A 19-year-old Woodlands, Louisiana, newlywed was recently killed and her husband was critically injured after the car the couple were riding in was struck from behind on the interstate. The driver who caused the fatal car accident has since been charged with a number of offenses, including negligent injuring, careless operation and negligent homicide. It's been reported that the driver who crashed into their vehicle had alcohol in his system, but was not over the legal limit.
The accident happened earlier this month. The 19-year-old was driving eastbound on Interstate 12 in Slidell, Louisiana, around 6 p.m. Her husband was the passenger in the car.
Traffic had started to slow down near exit 80. The car started to slow, but it appears that for whatever reason the driver behind them did not have enough time to react to the slowing traffic. That driver crashed a pickup truck into the rear of the car the couple was in.
The 19-year-old of The Woodlands was killed on impact. Her husband was taken to the University Hospital in New Orleans in critical condition.
After the accident, the driver of the pickup truck submitted to a breath test. Alcohol was detected in his system, but he was reportedly not over the legal limit. He was handed down charges related to the accident though and was reportedly being held in the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
Looking to the future, in terms of a possible lawsuit on behalf of the driver who was killed and from her husband, the fact that the driver who appears to have caused the accident was under the legal limit does not really matter. What does matter is if he caused the accident and could possibly be held accountable for it.
Of course, a lawsuit and any subsequent compensation will not take back what happened, but often families who sue after a fatal motor vehicle accident are able to find peace through seeking justice.
Source: Your Houston News, "Woodlands woman, 19, killed in Louisiana crash," June 20, 2012