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Louisiana wrongful death: Speeding contributed to I-10 crash

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2019 | wrongful death

Louisiana State Police were called to tend to a crash scene on Interstate 10 in Calcasieu Parish on March 3. When they arrived, they found two vehicles off the road. One person suffered serious injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Sadly, this individual later died. The victim’s surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses, which they can do by filing a wrongful death claim in civil court.

On March 4, a local news outlet shared a story about this event. According to the article, at approximately 7 p.m. on March 3, a 27-year-old woman was driving her vehicle eastbound on I-10. She, for reasons unknown, switched lanes right in front of a pickup truck. Unfortunately, the back end of her car hit the front end of the truck, causing both drivers to lose control and go off of the road. The truck hit a tree before finally coming to a stop.

The truck driver and all but one passenger were able to walk away from the collision. A 51-year-old female who was riding in the front passenger seat, however, was injured and died sometime after arriving at the hospital. The driver believed responsible for the accident was uninjured.

Authorities say that speeding was a factor in this case. They are also looking into whether impairment played a role. So far, the responsible party has been charged with reckless driving, negligent injuring and improper lane use — among other violations. Additional charges may be filed in this case.

Aggressive driving is a real concern on Louisiana roads. This accident is a prime example as to what can happen when drivers fail to follow traffic laws. The untimely death of the victim has, no doubt, left her surviving family members struggling in a number of ways. Thanks to state laws, her loved ones can seek relief and a bit of justice by pursuing a wrongful death claim against the responsible party.