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Car accidents: 1 dead, 1 seriously injured in Louisiana

A crash on March 3 had left one man dead and another person badly injured, according to law enforcement. Louisiana State Police troopers responded to the accident in the early evening on Interstate 10 East. Police believe one of the drivers may have been speeding, but no formal charges will be forthcoming as the driver was killed in the crash. As with most car accidents resulting in fatalities, this one remains under investigation. 

According to the report, a 71-year-old male driver was headed westbound with a passenger on LA 433 when he attempted to merge onto the entrance ramp. For reasons that are currently unknown, the man's vehicle then left the ramp and struck a tree. Despite wearing a seat belt, the driver was killed in the impact. 

Car accidents: Pregnant woman and child die in crash

A tragic accident recently claimed the lives of a woman, her unborn twins and her 7-year-old son. According to Louisiana authorities in St. John The Baptist Parish, the crash happened in the morning of Feb. 24 on Interstate 10. As with most car accidents, police are carefully reviewing the crash to determine whether criminal charges will be filed against the surviving driver. 

According to the report, it appears the 27-year-old woman was headed eastbound with her 7-year-old son in the car around 11:52 a.m. when the accident happened. At this point, her vehicle was rear-ended by a pickup truck carrying a passenger and his 3-year-old son. The passenger and the child were both hurt in the crash and taken to local hospitals for treatment. 

Negligent driver possible cause of fatal crash

A woman from Lacombe was tragically killed in a multi-vehicle accident during the evening of Feb. 18, according to local sources. Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to the accident, and has indicated that the cause of the crash was likely due to a negligent driver. Several other people were seriously hurt in the crash, which is still under investigation. As of this report, intoxication is not being considered a factor, and no charges have been filed. 

According to the report filed by Troop L, the accident occurred around 5 p.m. on US 190 West in St. Tammany Parish. It appears an eastbound vehicle driven by a 38-year-old man struck the rear of another eastbound car. This caused his vehicle to enter the opposite lane where it struck a third car head-on. Thankfully, no one in the car that was initially struck was injured. 

Car accidents: 2 dead in Louisiana

Two people are dead and two more have been taken to the hospital in serious condition following a four-car pileup on Interstate 12 near New Orleans, according to local sources. Representatives of the Louisiana State Police confirmed the deaths of a woman and a man who have since been identified. The driver believed responsible is facing multiple charges, as is common in cases of fatal car accidents with a clear cause. 

According to police, a 35-year-old man was driving his pickup truck on I-12 when the crash occurred. Police say the man became "unresponsive" before stopping his vehicle in the left lane. This, police say, directly contributed to the accident, a subsequent four-car pileup. A 77-year-old woman and her 55-year-old male passenger were both pronounced dead at the scene. 

Serious injuries can be hidden after car accidents

Many crash victims in Louisiana refuse medical treatment because they see or feel no physical harm. They may not realize that the typical emotional disorientation and mental trauma could hide or delay symptoms. Many serious injuries can develop over the weeks following a crash, one of which is headaches that might not be linked to the accident. It could be a sign of severe concussion or a blood clot on the brain.

Neck, shoulder and back pain are typically caused by whiplash, and x-rays, MRIs or CT scans can lead to diagnoses and proper treatment. Back pain can indicate damage to ligaments, muscles or nerves of the back, or even vertebrae damage. Whiplash can also cause numbness in the hands and arms if the injury occurred in the neck or the spinal column. Another red flag is abdominal swelling, pain, bruising and feeling dizzy, which could result from damage or bleeding in internal organs.

Car accidents: woman dead in Louisiana

One woman has lost her life in a car crash in Oupelousas, according to local sources. The 57-year-old woman was pronounced dead following a two-vehicle accident that sent another person to the hospital. Car accidents causing fatalities are always carefully investigated by Louisiana authorities, though, in this instance, it does not appear criminal charges will be forthcoming. 

According to the report, the woman was headed northbound on Interstate 103 when the road curved. For some reason, the woman's car did not adjust for the curve, and she ended up crossing the center line into the southbound lane. This caused a collision with a southbound pickup truck being driven by an unknown person. That individual was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and survived, though they were considered in serious condition when they were transported to the hospital. 

Car accidents: 2 dead following drag racing crash

Two people are dead following a drag racing incident in Baton Rouge, according to local sources. Louisiana authorities have confirmed the death of a 56-year-old driver and a 24-year-old cyclist in the accident. The other driver involved in the crash is facing serious charges, including two counts of vehicular homicide. In fatal car accidents, it is also possible for the families of the victims to file wrongful death suits separately from the criminal charges. 

According to the report, the 56-year-old man was engaged in a drag race with his 57-year-old brother who was driving another vehicle. It appears the younger driver crashed into his brother's vehicle on the side, causing both cars to veer off the road before striking a utility pole. A 24-year-old cyclist was also struck before the cars came to a rest. 

Being in a hurry is not a good enough reason to tailgate

Like most Louisiana residents, you likely have somewhere you need to be almost every day. As a result, you get in your vehicle and try to make it to your destination without any major setbacks. You give yourself time to get ready and leave on time so that you do not feel in a rush while behind the wheel of your car.

Of course, other drivers do not always ensure that they have enough time to get to their destinations, and it is likely that you have found yourself tailgated more than once. You may have simply been trying to follow the rules of the road when another driver decided to get too close for comfort.

Wrongful death suits possible in 4-car crash

Two people are dead and two others are seriously injured following a four-car pileup in Slidell, according to local sources. Spokespeople for the Louisiana State Police confirmed the deaths of one woman and one man. Police have arrested the driver believed to be responsible for the crash, meaning that individual could face criminal conviction. He could also be the subject of a wrongful death suit or suits if the families of the deceased so choose.

According to the report, a 35-year-old man driving an SUV came to a stop in the left lane of Interstate 12 near U.S. 11. Police believe the man may have been impaired, becoming unresponsive and bringing his car to a halt. This in turn caused a four-car crash that killed a 77-year-old woman and a 55-year-old man, both of whom were in the first vehicle to strike the stopped SUV. 

Car accidents: 1 dead after serious crash in Louisiana

Police say a Raceland man is potentially facing jail time following a serious car accident on the afternoon of Dec. 23. The Louisiana State Police responded to the crash on LA 308, which claimed the life of a 60-year-old woman. One driver has been arrested and is facing serious charges. If he is found guilty, as in other car accidents, he could face the loss of his license, fines and time in prison. 

According to the accident report, it appears that a 25-year-old man was headed northbound on LA 308 when the accident occurred. The man attempted to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone at a rate of speed described as high by law enforcement. This resulted in his crashing head-on into a southbound SUV. One passenger, a 60-year-old woman in the SUV, was not wearing a seat belt and was killed on impact. 

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