The Louisiana State Police reported thirteen fatal crashes in Louisiana over the Thanksgiving holiday week. The accidents tragically resulted in fourteen deaths. Two crashes were caused by driver impairment and one crash involved a motorcycle and a pedestrian.
Louisiana law takes a harsh stance on drunk driving. This past legislative session, state lawmakers passed six new laws giving officers several methods to test an individual suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These laws also create harsher penalties for repeat offenders.
Despite the state’s recent crack down on drunk driving, driving under the influence remains a serious problem in the state, especially during the holidays. Impaired driving is a leading cause of fatal motor vehicle accidents in Louisiana. If your loved one was seriously injured or killed in a drunk driving accident, you should speak with a lawyer to learn about your legal rights.
After a car accident, police will investigate the cause of the accident. If the police find the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the driver may receive a citation, fine or imprisonment. If the driver is convicted of driving under the influence, evidence of the defendant’s statutory violation may bolster a plaintiff’s case in civil litigation.
Broussard and David attorneys have experience handling car accidents and drunk drivers. In 2007, Broussard and David obtained the highest punitive damage award in the State of Louisiana against an intoxicated truck driver. Experts were enlisted to prove the driver’s intoxication and a Lafayette Parish jury awarded $15,000,000.00 in punitive damages.