On Sunday, July 3, an officer with the Sterlington Police Department was killed when an impaired driver hit him and his vehicle during a traffic stop. The fatal crash happened before 5 a.m. on Highway 165, and two other officers were injured as well.
Louisiana residents who have been injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another driver may be able to take legal action to claim a variety of damages. Typically, they are allowed to make a claim for medical expenses and, if applicable, lost wages and future earnings. However, there may be additional damages that can be sought.
Authorities have reported that the motorist who stuck and fatally injured a 32-year-old New Orleans Police Department officer during the early morning hours of June 5 may have been intoxicated. The officer succumbed to her injuries on June 7. A warrant for the arrest of the 33-year-old alleged drunk driver was issued on June 6. The NOPD announced at that time that the man would be charged and taken into custody after being released from a hospital.
A study of drunk driving laws around the country and the impact that they are having could raise some interesting questions in Louisiana. The research, which referenced federal accident and law enforcement data and was released by the advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving, reveals that while police in Louisiana make a high number of DWI arrests, the costs associated with each drunk driving death in the Pelican State are among the highest in the U.S.
Louisiana motorists may be part of the reason why traffic fatalities rose for the first six months of 2015. The National Safety Council says nationwide traffic fatalities were up 14 percent over the same time period in 2014. Traffic fatalities in Louisiana were up, with 330 people dying on the state's roads between January and June 2015 compared to 275 in the first six months of 2014.
Teen drivers in Louisiana and throughout the country are more likely to be involved in motor vehicle accidents than any other age group. Furthermore, most people who are injured or killed in a crash that involves a teen driver are not the motorist. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, in 2013, more than 370,000 injuries and over 2,900 deaths were in crashes involving a teen driver.
Louisiana fans of Scottish disc jockey Calvin Harris or of his girlfriend, singer Taylor Swift, may have heard about the car accident Harris was in May 20. The 32-year-old was hit by a minor who lost control of her Volkswagen Bug on a California road.