A fatal accident on June 5 has given the Louisiana State Police the opportunity to remind drivers to slow down. Excessive speeds reduce reaction time for things such as stopping, avoid obstacles and even taking a curve in the road. The car wreck they are currently investigating may have been the result of a speeding driver that lost control.
The accident in question occurred on U.S. Highway 165 near Bastrop. This is the 18th fatal accident that Louisiana State Police Troop F has investigated so far this year. An out-of-state driver somehow lost control of his vehicle and spun into the oncoming lanes of traffic. When that happened, another vehicle was unable to avoid colliding with the out of control car.
The out-of-state driver was killed as a result of the accident. His passenger ended up being taken to an area hospital with injuries that have been described as serious. The driver and two passengers in the other vehicle sustained moderate injuries and were also taken to an area hospital. The current conditions of the injured parties are not known.
It is not believed that alcohol played a factor in the crash, but in accordance with procedure, toxicology samples were taken and sent for analysis as the investigation continues. Those that were injured in the car wreck have the right to file personal injury claims against the estate of the deceased driver. Expenses such as medical bills and lost wages have a tendency to add up quickly and may be reimbursed through a successful civil action.