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Driver negligence may have led to fatal accident

An accident in Louisiana claimed the life of an out-of-state man in August. The crash occurred along Interstate 49. At times, these types of wrecks happen due to driver negligence, in which case the reportedly at-fault driver may be held liable.

According to police, an 18-year-old man was driving south along the interstate and suddenly lost control of his vehicle. His car went through the highway median and crashed into a car that a 39-year-old man was driving. The collision took place at about 3 p.m.

The 18-year-old man suffered minor injuries. His passenger, also 18, suffered minor injuries as well. Meanwhile, the 39-year-old man was pronounced deceased following the collision. All three individuals were wearing their safety belts when the crash occurred. Authorities said charges were pending.

The family of the man who died in the Louisiana car accident has the right to file a wrongful death claim against the 18-year-old driver who reportedly lost control of his vehicle. Competent proof of driver negligence is needed to establish financial responsibility in civil court before a judge will determine claims for financial damages. If the 18-year-old ends up being charged and then convicted in connection with the fatal crash, proof of the conviction may be presented in civil court in an effort to establish liability for the victim's death. A successful outcome might lead to a monetary award that may help the surviving family members to cover the victim's burial costs and even the loss of income for surviving dependents, if applicable. Monetary damages may also help to address the loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and emotional distress caused by the two-vehicle accident.

Source: news-journal.com, "Longview man dies in Louisiana crash", Aug. 23, 2016

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