Without cars, society would look a lot different than it does today. However, with all the positive change that cars have a down side. They injure and kill thousands of people each year in Louisiana and across the country. When people do not take the responsibility of driving a car seriously, car accidents occur.
Sadly, a recent truck accident has left one Louisiana woman dead. In this case, the 85-year-old woman was riding in the back seat of a car in Metairie near the intersection of Harvard Avenue and Wabash Street. According to reports, a garbage truck was also in the area at the time. The garbage truck apparently drove through a stop sign and smashed into the car.
The accident, which occurred around 4:15 p.m., did not seriously injure the other two passengers in the car. The garbage truck's driver agreed to take a sobriety test and the police are continuing an investigation into the accident. However, no criminal charges have yet to be filed.
Fatal motor vehicle accidents like this one can be devastating for a family. Not only do they have to deal with the emotional pain caused by the death, there are often expenses that go along with the accident. These expenses can include funeral costs, lost wages or medical expenses before the death. A family may also experience damages from pain and suffering or loss of companionship.
A wrongful death lawsuit can help to compensate families for these losses when the fatal car wreck was caused by someone's negligence. This suit cannot take away the emotional pain, but it can ensure that a family does not suffer financial harm as a result of their loss. Note that after an accident involving a truck or commercial vehicle, liability may attach not just to the negligent driver, but potentially to the trucking company or other employer as well. New Orleans attorneys with experience in these sensitive cases can help grieving families to assess their legal options.
Source: The Times-Picayune, "Woman dies in Metairie traffic accident: JPSO," Jonathan Bullington, Dec. 12, 2014