A man was killed the morning of May 8 after a two-vehicle crash between a motorcycle and a car on a local highway. Police have identified the victim as a Louisiana resident. Charges have been filed against the owner of the car who initiated the motorcycle accident.
Police believe the victim was traveling east on Highway 40, when a 63-year-old woman pulled her vehicle out of a private driveway. The victim swerved into the westbound lane to avoid a collision, but when the car suddenly turned left, the car struck the motorcycle. The victim was thrown from the motorcycle, and arriving authorities pronounced him dead at the scene. His identity has been confirmed by police.
The woman driving the car has been charged with a failure to yield when exiting a private driveway, as well as negligent homicide. No court date has yet been announced. It is unknown if the woman is currently in police custody, and there has been no word as to whether or not any other factors influenced the accident at this time.
With charges already filed against the offending driver in the case of this motorcycle accident, this could assist in the building of any wrongful death action against the driver that might be bright in a civil court. Louisiana law could allow for the family of the victim to pursue additional legal recourse in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit against the offending driver. While financial compensation is no replacement for the loss of a loved one, it can go a long way toward easing the financial burden brought on by a sudden death.
Source: GoErie.com, "Motorcycle driver dies in crash with car on La. 40," May 9, 2013