Reports of motor vehicle accidents are not uncommon in the news. Every year, thousands of fatalities and injuries can be directly attributed to auto accidents. Although Louisiana law enforcement authorities and highway patrol members make attempts to deploy road safety measures and reduce the number of such incidents, tragic incidents may still occur. A case of wrongful death was recently in the news and is an example of an automobile related fatality.
Last week in the afternoon, Lafayette Police responded to an auto accident report. Investigators, looking into the incident, said that the accident occurred when a dump truck struck a pedestrian while it was backing up onto a lot. The victim was walking behind the truck when he was struck down by the vehicle.
The pedestrian, a 56-year-old man, who has already been identified by the police, was driven to the local hospital. He was pronounced dead on arrival. The police department’s traffic unit is currently investigating the crash. However, no citations have been issued yet in connection with the incident.
If there was an element of negligence on part of the truck driver which significantly contributed to the incident, this case might be viewed as an example of wrongful death. In a case where the victim passes away due to injuries sustained in an accident, the victim’s family members can file a suit for wrongful death to recover compensation to cover costs associated with the accident, such as funeral costs. The compensation can also be used to cover pain and suffering the family has to endure for losing a loved one.
Source: KPLC 7 News, Lafayette Police investigating fatal accident involving pedestrian, Anne Robicheaux, Aug. 27, 2014