According to WAFB9, a police chase ended tragically at around 10:30 p.m. last Tuesday when the car that deputies were pursuing crashed into another vehicle. Authorities claim officers were chasing a 30-year-old man driving a 2016 Dodge Charger when the fatal collision occurred.
Detectives were investigating suspected unlawful activity when they encountered the motorist, who allegedly attempted to run over two of the deputies with his vehicle before fleeing the scene. Police pursued the man until he hit a 2004 Chevy Impala while turning left.
The driver of the Chevy, a 23-year-old man, was not involved in the chase or any suspected illegal activity. According to police, he died at the hospital.
Responders also took the motorist whom police had been pursuing to the hospital. His condition has not been reported.
Investigations regarding the collision and the initial suspected illegal activity remain ongoing. The suspect could face charges for the fatal crash, and according to court records, he already has a violent criminal history.
If you were hurt or lost a family member in a car accident, contact Laborde Earles Law Firm to find out if you have grounds for a claim. Our lawyers have recovered more than $200 million for clients in successful settlements and verdicts. Call 800-522-6733 to schedule a free case evaluation with a car wreck lawyer in Baton Rouge.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Louisiana?
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When someone sustains debilitating injuries because of another party’s recklessness, he or she has the right to seek compensation from the liable party by filing a personal injury claim. If the injuries turn out to be fatal, as in the case above, the victim’s family members can file a wrongful death claim against the liable party instead.
Pursuant to Article 2315.2 of the Louisiana State Legislature, the following parties may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim after losing a loved one:
- The surviving spouse and children of the deceased;
- The surviving parents of the deceased;
- The surviving siblings of the deceased; or
- The surviving grandparents of the deceased.
What Kinds of Damages Can Family Members Recover by Filing a Wrongful Death Claim?
You may be able to include both economic and non-economic damages in your settlement negotiations. Some examples of recoverable damages include:
- Medical bills prior to the deceased’s passing;
- Funeral expenses;
- Loss of the deceased’s future earnings;
- Loss of the deceased’s benefits;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Loss of consortium.
Losing a loved one is always emotionally devastating, but the grief can be especially unbearable when the loss is unanticipated and occurs as the result of a preventable accident. Although filing a wrongful death claim will not bring your relative back, it can help you achieve some semblance of closure by holding the liable party accountable. Securing a settlement will also help your family maintain their financial security.
If you lost a loved one in a collision with a negligent motorist, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and non-economic damages. A car wreck lawyer from Laborde Earles Law Firm will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim and then help you fight for the maximum compensation. Call 800-522-6733 to schedule a free consultation with a Baton Rouge auto accident attorney.