Chemical Waste Spilled After Driver Backs Into 18-Wheeler on I-10 Near Slidell

CAR ACCIDENTS, PERSONAL INJURY

361034_emergency_vehicle_2_sxchu-thumb-225x168-36689On Wednesday, a semi-truck carrying a tanker loaded with chemical waste tipped over on eastbound Interstate 10 near Slidell. The accident occurred around noon after 25-year-old Robert Muccino Jr. reportedly missed his exit and reversed his passenger car into the cab of the moving 18-wheeler. According to Louisiana State Police, 42-year-old Ned Robinson was unable to maintain control of the semi-truck after it was hit and the entire rig overturned in the median. Both drivers and a passenger in Muccino’s vehicle were hospitalized following the crash.

The 18-wheeler was carrying 4,000 gallons of spent caustic retrieved from an Exxon refinery in Chalmette earlier in the day. Immediately following the accident, the corrosive waste began leaking from the tank it was being carried in. According to St. Tammany Parish 1st Fire Protection District Chief Larry Hess, the leaking chemical did not pose an inhalation threat but it was capable of causing contact chemical burns. State Police Hazardous Materials clean-up crews reportedly laid sand around the tank before drilling a hole in it to siphon out the liquid waste. The chemical waste was then transferred to another container before police hauled the mangled 18-wheeler away. Although the accident is still under investigation, Muccino was ticketed for improper backing.

Louisiana citizens spend countless hours in their automobiles each year. Unfortunately, so much time spent in motor vehicles means car accidents are also a grim fact of life. Automobile collisions are the leading cause of personal injury claims filed in our state each year. Car accidents like this one may be caused by a variety of factors including inattentive, reckless, or impaired drivers. Other causes can also include motor vehicle defects and hazardous road conditions. Although many motor vehicle collisions are simple fender benders, they can potentially result in tragic fatalities. Both drivers and passengers hurt due to someone else’s negligence may be entitled to receive monetary damages for medical bills, disability, suffering, pain, loss of income, loss of enjoyment of life, and wrongful death. Whenever you are injured in a car accident, it is a good idea to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney.

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Five People Killed in I-10 Head-On Collision Near New Orleans

CAR ACCIDENTS

Five people died in a head-on crash on Interstate 10 near LaPlace early Friday morning. According to Louisiana State Police, a Jeep Cherokee headed in the wrong direction on the elevated westbound interstate lanes struck another vehicle carrying four people around 3 am. Immediately following the initial crash, an 18-wheeler struck both vehicles and the Jeep burst into flames. Additionally, another westbound car struck the semi. Everyone involved in the head-on crash died at the scene while the drivers of the other two vehicles were treated for minor injuries. Due to the severity of the accident, police could not comment on whether those killed were male or female.

Prior to the crash, state police apparently received several reports of a Jeep traveling on the wrong side of the freeway. Unfortunately, officers were unable to reach the driver before the accident occurred. According to State Trooper Nick Manale, it is unclear why the Jeep was driving in the wrong direction on I-10. An autopsy will be conducted on the driver of the Jeep in order to determine whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the deadly crash. Manale stated that although driver impairment may have factored into the crash, all possible causes are still under investigation. Westbound I-10 was closed for almost five hours following the crash.

People in Louisiana spend countless hours in their cars each year and tragic accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. Regrettably, most of the personal injury claims filed in Louisiana each year result from auto accidents. Motor vehicle crashes may be caused by a variety of factors including impaired, inattentive or reckless drivers, automobile defects, and dangerous road conditions. A vehicle crash can range in severity from a minor fender bender to a deadly accident. People injured in a car accident may be entitled to receive money damages for past and future medical bills, pain, suffering, loss of income, loss of enjoyment of life, disability, and wrongful death. If you were injured in an automobile crash, an experienced attorney can help you evaluate your personal injury claim.

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New Orleans Police Officer Arrested for Second Hit-and-Run Accident

CAR ACCIDENTS, PERSONAL INJURY

A 14 year veteran of the New Orleans police force was arrested on hit-and run charges for an accident which allegedly occurred last September in the city’s Lower Garden District. The New Orleans Police Department’s Public Integrity Bureau also placed 38-year-old Roger J. Jones, Jr. on emergency suspension without pay based on allegations that he drove recklessly, ignored a traffic signal, hit a parked car, and left the scene of an accident.

