Lafayette, LA- Car crashes are an unfortunate reality that touches the lives of thousands of Louisiana residents each year. Crash data from 2013, compiled by Louisiana State University, indicates that 703 state resident lost their lives in traffic accidents. Motorists, pedestrians, cyclist, and bikers are all vulnerable and there’s no way of knowing when a life-altering accident is going to touch someone’s life.
In recent weeks, there have been a number of fatal accidents throughout the state, including two separate accidents that left a pedestrian and a motorcyclist dead.
On December 6th, a pedestrian canvassing on behalf of U.S. Senator Marie Landrieu in Shreveport was struck by a pickup truck traveling northbound on Buncombe Ave. According to ArkTexLa.com, a 23-year-old woman was seriously injured and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious injuries. She died of her injuries at the hospital.
Investigators said the driver of the pickup truck left the roadway and struck Fields as she walked along the shoulder. Police are waiting for the results of a toxicology test to determine if the driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Pedestrians, lacking the protection of a vehicle, are vulnerable to suffering serious injuries or death. If you or a loved one has been killed or seriously injured as a result of a pedestrian accident, you are urged to consult with a Lafayette accident attorney to discuss your rights and options for seeking compensation.
Another accident, also on December 6th, in St. Charles Parrish, a motorcyclist out for a ride with a friend was killed when he collided with the pickup truck
Fox8 reported that Jonathon Dascher, 30, and William Harrison, 29, were riding along Highway 3127 at 11:30 a.m. when for an unknown reason Dascher crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. Dascher’s motorcycle struck the front fender of the pickup truck and was thrown from his motorcycle.
The driver of the pickup truck tried to avoid hitting Dascher, but he was unable to. The impact of the crashed caused the pickup truck to veer of the roadway and roll over. The male driver suffered minor injuries.
Dascher, however, was not so lucky, he was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Harrison was able to avoid the collision so he suffered only minor injuries. Both men were wearing helmets police said.
Police don’t suspect alcohol played a role in the crash, but they are waiting on toxicology tests from the pickup driver and Dascher to make their final determination.
When a catastrophic accident has touched your life, you will understandably want justice if your injuries or loss were caused by the negligence of another driver. Before making any decisions about how to pursue your injury claim, you should speak with a Louisiana accident attorney immediately. After examining the details of your accident, an attorney will decide the best course of action to take so you can recover compensation to pay your medical bills and any other accident-related costs you incur.

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