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Authorities suspect fatal crash involved impairment

Authorities suspect fatal crash involved impairment

| May 14, 2021 | Drunk Driving Accidents

Losing a loved one in a car accident is naturally a traumatic experience. The trauma is often exacerbated if the crash was preventable. The Louisiana State Police is investigating such an accident that left one person dead and another one injured.

Crash details

According to a preliminary crash report, the accident involved only one vehicle. It happened at approximately 7 p.m. on a recent Monday evening. A 37-year-old woman and one passenger were heading south on LA 57 in a pickup truck when the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle. Investigators say she overcorrected after veering to the right and off the roadway.

The police report further indicates that the truck ran across LA 57 when she overcorrected to the left. Reportedly, both occupants of the pickup truck were not wearing their seat belts. Therefore, both the driver and her passenger were ejected when the vehicle rolled several times.

The consequences

The driver suffered critical injuries and died at the crash scene. Her male passenger survived the accident, and he was rushed to the hospital with moderate injuries. Law enforcement suspects impairment, and toxicology results are pending to determine whether the driver was impaired when the vehicle left the roadway.

When car accidents in Louisiana result from drivers’ negligence, injured victims might have grounds to file personal injury lawsuits in a civil court. It applies even if they were passengers in the car of the negligent or drunk driver. Therefore, in a case like this one, the injured victim can pursue financial relief to cover medical expenses and other losses or damages. The defendant in such a case will be the estate of the deceased driver.