Jones was previously booked on charges stemming from another hit-an-run crash which purportedly took place on the same day in Jefferson Parish. According to investigators, Jones allegedly crashed his New Orleans Police Department vehicle in Metairie. After a Louisiana State Trooper visited Jones’ home, smelled alcohol on his breath, and observed damage to the cruiser, Jones told the Trooper he hit a curb and a pole. Upon further investigation, there was no sign of an accident where Jones claimed the damage to his vehicle occurred. While on the scene, an alleged hit-and-run by a police cruiser at another location was reported to police. Police became suspicious after learning the vehicle purportedly hit was red and part of the damage to Jones’ cruiser included red paint streaks. Jones is currently awaiting trial in that case.

Jones previously served in the city’s 8th District as a “quality of life” officer. Prior to his latest arrest, Jones was placed on desk duty over the charges in Jefferson Parish. A spokesperson for the New Orleans Police Department stated that more details regarding Jones’ arrest will be revealed at a later time. Donovan Livaccari, Jones’ attorney, believes the arrest was unnecessary and local police should have instead issued a summons in accordance with departmental policy. Of the 6,000 hit-and-run accidents in New Orleans last year, only 200 individuals were physically arrested.

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Two Die, Two Injured in Kentwood 18-Wheeler

CAR ACCIDENTS, PERSONAL INJURY, WRONGFUL DEATH

Two women were killed and two others injured after an 18-wheeler crashed into a passenger vehicle on LA 38 near Kentwood on Friday evening.

According to Louisiana state troopers who responded to the crash, a sedan driven by Elizabeth “Gail” Pittman McDaniel, a member of the local school board, stopped on the roadway to make a left turn as an 18-wheeler driven by Stennis Taylor approached the vehicle from the rear. Taylor purportedly saw the sedan too late to stop successfully and instead attempted to pass the car on the left in an effort to avoid a collision. As he did this, Pittman McDaniel’s vehicle began completing its left turn and the 18-wheeler struck the sedan on the driver’s side. All four passengers in the sedan were extricated by local emergency personnel.

Following the accident, Pittman McDaniel and another female passenger were taken to the hospital in serious condition. They were both wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision. Two other women in the sedan who were not wearing seatbelts were pronounced dead at the scene of the Tangipahoa Parish accident. The driver of the 18-wheeler, who was also wearing a safety belt at the time of the accident, was uninjured. Although toxicology reports are pending, neither driver is suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. Immediately following the accident, Taylor was arrested and charged with two counts of negligent homicide and two counts of negligent injuring in connection with the crash.

Americans spend countless hours in their vehicles each year. With so many people on the road at any given time, collisions are bound to occur. In fact, a majority of personal injury claims filed in this country each year relate to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash. Car accidents are caused by a wide variety of factors which may include inattentive or reckless drivers, vehicle defects, and hazardous road conditions. Increasingly, drivers must also watch out for individuals who are preoccupied by text messages, cell phones, and email. Any distraction can create a hazard for everyone on the road. Unfortunately, serious injury or death may result from a driver’s inattention.

If you or a family member was injured in a car accident because of another driver’s inattention or impairment, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain, disability, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Every automobile accident is different. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you evaluate your claim and advise you regarding the amount of compensation you may be eligible to recover from the driver who caused your injuries.

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No Fatalities in Wrong Way Crash on Interstate 10 in Acadia Parish

CAR ACCIDENTS

Only minor injuries resulted after a driver crossed the median on Interstate 10 near mile marker 83 in Acadia Parish and struck an 18-wheeler Tuesday. 35-year-old Curtis Cheley, of DeRidder, was treated for minor injuries before being arrested by Louisiana State Police and charged with reckless driving and driving while intoxicated. After he posted bail, Cheley was later rearrested for battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, attempted carjacking, and interfering with the duties of a police officer. The additional charges were filed by the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office in connection with an encounter with Cheley prior to the arrival of State Police.

