A Louisiana motor vehicle accident has claimed the lives of two women. The accident occurred on a recent Monday morning. The victims were 24 and 38 years old. If one driver's negligence leads to someone else's death, grounds exist for a wrongful death claim in civil court.
According to police, the younger woman was driving a convertible. It had reportedly been involved in a rear-end crash earlier that morning on a boulevard exit during rush hour. Police said the convertible driver agreed to meet the other motorist at a fueling station so that the incident could be reported, but the woman drove away instead.
According to authorities, the convertible driver began to speed against traffic and, at just about 7:30 a.m., struck a car in an intersection whose driver was attempting to turn left. The convertible flipped on its side and slid toward a utility pole. Both the convertible driver and her passenger died at the crash scene. Fire fighters took over an hour to extricate them from the severely damaged vehicle.
The surviving loved ones of the deceased passenger may decide to file a wrongful death claim in a Louisiana civil court, seeking damages. Although the driver of the vehicle who is said to have caused the accident was also killed, a claim may still be filed against her estate. In addition, any other person with an ownership interest in the convertible may be named as a defendant. A successfully litigated case may lead to monetary compensation to help cover accident-related losses, includng burial costs.
Source: theadvocate.com, "Victims in fatal Metairie crash ID'd, were fleeing earlier hit-and-run accident, authorities say", Ramon Antonio Vargas, May 16, 2016