Most Louisiana drivers know that inclement weather can change the way a car reacts while driving. For this reason, most people obey the speed limit or even slow down in order to avoid losing control of their vehicle. Otherwise, a driver could inadvertently cause a serious or fatal car accident.
Troopers with the Louisiana State Police believe that a driver failed to take the weather and the condition of the road into consideration as he traveled west on Interstate 10 around 8:30 a.m. on a recent Friday. At some point, he lost control of the vehicle, which careened off the roadway and slammed into a tree. Neither the driver nor the passenger was wearing a seat belt.
Both the 21-year-old driver and his 20-year-old passenger suffered fatal injuries in the crash. By the time emergency personnel arrived at the scene, they were both deceased. The Louisiana State Police do not believe that the driver was impaired, but that has not yet been confirmed. Other than the fact that they believe the driver was speeding, troopers were not able to provide any further details regarding the cause of the crash at this time.
If the investigation proves that the driver was going too fast for the road conditions at the time of this fatal car accident, that information may help the passenger’s family prove negligence on the part of the driver. When an individual is killed due to the negligence of another, his or her family may file a wrongful death claim seeking damages from the party or parties deemed responsible for his or her death. If they are successful in doing so, the court may consider an award of damages allowable under state laws.