Man Charged with Two Counts of Negligent Homicide and One Count of Feticide for Crash in Slidell
According to the National Safety Council’s most recent report, motor-vehicle deaths have been on the rise in Louisiana. From 2015-2016, the total amount of motor-vehicle deaths increased by 2%, with a total increase from 2014-2016 of 5%. While data for 2017 has not been released yet, motor-vehicle accidents resulting in death still remain prominent in Louisiana.
This past weekend a man, mom, and unborn baby were travelling southbound on Highway 11 on the bridge flyover. While driving, a man in a truck travelling northbound crossed the center lane, causing him to crash head-on with the car.
All passengers in the car were taken to the hospital where they were pronounced dead due to the injuries they sustained. The truck driver has been charged with two counts of negligent homicide and one count of feticide.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims during this difficult time.
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While we know the man crossing the centerline caused the accident, there still may be other factors that may have come into play. Currently, results of a chemical test the man was given after the accident have not been completed.
While you are driving, keep these safety tips in mind:
- Never drive distracted: avoid using your cellphone, eating, fiddling with radio, and anything else that takes your focus off the task of driving.
- Never drive impaired: avoid driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Driving while impaired makes a person less attentive and slows their reaction time.
- Keep your hands on the wheel, in proper positions: while most of us learned to drive with our hands 10 and 2 (as envisioned on a clock) on the wheel, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says you should grip the wheel at 9 and three or even 8 and 4. This allows for more stability and could actually prevent arm or hand injuries.
- Never drive if you’re tired: much like driving while impaired, a person is less attentive when sleepy and people have a slower reaction time.
- Do not speed: travelling at a high rate of speed allows for a shorter amount of time a person has to prevent a crash. Additionally, it influences the risk of a road crash occurring as well as the severity of injuries that occur as a result of the crash.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident through no fault of your own, call Gauthier Amedee today at 225-647-1700 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case evaluation.
Don’t delay. Get the help you need today with Gauthier Amedee.December 7th, 2017