Frischhertz & Impastato

Call Or Email Us For A Free Consultation

Phone: 504-264-9915

Toll Free: 866-920-5611

Suspected drunk driver injures Mardi Gras partygoers

A suspected drunk driver in a pickup truck plowed through a group of people attending a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, leaving 28 people injured. The victims ranged from small children to adults enjoying the Mardi Gras festivities. Thankfully, it does not appear that any of the injuries will be fatal, although the exact nature of the injuries is unknown at this time. At least three victims had to stay in the hospital, though, and, initially, several hospitals received victims. One victim was a police officer.

After hitting the crowd, the pickup truck then cashed in to another vehicle. The driver was removed from his truck and immediately arrested. He will face multiple criminal charges. According to police, his blood alcohol content was .232 percent, which is well above the legal alcohol limit in Louisiana. His bond has been set at $125,000, and at this time he is being represented by the public defender's office.

In addition to the man's criminal charges, it appears from early reports that he or his insurance company may be liable to compensate up to 28 people, all of whom he injured in this car accident. In addition to needing medical care and, in some cases, time off from work to recover, these victims likely suffered emotional distress and other noneconomic damages.

Under the circumstances of this case, injured victims should also be aware that the driver may not have enough insurance coverage or other resources to be able to pay full compensation to all of his victims. A victim should be prepared to have to turn his or her claim over to his or her own insurance company for underinsured or uninsured motorist benefits. However, pursuing a personal injury lawsuit can be a powerful way to recover much needed compensation and help get a victim back on his or her feet.

Source: ABC News, "Suspect in Mardi Gras parade crash expected to face at least 19 more charges," Michael Edison Hayden et al., Feb. 26, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For a Response

Schedule Your Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

It’s Easy To Reach Us.

Our office is easily accessible from
anywhere in the New Orleans metro area.

1140 St.Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Toll Free: 866-920-5611
Phone: 504-264-9915
Fax: 504-581-1670
New Orleans Law Office Map