Troopers with the Louisiana State Police are attempting to determine what caused a driver to lose control of his vehicle around 8:15 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. It has not yet been determined whether the driver was impaired when his vehicle slammed into an SUV. Three people lost their lives in that car wreck, including the driver believed to be at-fault.
Preliminary reports from the Louisiana State Police indicate that a 24-year-old driver lost control on a curve. This caused his vehicle to drift into the oncoming lane of traffic where it slammed head-on into another vehicle. A married couple and their two daughters occupied that vehicle.
The 38-year-old husband was driving at the time of the crash. He suffered moderate injuries in the crash, as did his 14-year-old daughter. The latest report regarding their conditions indicates that they are expected to recover. The man’s 37-year-old wife died in the crash. The couple’s 11-year-old daughter also suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.
The investigation continues, and toxicology samples are being analyzed by the crime lab. Of course, no charges will be filed against the other driver since he also perished in the car wreck. However, that does not preclude the man who lost half of his family from filing wrongful death and personal injury claims against the deceased driver’s estate. Undoubtedly, the now single father would prefer to have his wife and other child back, but any monetary restitution received from successfully proving his losses and injuries resulted from the negligence of the other driver could help with the financial losses he may incur.