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Car accidents: 1 dead, 1 seriously injured in Louisiana

A crash on March 3 had left one man dead and another person badly injured, according to law enforcement. Louisiana State Police troopers responded to the accident in the early evening on Interstate 10 East. Police believe one of the drivers may have been speeding, but no formal charges will be forthcoming as the driver was killed in the crash. As with most car accidents resulting in fatalities, this one remains under investigation. 

According to the report, a 71-year-old male driver was headed westbound with a passenger on LA 433 when he attempted to merge onto the entrance ramp. For reasons that are currently unknown, the man's vehicle then left the ramp and struck a tree. Despite wearing a seat belt, the driver was killed in the impact. 

His passenger, who has not been publicly identified at this time, was badly injured and rushed to a local hospital. That individual's current condition is unknown. Police do not believe the deceased driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, but they believe he may have been driving recklessly. 

If Louisiana law enforcement come up with proof that the man was indeed speeding at the time of the car accident, they will likely be able to close their investigation. For the injured victim, however, legal recourse still exists. If individuals injured in car accidents choose to, they are entitled to file a personal injury claim against a deceased driver's estate through the state civil justice system. Evidence of the driver's negligence regarding the accident will be necessary to support such a claim. 

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