When motor vehicle accidents occur, there will be a determination as to who is at fault for the collision. Either the person who was driving or the owner of a commercial vehicle will have to pay for all of a victim’s losses when they are found to be at fault.
The Baton Rouge police responded to a three vehicle crash that took the life of a pedestrian.
Pedestrian is killed after a collision that involved three different vehicles
The incident happened at the 9000 block of Airline Highway at about 5 am on a Monday morning. A 2004 model Chevrolet pickup truck was attempting to merge from the center lane to the right lane of traffic. Around this time, the truck collided with a 1999 Nissan Maxima sedan. The sedan went off of the road and hit a pedestrian due to the impact. After this initial collision, the Chevy pickup truck then drifted to the left and hit a 2001 GMC Yukon that was in the left lane.
The pedestrian who was injured during the first segment of the accident was taken to a local hospital for treatment. However, the victim was pronounced dead a short time later. No one else aside from the pedestrian is believed to have been hurt in the accident.
Police are still in the process of doing a full investigation, and it is unknown whether the truck driver will receive citations or if the state plans on bringing criminal charges. The identity of the victim was not released until the family was notified.
Bringing a lawsuit against an irresponsible driver
When a driver makes some kind of mistake on the roads and causes injuries, it is likely that they will be sued. This is one of the reasons why all drivers in the United States must have some kind of basic liability coverage on their auto insurance policy.
Personal injury attorneys routinely bring claims against drivers and businesses that cause serious harm to others. This is because a victim will have thousands or millions of dollars of unforeseen expenses after the accident, and it is unfair for them to have to pay for the mistakes of another person or entity. The amounts paid out are usually meant to cover hospital bills, medical treatment, lost wages, and even non-economic harm that results in trauma or pain and suffering. A conversation with a lawyer can give an estimate of the value of any collision.
Cases that involve a victim who has died
Wrongful death lawsuits are available if the victim is deceased and cannot file a claim on their own. Louisiana has a wrongful death law that gives special rules which are slightly different from other civil cases. These lawsuits allow other family members to stand in place of the deceased person and bring the case on their behalf. However, they also have a short statute of limitations, so it is best to talk to an attorney shortly after the accident.
Get assistance from a local accident lawyer
There are attorneys who are ready to give advice and guidance after any kind of collision in the Baton Rouge area. Contact the lawyers at Miller, Hampton, and Hilgendorf to learn more about how you can respond after an accident.