Armand v. Louisiana Power & Light Co – Case Brief Summary (Louisiana)

In Armand v. Louisiana Power & Light Co. (La.Ct.App. 1986) 482 So.2d 802, a driver was rendered a quadriplegic after her car went into a spin and hit a utility pole.

The driver had a blood-alcohol content of 0.30 percent. (Id. at p. 803.) Judgment against the utility company was reversed with the appellate court holding that the "location and design of defendant's transmission pole was not the cause-in-fact of the accident." (Id. at p. 804.)

The court found that the utility company had "no obligation to guard against rare exigencies such as an out of control vehicle leaving a traveled roadway." (Ibid.)