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Drunk driving and pedestrians don't mix

Everyone knows that Louisiana has its share of impaired drivers. As people travel the state's roadways, they know to be on the lookout for a vehicle that could be driven by someone under the influence. Pedestrians also need to remain aware since they have even fewer protections when they encounter someone who is drunk driving.

A 43-year-old Louisiana man was walking along the southbound shoulder of LA 24 on a recent Monday night. At around 9 p.m., a vehicle headed southbound on that same highway. The driver suddenly veered onto the shoulder and careened into the unsuspecting pedestrian, who succumbed to fatal injuries there at the scene.

A 62-year-old man was driving the vehicle, and preliminary police reports indicate he was intoxicated at the time. Despite the fact that the investigation remains open, the driver faces charges of improper lane usage and vehicular homicide. Authorities are most likely awaiting toxicology test results that will either confirm or refute the fact that the driver was impaired as part of the investigation.

Meanwhile, the family of the deceased victim must deal with his loss. Not only must they deal with the emotional loss, but also more than likely, they incurred financial losses as well because of this tragic and preventable drunk driving accident. Surviving family members retain the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver and any separate owner of the vehicle he was operating at the time of the fatal crash. If they are able to prove negligence on the part of the driver, the court could award damages to help defray their monetary losses.

Source:, "Pedestrian killed by drunk driver in Houma area, State Police say", Carlie Kollath Wells, April 18, 2017

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