The moments after a car crash can be a chaotic scene. As damaged vehicles and wounded people are in the roadway, often other vehicles will continue to travel by at high speeds. Sometimes, kind hearted people will stop by to help. Unfortunately, these good Samaritans can get hurt while trying to help others.
Accident on US 90B eastbound
Recently, such a situation occurred in Jefferson Parish here in Louisiana. A car crash on US 90B eastbound drew the attention of several good Samaritans. These charitable people stopped to aid the car crash victims. Sadly, these good Samaritans were then themselves hit by another vehicle traveling down the highway.
The reason for the second crash involving the parties that stopped is still under investigation. The second crash tragically resulted in the death of one of the good Samaritans. After a thorough investigation, i is possible that the collisions like the second one will have facts suggesting a wrongful death. A wrongful death is a situation where an individual passes away because of the negligence or intentional act of another person.
Wrongful death lawsuit
In the event that an individual is injured due the negligence or intentional act of another driver, the injured person may hold that driver responsible for their injuries. The injured person can file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver responsible for the injury.
In the tragic event of a fatal accident, the victim’s family may file a wrongful death lawsuit instead. The family is entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit not just because of financial loss, but because of emotional loss, the loss of companionship of their loved one.
Filing for wrongful death in Louisiana
In Louisiana, wrongful death lawsuits must be filed by individuals who are the proper beneficiaries of the deceased individual. It must also be filed one calendar year after the passing of the individual. Spouse and children, parents, and finally siblings have the power to bring about a wrongful death lawsuit in Louisiana, and in that order.
An experienced Louisiana personal injury attorney can help the injured and their families navigate specific state laws in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.