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New Orleans Driver's Blood Alcohol Content Was Nearly Three Times The Legal Limit

March 18, 2017

The van driver was arrested for a February 26, 2017, crash that injured 28 people during a parade was highly intoxicated. According to The Times-Picayune of Greater New Orleans, the 25-year-old driver's blood alcohol content was .232 nearly two hours after the crash. That reading is almost three times Louisiana's legal limit of .08% blood alcohol content. Law enforcement officers charged the driver with two counts of first-degree negligent vehicular injuring, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and hit-and-run causing serious injury. The driver's case is still pending in a Louisiana court.

The crash occurred on a Saturday night while revelers were enjoying a parade. The pickup truck driver crashed into a group of 32 people at the parade. His vehicle came to rest only after plowing into a nearby dump truck. Miraculously no one was killed. However, two people suffered serious injuries. One woman was in critical condition with internal injuries, and a New Orleans police lieutenant suffered a broken leg after being struck by the barreling truck. In total, 23 people suffered injuries of varying degrees of seriousness.

New Orleans police investigated the crash. In the immediate aftermath, police located the driver of the pickup truck. Police allege that he did not pass field sobriety tests. The also say that the driver smelled of a strong odor of alcohol and submitted to a breathalyzer test after the initial police encounter. The test yielded the .232 blood alcohol content.

What Can A Georgia Drunk Driving Injury Attorney Do For You If You Were Injured By A Drunk Driver? 

Getting an attorney involved shortly after drunken driver injured you may help you with your personal injury claim if you have suffered injuries. Each case is different, and different claims may yield different results. Notwithstanding, there are some steps your attorney might be able to take to increase the chances of a recovery.

  • Your attorney can work with the prosecution team in hopes of getting the best possible result. The prosecution team's lawyers do not represent you. Rather, they represent the government and you should strongly consider cooperating with them. Being a witness in a criminal prosecution demonstrates that you are genuinely concerned about public safety and not just about yourself. Proving you are a good citizen who was innocently injured by a careless drunken driver is aLeo a powerful statement.
  • Your attorney can obtain a significant amount of information about the prosecution from public records requests. Often times, law enforcement agencies can decline to release information about a crime because the matter remains under investigation. That being said, there are valuable pieces of evidence that are available to you once the investigation concludes. Your attorney can get a copy of police reports, police narratives, and crash reports. Additionally, your attorney can make open records requests for any 911 recordings, dispatch logs, and so-called turret tapes. These items contain a tremendous amount of information and may even lead to discovering witnesses to the crash of whom you were unaware. You might also learn about other evidence such as surveillance videos from local surveillance cameras, police body cameras, and other evidence vital to your claim.
  • Your attorney can also assist the prosecution in helping you tell your story. If you testify for the prosecution, you can have your attorney with you during case preparation, and in court watching you testify If necessary. 

Insurance companies look for every advantage when analyzing a claim. They are usually motivated to keep the settlement offers low. However, being a strong witness for the prosecution might put the insurance company on notice that your claim should be taken seriously.

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