When it comes to driving a motor vehicle, all it takes is a moment of inattention for disaster to strike. In the time it takes to reach down and grab something in a car or read a text, a vehicle can travel several hundred feet, or even veer into an oncoming lane of traffic. Car accidents that occur under similar circumstances can be disastrous, and a recent collision in Louisiana has claimed the life of a 63-year-old woman.
Law enforcement agents have advised that the incident took place on a recent Thursday as the woman was riding in the passenger seat of a northbound truck. According to reports, another vehicle that was traveling south suddenly veered into an oncoming lane and hit the truck. Both drivers were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries following the accident, and while the passenger in the truck was also rushed to a medical facility, she was pronounced dead soon thereafter.
Although authorities have advised that an investigation is underway, they reportedly do not believe that alcohol was a contributing factor. However, they have also advised that criminal charges are pending, but no further information was provided as to what they might be. Should the driver of the southbound vehicle be deemed at fault, which is likely, the family of the victim may wish to pursue financial accountability through the civil justice system.
Families who experience loss in fatal car accidents may be entitled to pursue restitution, but without the necessary legal experience, they might be uncertain how to achieve this goal. By speaking with a personal injury attorney, a family in Louisiana could gain a better understanding of the process. An attorney can assist a client in pursuing the compensation deserved through a wrongful death claim against the party deemed culpable.
Source: nola.com, "Marrero woman killed in La. 45 crash", Hanna Krueger, March 9, 2018