Louisiana State Police recently responded to a crash that took place just outside the station of Troop L. Troopers with that location made a point to mention that the impact of the fatal accident was loud enough to be heard in their office. Therefore, it may be of no surprise that two people lost their lives.
The accident took place on the northbound side of Highway 190 near Highway 22. Preliminary reports of the Louisiana State Police indicate that a vehicle in the southbound lanes of the highway somehow lost control and slammed into the side of another vehicle. That impact sent the out-of-control vehicle careening into the oncoming lanes on the north side of the highway.
It was then that the vehicle crashed head-on into a northbound car. The northbound car was hit so hard it actually left the ground and hit yet another vehicle. The drivers of both vehicles suffered fatal injuries. It is not known if anyone in the other two vehicles involved in this accident was injured.
Alcohol and drugs are not considered to be factors at this time. However, toxicology samples were taken as part of the investigation, which is ongoing. The Tammany Parish Coroner reported that the driver from the vehicle that crossed into oncoming traffic had a serious case of heart disease, which could have contributed to the crash.
Even if that driver had a cardiac event that led to the fatal accident, that does not preclude the family of the other deceased victim from filing a wrongful death claim against his estate. If the court is satisfied that the family proved that negligence on the part of the driver caused or contributed to the fatal wreck, an award for damages could be ordered. Any financial restitution received as a result could help the family with the inevitable financial expenses that typically accompany such horrific events.