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Fatalities often result from motorcycle vs. auto accidents

Many Louisiana residents enjoy riding motorcycles despite the fact that they are more vulnerable to serious or fatal injuries in the event of a crash. The sad truth is that fatalities often result from motorcycle vs. auto accidents. The question becomes whether the circumstances of a particular accident lead to criminal charges against the auto driver, along with civil actions filed by surviving family members.

Of course, not all motorcycle vs. vehicle crashes are the fault of the vehicle driver. However, when the official investigation points to wrongdoing on the part of the vehicle driver, Louisiana prosecutors then need to determine whether that driver's actions rise to the level of criminality. For example, police recently arrested a woman on suspicion of driving left of center and vehicular homicide.

Preliminary reports indicate that the vehicle driven by the 30-year-old woman crashed into a motorcycle operated by 43-year-old man. He died because of the injuries he suffered in the impact. The woman suffered injuries as well, and officials report that she will be transported to the jail in Livingston Parish when she is medically released.

Any evidence gathered by officials and used in court by prosecutors could also be useful in a wrongful death claim to help prove negligence. Keeping track of the criminal proceedings could prove important to that end. In many civil cases, this information is added to an independent investigation into fatal auto accidents. The better that the evidence in a civil claim establishes that the death was due to the negligence of another, the more likely it is that the court will award damages to surviving family members.

Source: wbrz.com, "Woman arrested after deadly crash on Magnolia Bridge Road", Courtney Allen, Jan. 18, 2017

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