Interestingly, the moments leading up to the crash were filmed by a passing motorist. The motorist, Danny Leblanc, stated he called police after he witnessed the pick-up truck driving in front of him swerving wildly. After calling authorities, Leblanc began filming the vehicle using his mobile telephone. For approximately ten miles, the truck repeatedly drove onto and off of the median of the interstate. Finally, the eastbound truck drove into the westbound lanes of I-10. After the pick-up initially missed crashing directly into oncoming cars, the vehicle crashed into an 18-wheeler.

Although Leblanc failed to collect video footage of the crash itself, he pulled over and continued to record the events immediately following the crash. He has stated crash survivors exited their vehicles and the driver of the pick-up had a gash on his forehead. Leblanc also stated the driver appeared intoxicated and the man was allegedly difficult to communicate with. Leblanc claims Cheley refused to follow the orders of police on the scene and attempted to punch an officer. He also purportedly witnessed an officer use a taser on the driver of the pick-up in order to subdue him.

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Baton Rouge Bicyclist Killed by Drunk Driver

CAR ACCIDENTS

A Baton Rouge bicyclist was killed and another injured Saturday night after being struck from behind by an alleged drunk driver on Perkins Road. 30-year-old Nathaniel Crowson was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. His companion, Danny Morris, was taken to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition.

The driver, 28-year-old Joseph Branch, was taken into custody by police for suspected second offense driving while intoxicated. He was also charged with vehicular homicide. Tests revealed Branch had a blood alcohol content of .307 at the time of the accident. That is almost four times the legal limit of .08 in Louisiana.

According to his friends, Crowson regularly commuted on his bike and rode it cautiously. He worked at a local bicycle shop and understood the importance of wearing safety lights while riding at night. Crowson is survived by a 5-year-old daughter, Kat.

When a driver consumes drugs or alcohol, it can have a tremendous effect on his or her perception, reaction time, and judgment. A drunk or impaired driver is a danger to everyone they encounter on the road. Intoxicated driving is one of the leading causes of fatal accidents involving a motor vehicle in this country. You and your loved ones are placed at risk every time someone makes the choice to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If you were injured or lost a loved one due to the actions of an intoxicated driver, you may be entitled to compensation. In Louisiana, those injured by a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol may be awarded damages for medical bills, pain, suffering, and lost wages. By bringing a personal injury claim against a driver who injured you or your loved one, it may also send a message to others that driving while impaired is unacceptable. In some situations, a driver who chose to put others in danger may also be punished with punitive damages. A court may award punitive damages in an effort to deter others from engaging in the same behavior in the future. A qualified car accident attorney can explain the types of awards you may be entitled to.

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Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Killed in Carlyss Crash Not Wearing a Seatbelt

CAR ACCIDENTS

On Wednesday morning, a four-vehicle crash in Carlyss left a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Deputy dead and three other people injured. 41-year old Randall L. Benoit, of Sulphur, was killed on Louisiana Highway 1256 after a Ford Focus driven by Charles Harrell, a 28-year-old Carlyss man, crossed the center line and struck the deputy’s Ford Taurus head on. After the initial crash, another driver reportedly struck the rear of the deputy’s vehicle and then collided with a pick-up truck.

Although Benoit was on duty at the time of the crash, he was not wearing a seatbelt. The 18-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Civil Division died as a result of his injuries. Harrell, who was also not wearing a seatbelt, was reportedly in critical condition at an area hospital. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved in the crash were both wearing their seatbelts and sustained only minor injuries. According to law enforcement, toxicology samples were obtained from each driver and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for examination. Although additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues, local police stated Harrell will be ticketed for driving left of the center line and for failure to wear his seatbelt.

Captain Chris Guillory, a Troop D State Police Commander, stated the deputy’s tragic death is a harsh reminder to drivers everywhere of the importance of wearing a seatbelt. He also said in his experience wearing a seatbelt makes a difference in the severity of a crash victim’s injuries in most cases. When discussing the accident, State Trooper Sgt. James Anderson stated, “Buckle up Louisiana. Every trip. Every time.”

