Car accidents in Louisiana claim hundreds of lives and leave many people injured every year. Even though various highway and byway safety measures are out there, auto accidents keep occurring. The law provides several remedies for auto accident victims, with additional remedies to victims when the defendant is under the influence of alcohol. There are a number of examples that highlight how being intoxicated makes it even more likely that a plaintiff will win additional damages.
Article 2315.4 of the Louisiana Civil Code makes provisions for additional damages when the defendant in a car accident is intoxicated. The Article provides for special damages in addition to general damages when it is proved that the injuries suffered by the plaintiff are a direct consequence of a defendant's intoxicated state and a wanton disregard for the safety and rights of others.