Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol are responsible for countless injuries and deaths in Louisiana. In addition to criminal DUI charges, impaired drivers may also face civil court when the injured motorist in the accident sues for damages. In civil court, many car accident cases require the plaintiff to prove that the defendant was behaving negligently behind the wheel. There are many forms of negligence, including distracted driving, failing to follow traffic lights and signs, and, of course, driving under the influence. In addition to proving negligence, a victim will have to show that the impaired driver caused his or her injuries and damages. If an accident victim is successful in court, they may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other costs.
One recent accident occurred when a driver was spotted weaving in and out of traffic and swerving on Interstate 12. Multiple drivers called 911 and reported the impaired driver's reckless behavior. Shortly thereafter, the nearest Louisiana state trooper reported to the area. The impaired driver, who police say was high on heroin, crashed his truck into the trooper's vehicle. As a result, both the officer and the driver suffered injuries.