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Another Multi-Car Accident in New Orleans Closes Interstate in Same Location Less Than One Week After 40 Car Pileup

CAR ACCIDENTS

Less than one week after a 40 car pileup killed two people and sent dozens more to the hospital, another multi-car accident closed the same portion of Interstate 10 in eastern New Orleans. The three car accident occurred at approximately 8 am Wednesday morning and injured one person. Following the crash, New Orleans police closed all lanes of I-10 for about an hour during the busiest part of the early morning commute due to smoke from a smoldering marsh fire which apparently caused poor visibility for drivers.

Although the previous 40 car pileup was blamed on dense fog, Wednesday’s accident was not the first time this stretch of road has seen heavy smoke. New Orleans officials stated they believe the current fire is in the same location as one that created heavy smog which lasted for several days in August. Because the city believes any attempts to extinguish the fire on the wooded former wetlands will only create more smoke, the fire will merely be monitored from both the ground and the air for the time being. According to officials, the fire has the potential to smolder indefinitely.

The City of New Orleans has taken heavy criticism because nearby street lights installed in the center of I-10 were not operational at the time of either accident. Although the city claims it repaired the lights as recently as last July, a local tow-truck driver stated the area has been in the dark since last summer. He and others believe the darkness contributed to both of the recent multi-vehicle crashes.

In October, all efforts to repair broken street lights in New Orleans were temporarily suspended over purported funding issues. According to a representative from the Mayor’s office, street light repairs in the area of the accident are now completed. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has also recently installed smoke and fog driver warning signs.

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40 Car Pileup in New Orleans Closes I-10 for 12 Hours

CAR ACCIDENTS

Last Thursday morning, more than 40 cars were involved in a fatal accident on westbound Interstate 10 in eastern New Orleans. The accident occurred around 4:30 am and was purportedly the result of heavy fog in the area. Two people were killed and approximately two dozen more went to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. Thirty-seven others hurt in the accident refused immediate medical care. A New Orleans firefighter was also treated for facial cuts received while attempting to free an individual from a vehicle. Accident victims were taken to several area hospitals including Tulane, LSU Interim, Slidell Memorial, and Ochsner Baptist.

The horrific accident closed the entire interstate for nearly 11 hours and westbound lanes for about 12 hours. According to reports, the accident left some vehicles split in half and vans wedged beneath the trailers of eighteen wheelers. Traffic was backed up for miles during the busy morning commute. Witnesses say visibility on the road was reduced to less than 10 feet which likely contributed to the severity of the pileup. One witness stated it seemed as if the vehicle in front of her simply dropped off the face of the Earth.

Millions of Americans spend countless hours each week in their vehicle. Unfortunately, automobile accidents are an unpleasant fact of life. Luckily, few are as horrifying as this one. Still, motor vehicle accidents account for the majority of personal injury claims filed each year. In fact, approximately five million car accidents occur annually in the United States. Motor vehicle accidents can be caused by a variety of factors including a drunk or impaired driver, speeding, reckless or distracted driving, and even weather conditions.

The motor vehicles involved in an auto accident may range from small cars to large semi-trucks with trailers. The size of the vehicles involved in a crash will generally impact the severity of a victim’s injuries. Accidents involving larger vehicles or those traveling at a high rate of speed will often result in more life threatening injuries.

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Louisiana Third Circuit Affirms Exemplary Damages Award for Injuries Caused by Drunk Driver

CAR ACCIDENTS

Louisiana’s Third Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a trial court judge’s award of exemplary damages following an alcohol related motor vehicle collision. A judge awarded Steven Guillory $100,000 in exemplary damages for injuries sustained after he struck a work vehicle driven by Christopher Saucier as the vehicle turned onto Louisiana Highway 108. Immediately following the accident, Saucier failed a field sobriety examination administered by a law enforcement officer. The officer arrested Saucier for failure to yield and driving while intoxicated. An examination later performed at the police station revealed Saucier was driving the vehicle with a .171 blood alcohol content.

Following the accident, Guillory visited an emergency room due to pain in his lower back. Eventually, he sought care from an orthopedic surgeon who diagnosed him with multiple herniated discs as well as other back injuries. Guillory received a number of medical treatments for his pain. Although he stated much of his pain was alleviated by the medical treatments, Guillory claimed at trial he still experienced persistent back pain.

