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Negligent driver may have caused fatal accident in Louisiana

Four people recently lost their lives in a vehicle crash in Louisiana. One of the fatal accident victims was only a year old. If this accident was caused by a negligent driver, the negligent driver may be held liable for the deaths resulting from the accident.

Police said the accident happened when a man, 22, was going north on a street in a pickup truck and started to pass a couple of cars in a no-passing zone. He began to approach a hill at this time. When the man's truck reached the top of the hill, his truck hit another driver's car head-on.

A woman, 19, and the 1-year-old -- who appears to be related to the truck driver -- were passengers in the truck. Meanwhile, the 24-year-old individual driving the car was alone in this vehicle. All of the individuals in the car and truck died.

In this accident case involving an allegedly negligent driver, the surviving family members of the woman who was riding in the truck, as well as the car driver, may decide to file wrongful death claims against the truck driver. Although the driver of the pickup truck died in the Louisiana crash, a liability claim may still be filed against his estate and against any other party who had an ownership interest in the pickup truck. Competent proof of negligence is required to establish liability in this type of car accident case. If financial responsibility is established to the court's satisfaction, a judge will decide claims for monetary damages.

Source: nola.com, "4 killed, including toddler, in Clinton car crash: Louisiana State Police", May 31, 2016

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