Whether in Orleans Parish or elsewhere, traveling in a car can be a dangerous undertaking. Automobile travel is one of the most dangerous modes of travel, statistically more hazardous than traveling by airplane, train or riverboat. For example, over 3,100 deaths in 2014 were in crashes blamed on distracted drivers.
Many automobile-related deaths can be attributed to the negligence of a person other than the victim. Depending on the circumstances, a driver at fault in a fatal car accident may be guilty of a criminal offense. Are there any other options for a victim's survivors to hold the at-fault driver accountable? There may be. The at-fault driver could be held liable to the victim's loved ones in a wrongful death case. If found liable, the driver could be ordered to pay compensation to the victim's family. Damages could compensate for funeral expenses, pain and suffering and more.