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Car wrecks may be caused by negligence and lead to death

Two people in Louisiana recently lost their lives in a one-car accident. Sometimes these types of car wrecks are the result of the negligence of the driver. In this situation, the driver -- or the driver's estate if he or she has died -- may be held liable for any injuries or deaths resulting from the accident.

The accident took place at about 7:55 p.m. It occurred at the intersection of Louisiana Highway 955 and another road. According to police, a man, 22, was driving a car south and suddenly blew through a stop sign at Louisiana Highway 955.

The car then crossed the intersection and hit a tree. Both the driver and his passenger, 21, died at the accident scene. It was not immediately known what caused the driver to fail to stop at the stop sign, although blood samples were obtained from the motorist for analysis to determine if intoxication was a causal factor in the collision. Both of the men were wearing safety belts at the time of the collision.

If it was found that the driver was careless behind the wheel at the time of the Louisiana crash, the surviving loved ones of the deceased passenger may opt to file a wrongful death claim. Not only could the driver's estate be named a defendant in the suit but also any separate owner of the vehicle. Competent proof of negligence is needed to establish liability in a manner that the court finds satisfactory, at which point claims for damages will be determined. Damages may help to cover burial expenses and other losses tied to these types of car wrecks.

Source: wbrz.com, "Victims' names released in deadly car crash in Ethel", Kevin Dupuy, June 26, 2016

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