ridesharing more accessible statewide, which many believe could help prevent drunk driving in Louisiana. What Types of Regulations Would Uber and Lyft Face in Louisiana? Basically, this bill would enable Uber and Lyft to expand into smaller cities throughout the state more quickly, because as it stands now, the ridesharing companies must negotiate agreements with each municipality individually. In addition, the regulations would require Uber and Lyft drivers to get permits and undergo background checks. This aspect of the bill has seen some controversy, because under the proposed law, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry would manage the background checks and permits. The Public Service Commission has objected to this part of…
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Are Head-On Crashes Usually the Result of Drunk Driving?

A recent Lafayette head-on car wreck involving a drunk driver raises the question: How often are drunk drivers responsible for head-on crashes? KATC-TV featured a report on the head-on car accident. Reportedly, the crash happened on Interstate 10 and claimed the life of a 24-year-old Florida woman. The accident happened around 4 am on a section of I-10 known as the Atchafalaya Freeway near the Whiskey Bay exit. There are no shoulders along this section of I-10. The 24-year-old Florida woman was driving a Toyota westbound on the highway leading up to the deadly wreck. The alleged drunk driver was traveling east in the westbound lane prior to colliding head-on with the Toyota. Following the wreck, the 24-year-old woman was taken to a hospital in Lafayette, where she later died. For the alleged drunk driver, if convicted, this would be his fourth DWI. In addition to the DWI, the 28-year-old…
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