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Death may result from Louisiana motor vehicle accidents

A vehicle crash recently claimed one woman's life in Louisiana. The victim was an elderly woman. The crash occurred on a Monday at around 2:20 p.m. Sometimes, these types of motor vehicle accidents are due to the negligence of a driver, in which case the drivers may be held liable.

According to police, the victim was riding in a car that a man, age 20, was driving. Authorities said the crash happened when the man attempted to make a left turn to enter a private driveway. At that moment, a vehicle an 82-year-old woman was driving struck his vehicle.

The impact of the collision between these two vehicles caused the 82-year-old woman's vehicle to strike a third car that a 27-year-old woman was operating. The elderly female passenger in the first car was taken to the hospital by helicopter, where she succumbed to her injuries. None of the other individuals involved in the accident appear to have suffered incapacitating injuries. Impairment did not seem to be causal factor in the crash, although police continued to investigate the collision.

In accidents involving left turns, the person making the left turn is often considered at fault in the crash since he or she must yield the right of way to oncoming traffic. If police determine that the 20-year-old man was at fault in the accident, he may be held liable for the elderly woman's death, as well as for any injuries suffered by the other individuals involved in the three-car accident. Before claims for monetary damages are adjudicated in wrongful death cases or personal injury cases involving motor vehicle accidents, however, liability has to be established in a manner that pleases the civil court hearing such cases in Louisiana.

Source:, "West Shreveport fatal accident", Nancy Cook, July 18, 2016

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