A three-car accident ended in injuries and death for several Louisiana residents recently. The April 17 car wreck occurred shortly after 6 a.m. on River Road in Reserve. The site of the collision was near the road’s intersection with West 22nd Street.
Police say that a 31-year-old man from Lutcher was driving a car on the roadway when he inexplicably struck the back end of another vehicle. The impact of the collision caused the vehicle to veer into the oncoming lane of traffic before coming to a rest. Authorities say the man began to get out of his car, and as he did, the car was struck by a pickup truck operated by another Lutcher resident.
As a result of the collision, both drivers were taken to local hospitals. Sadly, the 31-year-old driver later succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the pickup was said to have suffered injuries characterized as moderate and remained hospitalized for further medical care.
Louisiana police are continuing to investigate the cause of this fatal car wreck. Reports indicate that they do not suspect alcohol or impairment of the drivers, but toxicology test results are pending. Once the investigation concludes, a cause for the accident will likely be determined. The report may also address which party or parties are deemed to have been at fault in causing or contributing to the fatal collision.
In any Louisiana car accident, if one of the drivers is found to have been the cause of the accident, any victims may have the right to file civil claims. In a case in which a deceased driver is determined to have been negligent, any liability would potentially result in a claim against his estate. If, however, another party is determined to have negligently caused the death, the victim’s surviving family may have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim in Louisiana courts.