More than 60,000 Louisiana residents are injured in auto accidents each year, some succumbing to their injuries. Many state laws are enforced to reduce motor vehicle accidents. It is illegal to drive drunk or text while driving. Also, driver concentration is imperative because even a minor distraction can cause major devastation to lives and property. According to sources, a single division of the Louisiana State Police has recorded and investigated 12 fatal accidents so far this year.

A most recent accident was a fatal hit-and-run on a local interstate highway. According to sources, a car that was traveling west hit a 32-year-old pedestrian and left the scene without stopping. The pedestrian suffered fatal injuries due to the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene. The vehicle involved in the accident, its driver and passenger were located on the Grambling State University’s campus. The driver and a passenger were questioned and stated they did not suffer from any injuries from the crash.

Drunk driving is not suspected to be the cause of this fatal accident. However, a toxicology sample was taken for analysis. The suspect admitted that she was driving the vehicle in question and was charged with felony hit and run. The passenger was charged with accessory after the fact. Both suspects were detained at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, and an investigation into the crash is currently underway.

An accident requires a prompt investigation to hold the guilty responsible for damage and loss. Lake Charles victims or families of loved ones may seek assistance from professionals experienced in crash reconstruction. This evidence can help prove the liability of a negligent driver and help calculate the financial loss created by the medical needs of a victim or family. On the basis of such investigation, the family of the loved one or the victim can claim compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

Source: myarklamiss.com, “Hit and Run Driver Kills Ruston Pedestrian,” May 28, 2014