Police in Louisiana are in the process of investigating a crash that left one man dead and a woman seriously injured. This incident occurred Saturday, Nov. 24, in the Lake Charles area. If negligence contributes to motor vehicle accidents, victims or — in the event of fatality — their surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses. This means, for this particular case, that depending on the cause of this crash, relief may be sought through legal means.
According to a news report, at roughly 9:50 p.m., a man was driving his SUV westbound on LA Hwy 8 when, for reasons unknown, he crossed the center line and struck a vehicle in the eastbound lane. The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries in the event. The driver of the other car, a female, and her 22-year-old male passenger did not fare so well. She suffered serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Her passenger died in the wreck.
Authorities are still looking into possible causes for this crash. Toxicology tests are still pending, so it is unclear if drugs or alcohol are contributing factors. It is unclear if any charges will be filed against the driver deemed responsible.
Motor vehicle accidents occur every day on Louisiana roads. Many of them are the result of distracted or impaired driving. While it may not be known what caused this particular crash, if negligence contributed to the surviving victim’s injuries and the death of her passenger, compensation may be sought by filing civil claims against the man thought responsible. Legal counsel can assist the victim and the family members of the deceased take the appropriate actions to seek maximum relief for their losses.