A 39-year-old man was killed on the morning of Sept 12 when his motorcycle struck a minivan being driven recklessly according to the Louisiana State Police. The man behind the wheel of the minivan has been cited for failing to yield, but reports suggest that the investigation is ongoing and further charges may be filed. Police are said to be waiting for the results of toxicology tests performed on both drivers to reveal whether or not drug use or alcohol consumption could have played a role.
The collision took place on Louisiana Highway 3127 in Vacherie at approximately 5:30 a.m. According to a LSP report, the rider of a northbound motorcycle was ejected when his machine struck a Pontiac minivan that turned left directly into his path. Reports reveal that the Pearl River resident was wearing an approved crash helmet at the time of the accident, but he was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. James Parish Coroner's Office.
The 35-year-old man behind the wheel of the minivan was also hurt in the crash. He was transported by ambulance to the Thibodaux Regional Medical Center with what were described as moderate injuries. Police say that a sample of the man's blood has been collected and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for testing.
Experienced personal injury attorneys may consider damages carefully when preparing wrongful death lawsuits. This is because the dependent family members of individuals killed by reckless drivers often face severe financial hardship due to the loss of a household paycheck and unexpected expenses like medical bills and funeral costs.
Source: The Times-Picayune, "Pearl River motorcyclist dies after collision in Vacherie: State Police", Robert Rhoden, Sept. 18, 2018