Rollover accidents are extremely dangerous. This is especially true when the vehicle’s occupants do not wear their seat belts. An alcohol-related crash on Broadmore Road in Jefferson Davis Parish demonstrated just how deadly this combination can be when it took the life of a 26-year-old Lake Arthur man.
The driver, who also suffered injuries, faces vehicular homicide charges because of the death of his passenger.
What lead to this accident?
The 29-year-old driver lost control and overcorrected while traveling north on Broadmore. The truck rolled, ejecting the 26-year-old passenger and injuring the driver.
The ejected passenger died on the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt. Police, who believe alcohol or drugs played a role in this late single-vehicle crash, charged the driver with DWI in addition to vehicular homicide and several other violations.
What can we learn from this crash?
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost a third of all auto accident fatalities in 2014 involved alcohol. In Louisiana alone, more than 3,000 people died from drunk driving crashes during the nine-year period from 2003 to 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There is no doubt that drinking and driving is a deadly combination. This is why all 50 states have laws that limit the legal blood alcohol content at 0.08 percent. While there were a number of factors that combined to make this particular crash a fatal one, there may not have been a crash at all if the driver had not driven while impaired.
What are the dangers of a rollover crash?
According to a study published in the Annals of Medical and Health Sciences Research, almost one out of every three highway car accident fatalities occurs in a rollover crash.
When the force of a rollover accident ejects an occupant of the car, the chance of injuries or a fatality increases exponentially. In fact, an ejected passenger in a rollover is five times more likely to die than one who remains in his or her seat. About 66 percent of deaths examined in the study occurred because of an ejection.
Seat belt use greatly improves the chances of remaining in the vehicle in a rollover. Only about three percent of occupants who suffered ejections had on a seat belt.
It is also important to note that Louisiana law requires all vehicle occupants to wear seatbelts, and considers seat belt use a primary offense. This means the police can stop the car for this violation.
How can the Law Offices of Matt & Allen help me after a Lafayette crash with a drunk driver?
If you suffer injuries because of a drunk driver, you likely want to hold that driver for his/her actions. This is important for your physical, financial, and emotional health. At the Law Offices of Matt & Allen, our lawyers understand this desire, and can help you file for compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
We will collect all of the necessary evidence to show the drunk driver caused your injuries, and we will work to ensure they pay the price. You can count on us to negotiate a fair and just settlement in your case, or to fight for you in court.
Call our Lafayette office today at 337-237-1000 to learn more.