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April 15, 2024

St. Martin Parish, LA – Deandre L. James Killed in Vehicle Wreck on Main Hwy

April 15, 2024

St. Martin Parish, LA (August 06, 2021) – On Saturday, July 31, at about 5:30 p.m., troopers from the Louisiana State Police were notified of a single-car accident on Main Highway in the area of Daspit Road in St. Martin Parish. 

The accident eventually caused the death of 23-year-old Deandre L. James, a resident of St. Martinville.

Initial investigations revealed that 23-year-old Stephen T. Boutte was driving a 2011 Buick Lucerne northbound on Main Highway when, for reasons that have yet to be determined, his vehicle left the paved portion of the roadway and entered a ditch. The Buick then struck an embankment and a tree, before coming to its final rest. 

Boutte was transported by paramedics to an area hospital in serious condition. 

Boutte’s passenger, James, was taken to a local medical facility in critical condition. Earlier this morning, investigators were notified that James had succumbed to his injuries during the night.

Driver impairment is not known at this time, but a toxicology sample was obtained from Boutte for laboratory analysis. 

This crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Deandre L. James, at this time.

Fatal Car Crashes in St. Martin Parish

8.06 St. Martin Parish, LA - Deandre L. James Killed in Vehicle Wreck on Main Hwy

According to Louisiana law, the family of passengers who are killed during bus, truck, motorcycle, and car accidents could be entitled to financial recovery. It is important that surviving family members hire an attorney who is familiar with the most efficient ways to successfully pursue all appropriate and available sources of economic compensation. 

When someone is hurt in an accident due to another’s negligence, they will have legal avenues open to them. By seeking the legal counsel of a Louisiana personal injury attorney, victims can learn about the various legal avenues they may wish to pursue.  

The surviving family members of a deceased or injured passenger are permitted to bring a claim against the driver of the vehicle. According to Louisiana driving law, a vehicle’s passenger cannot be statutorily liable for the negligent behavior that resulted in the accident. For example, if the driver is acting recklessly by texting or watching videos while their passenger is asleep, and the driver’s inattention results in an accident, the passenger’s family is most likely entitled to file a claim and seek financial compensation against the driver.

The Louisiana vehicle accident attorneys at Smiley Law Firm have decades of experience in bringing irresponsible people to account. Our team works to support their clients and make sure they get the best possible legal advice. We will always answer any questions our clients have and take care of each legal complexity as it arises. 

Working with a legal team that is sympathetic as well as assertive will give you your best chance at obtaining full and fair financial compensation for your damages.  

The personal injury attorneys at Smiley Law are dedicated to defending a victim’s legal rights and building the strongest claim possible in order to maximize their economic recovery. If you were injured in a road accident, contact our personal injury law firm in Louisiana by calling 504-688-3494 or 504-822-2222 to schedule a free evaluation of your case at your earliest convenience.

Note: These posts are constructed with the use of secondary sources. These sources include but are not limited to local and state news stories, local and state police accident reports, social media platforms, and eyewitness accounts about injury accidents that take place in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana. We did not independently verify the fact surrounding this accident. If you locate any information that is inaccurate, please contact our firm and we will correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available. We will also remove this post upon request.

Disclaimer: These posts are created to raise awareness about the dangers of driving in Louisiana. We hope that by casting light on serious accidents like this one, other drivers will take heed, and avoid being seriously injured in a similar accident. This post is not a solicitation for business. The information contained in this post is not intended to be legal or medical advice. The photo used in this post was not taken at the accident scene.

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