Louisiana State Police are investigating a head on collision that happened on US 290 near the town of Ragley. According to reports, a man fell asleep behind the wheel of his car and caused the fatal accident. One woman was killed and two others were sent to the hospital with moderate injuries.
The accident occurred when the driver of a Honda Accord apparently fell asleep and drifted into on-coming traffic, right into the path of a Mazda 3. The collision resulted in the death of the Mazda’s 71-year-old female passenger. The driver of the Mazda, also 71 years of age, suffered moderate injuries and was transported to the hospital. His updated medical condition was not reported.
The Honda driver was also taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. His current condition is also unknown. The Louisiana State Police have charged the driver of the Honda with driving left of center. However, they are still investigating the accident. Toxicology samples from both drivers have been taken.
The driver of the Mazda and the family of the passenger retain the right to file a personal injury claim and wrongful death action in connection with this fatal accident. Medical expenses, funeral costs, lost wages, and other expenses are potentially recoverable in a civil action where evidence documents the negligence of another party. If they are able to prove that the driver of the Honda was negligent in a manner that proximately caused the fatal accident, a Louisiana court will consider their damage claims. Granted, nothing can change what has already occurred or heal physical or psychological injuries, but successfully prosecuted legal claims may help the family recover from the unavoidable financial impact of this accident.