The unexpected death of a loved one is never easy. When that death occurs as the result of another person's actions and appears to have been completely preventable, the loss may seem even more tragic. Unfortunately, a family in Louisiana is still likely processing the news that one of their loved ones was killed and another suffered serious injuries in a recent crash.
The incident happened on a day in mid-September. According to reports, a 70-year-old man and his son were sitting in a pickup truck in front of a business owned by the former. Unfortunately, an 18-year-old driver reportedly lost control of his vehicle while drag racing, causing it to crash into the truck.
Police claim that the force of the impact caused both vehicles to travel approximately 80 feet before stopping. Though the father was taken to the hospital, he did not survive. His daughter reports that the son -- her brother -- was also injured and remains hospitalized due to a ripped spleen, a broken leg and fractured ribs. The teenage driver is also in serious condition. Police reports that the incident remains under investigation, but criminal charges are pending.
Along with the grief associated with such an unexpected loss often comes a complicated financial situation. Families are often unprepared for the ramifications of lost wages and funeral expenses. The injured son who suffered serious injuries in this Louisiana crash may also experience financial hardship as medical bills accumulate. While it will likely do little to lessen their grief, filing successfully presenting a personal injury lawsuit against the parties determined to be responsible can allow surviving family members to focus on their recovery rather than their ability to fulfill their financial obligations.