It can be easy to lose control of a vehicle at high speeds. Drivers have less time to react to a change in traffic, road or weather conditions. This is one reason why Louisiana’s law enforcement officials attempt to determine if speed was a factor in any fatal accident.
For example, a single vehicle crash recently occurred on Louisiana Highway 3062. The investigation at the scene revealed that at approximately 11:18 p.m. on a Saturday night, a car occupied by the 24-year-old driver and a 24-year-old passenger was heading east on the highway. As the vehicle neared U.S. Highway 79 Bypass, the driver somehow lost control of the vehicle.
The car then careened through the shoulder and off the road, where it flipped over before slamming into a tree. Both of the occupants suffered severe injuries in the impact, to which they succumbed. The investigation is ongoing. Troopers with the Louisiana State Police believe that speed might have contributed to this deadly crash. In addition, a toxicology sample was taken from the driver to determine whether impairment was a factor as well.
In the meantime, the family of the deceased passenger might exercise its right to file a wrongful death claim against the estate of the driver and any registered owner of the car involved. Surviving family members are not required to wait for the conclusion of the official investigation into this fatal accident to file such a claim. As long as the evidence presented by the family to the civil court establishes negligence on the part of the driver, an award of damages can be considered.