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Car wrecks caused by distracted driving may be deadly

A teenage girl recently lost her life in a Louisiana vehicle accident. The accident took place on a Thursday afternoon. At times, these types of car wrecks occur due to the carelessness of a person behind the wheel, in which case the driver may be held liable through the civil court system.

The recent Louisiana accident happened along Louisiana Highway 422 at about 4 p.m. Police learned that the teenage girl who died, 14, was riding in the backseat of a vehicle at the time. The crash occurred when the vehicle was going west on the highway. Apparently, an insect had entered the vehicle and distracted the driver.

When the driver lost control of the automobile, the vehicle left the roadway and descended down an embankment. The car then struck a tree and turned over. The 14-year-old girl, who did have her safety belt on, ended up dying at the accident scene. Meanwhile, the front seat passenger and driver, who also had their seatbelts on, suffered injuries deemed to be moderate. Authorities continued to investigate the accident.

The loved ones of the teenage girl who died in the single-vehicle accident in Louisiana may opt to file a wrongful death claim against the automobile's driver, seeking damages. Liability has to be established in a manner that pleases the civil court before claims for financial damages will be adjudicated. A monetary award in a successfully fought suit may help to pay for burial costs and other losses stemming from these types of car wrecks.

Source: wect.com, "Mississippi teen dies in Louisiana crash on Thanksgiving Day", Nov. 24, 2016

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