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Woman dies in accident in which drunk driving is suspected

Every day across the country, an accident happens that involves a driver who is impaired. Some of those drunk driving accidents end up with at least one party seriously or fatally injured. Law enforcement officials here in Louisiana and across the country agree that these are some of the most preventable accidents.

For example, the Louisiana State Police are currently investigating a two vehicle crash in which one driver is suspected of having been impaired. Preliminary reports indicate that the driver was headed west on Louisiana 631. At some point, the driver lost control of the vehicle. It then started to leave the road.

The driver over corrected and partially swerved into oncoming traffic. Another vehicle, driven by a 39-year-old woman, was in the path of the out-of-control car. The collision sent the woman's car spinning as it careened into a ditch.

Even though the woman was properly restrained at the time of the accident, her injuries were so severe that she did not survive. The driver believed to have caused the crash suffered serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital. A toxicology sample is currently at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab to determine whether the driver was, in fact, impaired.

In addition to the possibility of criminal charges, the driver could face a wrongful death claim from the family of the victim. If they choose to do so, they will have to prove that the driver was negligent in a manner that caused the death of their loved one. A successfully litigated claim could lead to an award of damages that could help defray the costs often associated with a drunk driving accident.

Source: nola.com, "Crash in St. Charles Parish kills Des Allemands woman", Heather Nolan, March 19, 2015

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