When vehicles move at high rates of speed, how they will respond depends largely on the driver. If a Louisiana driver is unable to adequately control the vehicle, he or she could easily lose control. The result might be a serious or fatal car accident.
The Louisiana State Police believe that speed was a contributing factor in a crash on LA 24 recently. The driver was heading north on the highway. As the driver attempted to traverse an S-curve, he lost control of the vehicle. It flipped into the oncoming lane where it was struck by another pickup truck occupied by the driver and a passenger.
Authorities reported that a fire broke out following the crash. All three of the people involved — the 19-year-old driver of the first vehicle, the 30-year-old driver of the second vehicle and the 54-year-old passenger in the second vehicle — suffered fatal injuries at the scene. The damage the fire caused to the vehicles did not allow troopers to ascertain whether the occupants were properly restrained at the time of the crash. Toxicology samples were obtained as part of the ongoing investigation.
As the investigation progresses, the victims’ families may exercise their right to file wrongful death claims against the driver of the first pickup truck. If the claims are successful in establishing negligence, the court may consider an award of damages typically sought after a fatal car accident such as this tragedy. If any monetary restitution is awarded, it could help with the financial losses sustained by the families.