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Fatal car accidents are often due to driver negligence

A man was recently killed in Louisiana in a pedestrian accident that occurred on a Wednesday. These types of car accidents often occur when a driver fails to proceed with caution. In those circumstances, the driver may be held liable for injuries or deaths that occur as a result.

The motor vehicle accident happened at a little past 4 p.m. on an expressway. Police said a woman, 64 years old, told police she was driving a car and spotted a drain in the roadway. Fearing she would hit it, she apparently tried to stop her vehicle. Apparently, she accidentally accelerated and ended up striking the drain.

Her car subsequently struck a 74-year-old man who was standing with his pet between his car and a building. The man was reportedly dragged under the woman's vehicle until the car struck a utility pole. Officials took him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities continued to investigate the accident and indicated that charges were pending.

In this Louisiana pedestrian accident, the surviving loved ones of the man who was killed may choose to file a wrongful death claim against the woman, pursuing claims for monetary damages. If the woman ends up being charged and then convicted in connection with the fatal accident, proof of the conviction may be presented in a related civil court proceeding. In these types of car accidents, competent proof of negligence is necessary to establish liability in civil court. Once that is accomplished, claims for monetary damages will be adjudicated.

Source: nola.com, "Gretna pedestrian dies after Wednesday West Bank crash", Michelle Hunter, Nov. 21, 2016

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