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Auto accidents can occur even before leaving the driveway

When Louisiana residents hear about crashes that took place as someone pulled out of a residential driveway, they may not automatically think that someone in another vehicle died. They may wonder if a child was injured or killed or if it was a fender bender that created more of an inconvenience than anything else. However, several auto accidents that occur when exiting a residential driveway do result in serious injuries or deaths.

The driveways of many homes meet roadways on which the speed limits make crashes more serious. For instance, a Louisiana motorcycle rider recently lost his life on a Sunday evening. As he rode on Louisiana 23 in the right hand lane, another driver began pulling out onto the roadway. The motorcycle was unable to stop and crashed into the back of the vehicle. The driver was thrown off it and landed in the roadway.

The motorcycle rider suffered fatal injuries. Police took the 68-year-old driver of the other vehicle into custody on suspicion of drunk driving. In addition to a DWI charge, the man faces a charge for vehicular homicide, failure to wear a seat belt and improper backing. 

If Louisiana prosecutors secure a conviction on a charge related to the motorcycle rider's death, the victim's surviving family members may use that conviction, along with any evidence prosecutors intend to present to the court in the criminal proceedings, as evidence of that driver's negligence. If successful, an award for damages seen in other fatal auto accidents could be ordered. Any restitution received could help with the unexpected expenses and monetary losses that accompany a premature death.

Source: theadvocate.com, "Belle Chasse man arrested in fatal motorcycle accident", Helen Freund, Sept. 4, 2017

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