Head-on collisions can be disastrous incidents that endanger the safety of everyone involved. Many individuals have suffered serious injuries in accidents involving a negligent driver. A recent accident that is said to have taken place under similar circumstances in Louisiana has left one person in critical condition, and claimed the life of another.
Police say the accident took place around 5:30 on a recent Sunday morning. According to initial investigations, a car was traveling in the wrong lane of traffic when it suddenly hit another vehicle head-on. The man who was operating the car was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the other vehicle was rushed to the hospital, where he is reportedly listed in critical condition.
Authorities have advised that toxicology testing is underway, which will determine if the deceased man may have been intoxicated at the time. No other information was provided as to what might have caused him to drive in the wrong lane. Although there are numerous circumstances in which a driver might exhibit such negligence, drunk and distracted driving are perhaps two of the most prevalent.
Those injured in a collision involving a negligent driver may wish to pursue restitution for damages through the civil justice system. Should the other party die in the accident, an individual can file a claim against the estate of the deceased. Since the process can be complex, an individual in Louisiana could speak with an attorney for advice on the available options, as well as assistance in pursuing the full amount of compensation to which he or she is entitled through the necessary outlets.
Source: nola.com, "Driver killed going wrong way on Pontchartrain Expressway", Michelle Hunter, Aug. 20, 2017