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Fatal car accidents usually stem from negligence

A high school student was recently killed in a motor vehicle accident in the state of Louisiana. The accident took place on a Tuesday. Sometimes fatal car accidents occur due to the carelessness of drivers on the road, in which case these drivers may be held liable for the deaths resulting from the accidents.

In the recent Louisiana car accident, police said four people were riding in the car involved in the single-car crash. All of them were restrained properly. However, the driver of the car, age 17, ended up losing control of the motor vehicle along Louisiana 433.

The motor vehicle left the roadway and then overturned into a waterway, trapping the four occupants of the automobile inside. Three of the individuals suffered minor injuries in the crash. Meanwhile, a 16-year-old boy died at a hospital after being rescued from the car and being found to be in critical condition. Police continued to investigate what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

If an individual dies in a Louisiana car accident due to another person's negligence, a wrongful death claim filed by the deceased victim's surviving family members, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages. Liability must be established to the civil court's satisfaction before claims for damages will be determined. Monetary damages may help to cover burial costs and other financial losses stemming from these types of deadly car accidents. Damages may also help to address pain and suffering along with emotional distress, both for the victim up until the time of death and for immediate surviving family members.

Source: nola.com, "Car overturned before waterway wreck that killed Slidell teen, police say", Robert Rhoden, Dec. 21, 2016

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