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Car wrecks may be caused by negligent driving

A vehicle crash recently occurred in Louisiana, claiming one life. Sometimes these types of car wrecks are the result of a negligent driver. In this situation, the careless driver might be held financially responsible through the civil court system.

In this recent Louisiana accident case, a 14-year-old girl was riding in the backseat. A woman, 25, was driving the car east along Louisiana Highway 10. At about 11 a.m., the woman tried to pass another vehicle on a hillcrest in an area where passing was prohibited.

When the woman went into the westbound lane, she collided with an SUV. The teenager in the backseat did not have her seat belt on at the time of the accident and was pronounced deceased at the accident scene. Two other young people in the woman's car did have their safety belts on and suffered no injuries. The passengers and drivers in the other automobiles suffered minor injuries in the collision. The woman did pass a Breathalyzer test but still was taken into custody on several charges, including driving with a license that had been suspended, passing in an area where passing was not allowed and negligent homicide.

The surviving loved ones of the teenager who died in the Louisiana crash may decide to file a wrongful death claim seeking damages against the woman who reportedly caused the accident. If the woman is convicted of her charges, proof of the convictions may be presented in civil court in an effort to establish liability. Liability must be established to the court's satisfaction in cases involving these types of car wrecks before claims for damages will be determined.

Source: nola.com, "14-year-old killed in 3-car crash near Franklinton, police say", Richard A. Webster, Aug. 6, 2016

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