Center for Analytics & Research in Transportation Safety reported Louisiana had 99 fatal commercial vehicle accidents in 2022. Experiencing the loss of a loved one in a tragic semi-truck accident is an unimaginable and heartbreaking ordeal for families.
For those dealing with the loss of a loved one, understanding the legal rights provided under the Louisiana wrongful death statute is important. This law grants families the right to pursue various damages in the aftermath of a fatal accident.
Families may recover economic damages. These encompass financial losses directly related to the deceased. They include medical expenses, funeral costs and the loss of the deceased’s future earnings and benefits. Such compensation can help families address the practical and financial burdens resulting from the tragedy.
Non-economic damages account for intangible losses. This includes emotional pain, suffering, and loss of companionship. While placing a monetary value on such losses may be challenging, seeking compensation for these non-economic damages acknowledges the emotional toll of the loss.
Punitive or exemplary damages
Punitive or exemplary damages punish the responsible party for gross negligence or intentional misconduct that led to the fatal accident. They are not common in Louisiana and require clear proof of gross negligence on the part of the at-fault party. Often, this means the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Navigating the right to damages under the wrongful death law in Louisiana can be complex. However, exercising these legal rights allows families to find a legal avenue to address the financial and emotional aspects of their tragic circumstances.