Guillory and his wife sued Saucier and his employer’s insurer for a variety of damages, including exemplary damages pursuant to Louisiana Civil Code Article 2315.4. Under the code, exemplary damages may be awarded to a person injured in a motor vehicle accident where the other party’s intoxication caused the collision and injuries, and the intoxicated individual engaged in “wanton or reckless disregard for the rights and safety of others.” At trial, the jury denied Guillory’s claim for exemplary damages despite that it determined Saucier’s intoxication caused the accident and his resulting injuries because the jury did not believe Saucier acted with “wanton disregard.” Next, Guillory filed a motion for a judgment notwithstanding the verdict. The trial judge granted his motion and awarded $100,000 in exemplary damages.

On appeal, Louisiana’s Third Circuit determined the judge properly granted Guillory’s motion and the exemplary damages award was reasonable. According to the appeals court, it was unreasonable for the jury to determine Saucier caused Guillory’s injuries by operating a motor vehicle while impaired and also state Saucier did not engage in “wanton or reckless disregard for the rights and safety of others.” Additionally, the level of Saucier’s intoxication after he was arrested also supported the trial judge’s ruling. The appeals court stated the amount of the exemplary damages award appeared fair and reasonably balanced given the extent of Guillory’s injuries and the overall circumstances of the accident.

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Another Fatality at Addis Intersection Where LSU Coach Miles’ Sister Was Killed in April

CAR ACCIDENTS

A driver was killed and two passengers were injured at an allegedly dangerous intersection just north of Addis, Louisiana on Saturday. The accident occurred at the intersection of LA-1 and Sugar Plantation Road in West Baton Rouge Parish. The vehicle of the driver killed was sideswiped as it headed south and came to rest in a nearby ditch. Earlier this year, a collision at the same location took the life of Anne Browne, sister of Louisiana State University head football coach Les Miles.

Residents of neighboring Sugar Mills Plantation Subdivision believe the intersection is so dangerous some refuse to allow their children to ride through it on a school bus. According to residents, the intersection is the only way to enter or exit their rapidly growing subdivision. Although they unsuccessfully lobbied for a traffic light to be installed at the intersection in the past, the latest fatality has renewed their pleas. Residents are currently seeking to draw more attention to the dangers presented to drivers due to the lack of a traffic light at the intersection. Officials with the town of Addis would also like to see a traffic light installed at the intersection.

They believe it is one of the most hazardous intersections in the area. Unfortunately, LA-1 is managed by the state and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development officials disagree. Instead, the state plans to install what is known as a j-turn lane which would require drivers to take a right hand turn when exiting the subdivision. Drivers seeking to travel in the opposite direction would then be required to make a u-turn down the road. Some residents believe the state’s j-turn plan will simply move traffic accidents and more potential fatalities down the road.

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New Orleans Man Killed in Hit-And-Run Auto Accident on I-10

CAR ACCIDENTS, WRONGFUL DEATH

A local barber was killed Friday morning after his vehicle burst into flames in a hit-and-run accident on Interstate 10 in New Orleans. 48-year-old Mitchell Baptiste was killed when his car spun out of control, hit a pole, and became engulfed in flames after a black Nissan with tinted windows and a large Fleur de lis on the back window struck Baptiste from behind. According to witnesses, the Nissan left the scene as they unsuccessfully attempted to save Baptiste. As a result of the accident, the interstate was closed in both directions for several hours. New Orleans police are currently seeking any information related to the vehicle and driver involved in the crash.

Baptiste’s was the second death in his family last week. His mother died from heart complications on Tuesday. He was headed to the airport Friday to retrieve his older brother, Stephen, who flew to New Orleans for the funeral. When Stephen couldn’t reach Baptiste on the telephone, he took a cab to his salon. The ride lasted nearly an hour due to traffic. After Stephen learned the interstate was closed, he was concerned Baptiste might be stuck in traffic on the way to the airport. Eventually, he learned his brother was a victim in the fatal accident.

Americans spend countless hours in their cars each week and motor vehicle accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. In fact, motor vehicle collisions are the cause of most personal injury claims filed each year. Auto collisions may be caused by a variety of factors including inattentive, impaired or reckless drivers, motor vehicle defects, and hazardous road conditions. An automobile accident can range in severity from a minor fender bender to a fatal crash. Injured drivers and passengers may be entitled to receive monetary damages for past and future medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of income, loss of enjoyment of life, disability, and wrongful death. Regardless of the severity of injuries, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you evaluate your claims.

