Law enforcement officials in Louisiana say that a wrong-way driver caused an accident on the evening of Jan. 2 that claimed the life of a 29-year-old man. Deputies from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office have arrested a 49-year-old man in connection with the fatal accident. He is being held at the parish jail and faces a raft of charges including counts of negligent homicide, driving with an expired driver’s license, driving without insurance and violating traffic laws. His bond has been set at $75,800 according to media reports.
Impatience leads to accident
The accident took place on Manhattan Boulevard in Harvey at approximately 7 p.m. The sheriff’s office says that the driver of a Mercedes-Benz sedan that was proceeding southbound on Manhattan Boulevard crossed into the path of oncoming traffic as he attempted to turn into a motel parking lot. A northbound motorcycle then struck the Mercedes. A police representative said that the man could have avoided the accident by proceeding further on Manhattan Boulevard and making a U-turn.
The force of the collision ejected the motorcyclist from his ride. Emergency workers pronounced the man dead at the scene. A second motorist who drove around a police vehicle and through the accident scene also faces charges. Police took this 27-year-old man into custody after determining that he was driving while impaired.
Evidence in motorcycle accident lawsuits
Police reports could provide crucial evidence for personal injury attorneys pursuing civil remedies on behalf of motorcycle accident victims. When drivers who caused accidents are charged with a crime or cited for violating motor vehicle laws, attorneys may use police reports to show that the at-fault driver acted negligently and should be held liable. Other evidence gathered by law enforcement that could be used in court includes accident reports and toxicology tests results.