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Driver facing several charges re fatal accident

Louisiana, like many other states, has a "move over" law in effect. All motorists are required to move into another lane, if it's possible, or to at least slow down when approaching an emergency vehicle along the shoulder of a roadway. Unfortunately, the consequences of not obeying this law can result in a fatal accident.

One driver is said to have failed to move her vehicle over when approaching a tow truck that was stopped along the shoulder of I-55. The truck driver, a 34-year-old New Orleans resident, had stopped to assist another motorist whose truck had broken down. The car struck both stopped vehicles, the victim and a roadside barrier. The vehicle flipped then over and was then struck by another car.

The tow truck driver was killed. The driver of the second car was taken to a hospital after suffering critical injuries. The driver who set off the fatal chain of events, a 48-year-old woman, was also hurt, though not seriously. Louisiana authorities have filed several charges against her, including homicide by vehicle, careless driving, negligent vehicular injury, driving on a suspended license. She may also face charges related to impaired driving.

Apart from their entitlement to workers' compensation death benefits, the victim's family may also consult an attorney with regard to filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver believed responsible for this fatal accident. In addition to the physical and emotional losses, they have likely incurred significant monetary damages as a result of this tragic death. Likewise, the other driver who was critically injured may choose to file a personal injury suit. 

Source: wwltv.com, "Tow truck driver killed in accident", Wynton Yates, March 3, 2017

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