Posted on July 29, 2016
Victims of motor vehicle accidents in Louisiana have the right to take action against the responsible party. Whether involved in a head-on collision, a motorcycle crash or a hit-and-run, these victims may suffer from their injuries for the rest of their lives. These life-changing accidents can occur from distracted or impaired drivers and can have a wide variety of consequences.
A bicyclist was moving along a roadway one afternoon before he was struck by a motor vehicle traveling along the same street. Officials were contacted soon after the accident and found the 22-year-old male bicyclist; however, neither the vehicle that struck him nor its driver were at the scene. The victim claimed to have pain in his ribs, but there were no visible injuries.
This man was able to get the license plate number of the vehicle, enabling authorities to quickly find the woman allegedly responsible. According to the victim, the 27-year-old driver was looking at her phone prior to the collision. Officials report that this driver smelled strongly of alcohol and marijuana, and there was evidence of alcohol in the vehicle. She was then arrested and is facing charges for an accident involving personal injury, failing to render aid and the possession of marijuana.
Although this driver is already facing charges for her actions, the bicyclist who suffered injury during the course of this accident has the right to file civil claims for his personal injury. Louisiana residents who suffer injuries during motor vehicle accidents like this one, or those involving multiple vehicles, may also have the right to take action for the damages that they suffer. These claims may lead to possible compensation for medical expenses incurred as a result of the accident.
Source: alicetx.com, “Man on bicycle struck by car“, Melissa Cantu Trevino, Sep. 14, 2015