Losing a loved one in a fatal collision can be a stressful and emotional process. When this occurs at the hands of a negligent driver, surviving family members could choose to pursue restitution through a wrongful death claim, potentially prompting a need for guidance in the process. A recent accident that took place in Louisiana has claimed the life of two individuals after the vehicle they occupied was struck from behind.
The accident took place just before 7 a.m. on a recent Wednesday morning. A vehicle was traveling north on the interstate when a truck suddenly slammed into it from behind. The impact of the collision forced the vehicle to strike a nearby barrier before traveling across the road and overturning. A passenger in the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, and although the driver was rushed to the hospital, he also passed away due to injuries suffered.
Although an investigation into the incident is underway, it is unclear what might have caused the driver of the truck to hit another vehicle from behind. Authorities reportedly continue to investigate the crash, but don't believe that intoxication was a contributing factor. Should authorities determine the driver of the truck to be at fault, the family of the victim could choose to pursue accountability through the civil justice system.
Individuals who lose a loved one due to the negligence of others may wish to pursue restitution for their losses, but the process can be complex. When facing a similar situation, a family could speak with a personal injury attorney for advice on the best course of action with which to proceed. An attorney can examine the circumstances surrounding the incident and assist a client in Louisiana in pursuing the full amount of compensation to which he or she is entitled through a wrongful death claim.
Source: nola.com, "2 killed in early morning I-55 crash near Ponchatoula", Kim Chatelain, Oct. 18, 2017