Charges of vehicular homicide can apply when someone causes a fatal accident. Vehicular homicide only counts as a crime of violence when the at-fault driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is at least 0.2%, which is two-and-a-half times the legal limit of 0.08%. In August 2023, Louisiana enacted new legislation aimed at preventing drunk driving. One of the provisions of the new law is that, as of August 2023, vehicular homicide counts as a crime of violence if the at-fault driver’s blood alcohol content is at least 0.15%. Regardless of how much alcohol, if any, contributed to the accident, and regardless of whether the at-fault driver faced criminal charges, the families of victims of fatal car accidents have the right to file wrongful death lawsuits against the drivers who caused the accidents. A Houma car accident lawyer can help the families of victims of fatal collisions seek justice.
Passenger Dies in Single Vehicle Collision in Avoyelles Parish
In April 2023, Christopher McCoy of Bunkie was driving his GMC Sierra on Highway 1176, and Lauren Vaughn of Alexandria was a passenger in the front seat. The truck drove off the side of the road and into a ditch, where it struck a drainage pipe and a tree and then overturned, landing on its roof. Vaughn died from injuries she sustained in the collision. She was 22 years old. McCoy, 21, suffered injuries that were severe enough to require treatment but which were not life-threatening. McCoy was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision; news sources did not indicate whether Vaughn was wearing one.
According to the KALB news website, McCoy was taken into custody on June 7. He is facing charges of vehicular homicide, DWI first offense, not wearing a seatbelt, and having an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle. His blood alcohol content was 0.15%. Under the laws in place at the time that his criminal case began, the incident was not considered a violent crime. Pursuant to the new laws, causing a fatal accident when one’s blood alcohol content is at least 0.15 causes the violent crime provisions to apply, including having one’s mugshot published.
Justice for Victims of Fatal DWI Accidents
If you have lost a family member in a drunk driving accident, then the at-fault driver’s mugshots are the least of your concerns, and it does not matter whether the driver’s blood alcohol content was just slightly above the legal limit or sky high. Regardless of the outcome of the criminal case resulting from the accident, you have the right to file a civil lawsuit against the at-fault driver or any other parties legally responsible for the accident.
Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey About Car Accidents
A car accident lawyer can help you recover your accident-related financial losses if you are the surviving family member of a victim of a DWI accident. Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey in Houma, Louisiana, to set up a consultation about your case.