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Texting and Emailing Behind the Wheel on the Rise in Louisiana, Nationwide

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, text messaging or sending emails while behind the wheel is becoming an increasing problem. Approximately one-fifth of all drivers admitted to sending messages while driving in 2010, an increase of 50 percent over the previous year. Young drivers were even more likely to text or email while on the road. Half of all drivers aged 21 to 24 admitted to sending messages from behind the wheel.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports distracted driving caused more than three thousand deaths last year. Sending messages while driving is not only unsafe, it is illegal in 35 of our nation’s 50 states. At least three other states treat text messaging and the use of cellular telephones as part of a larger distracted driver issue. In Louisiana, texting and driving has been illegal since 2008, but it wasn’t made a primary offense for which drivers could be pulled over until two years later. The Safety Administration currently advocates for both stricter enforcement of laws which ban texting or emailing while driving and effective educational campaigns aimed at drivers.

Merely speaking with others on a cell phone can also result in distracted driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates nine percent of drivers on the road in 2010 were using a cellular telephone. This rate was even higher for drivers aged 16 to 24. In Louisiana, cell phone use by teens aged 17 and under is prohibited.

Americans spend countless hours in their cars each year. Drivers who are distracted by cell phones, text messages, and email can be a serious danger to everyone on the road. A wide variety of injuries and even death may result from their negligence. If you were injured in an automobile accident due to another person’s inattention, you may be eligible to receive compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages and earning capacity, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Because no two auto accidents are alike, an experienced car accident attorney can help you assess the amount of damages you should recover from the driver who caused your injuries.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in an automobile accident, contact Baton Rouge car accident attorney J. Price McNamara today for a free consultation. He understands the uncertainty and devastation which can be caused by a serious auto accident, and is committed to helping you recover the damages you are entitled to receive. With offices in Baton Rouge and Metairie, J. Price McNamara assists clients throughout Louisiana. Call our offices today at (866) 248-0580 or contact us through our website.

MADD Vigil Raises Awareness About Risks of Impaired Driving in Lake Charles, Louisiana

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The Lake Charles chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) held a vigil this weekend to raise awareness regarding the impact drunk driving has on individuals and families in both Louisiana and nationwide. Community action site leader Barbara Daretz lost her only grandson, Ryan, due to the actions of a drunk driver more than three years ago. He was struck by an intoxicated driver after a Louisiana State University football game in October 2007. The young man sustained a traumatic brain injury and remained in a coma until he died eight months later at the age of 24. According to Daretz, Ryan wasn’t killed in an accident because his death was entirely preventable. She hopes to prevent other families from losing loved ones through awareness events like the one held in Lake Charles.

Each year, the number of alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes rises during the holiday season. Because of this, MADD has designated December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. According to MADD, one in three people will eventually be involved in an alcohol-related crash and someone is injured by an impaired driver every minute. Those attending holiday celebrations are encouraged to designate a driver or make other arrangements prior to heading out.

Consuming alcohol can affect a driver’s judgment, perception, and reaction time. An impaired driver is a hazard to not only themselves, but also everyone they encounter on the road. Drunk driving is a leading cause of fatal motor vehicle accidents. You and your loved ones are placed at risk every time someone chooses to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If you or a loved one was hurt by the actions of a drunk or impaired driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Bringing a personal injury claim against the driver who hurt you may also help send a message to others that driving while intoxicated is not acceptable behavior. In Louisiana, those injured by a drunk driver may be awarded monetary damages for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded to not only punish the impaired driver but also deter others from engaging in the same behavior in the future. Our Baton Rouge car accident lawyers can help you understand your rights and navigate the legal system.

Contact J. Price McNamara, a Contact the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara, today if you have been injured by a drunk or impaired driver. Our skilled and experienced car accident attorneys represent clients throughout Louisiana, including Baton Rouge, Metairie, New Orleans, Lafayette, and Mandeville. To schedule a free initial consultation, call J. Price McNamara today at (866) 248-0580 or contact us through our website.