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Fatal accident may lead to wrongful death claim

A wreck involving three vehicles recently caused the deaths of three individuals in Louisiana, leaving their grieving loved ones to question how such a tragedy could have happened. The accident took place along Louisiana 1082. Police said it is likely that alcohol and speed contributed to the accident, which is typically sufficient to constitute grounds for a wrongful death claim.

According to police, the three individuals -- ages 29, 22 and 31 -- were going west in a car near a casino on a Wednesday. Police determined that the 31-year-old was driving the car. All of a sudden, the vehicle went over the middle line of the roadway. The car ended up striking a pickup truck that was headed east and was being driven by a 41-year-old.

Police reported that the car continued west in the eastbound lane. It then crashed into a big rig that a 42-year-old man was driving. The individuals riding in the car did not have their seatbelts on and were thrown from the vehicle. Meanwhile, the pickup truck driver and semi-truck driver, who were wearing their safety belts, suffered minor injuries.

The surviving loved ones of the passengers of the car who died in the three-vehicle crash are likely entitled to file wrongful death claims in this case. They may seek the reimbursement of damages sustained in the Louisiana crash, and if achieved, damages may help to cover burial costs and other financial losses associated with the wreck. Even though the man believed responsible was killed, a lawsuit may still be filed against his estate as well as against any separate owner of the car he was operating at the time of the collision.

Source: nola.com, "Alcohol likely factor in wreck that killed 3 New Orleans area men", Kim Chatelain, April 25, 2016

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