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Car accident death blamed on driver's loss of control

Some Louisiana drivers who lose control of their vehicles are able to recover without ending up becoming involved in accidents. However, others are not as fortunate. In fact, a driver's loss of control was recently said to be the cause of a car accident death.

Troopers with the Louisiana State Police responded to a crash near Louisiana Highway 191 at approximately 3:10 p.m. on a recent Friday afternoon. Upon arrival, it was discovered that two vehicles had collided. The preliminary investigation shows that a westbound vehicle crossed over into the eastbound lane, where it hit the other vehicle.

The driver of the westbound vehicle, a 27-year-old woman, suffered injuries that were described as moderate. There were two passengers in her vehicle, both juveniles, who suffered minor to moderate injuries. At last report, one of the two was taken to a hospital in Shreveport in an unknown condition.

The 71-year-old woman driving the other vehicle suffered fatal injuries from which she died at the scene. The investigation is ongoing. Toxicology samples were taken for routine testing, and officials have not yet decided whether charges will be filed.

While officials decide whether a criminal action is warranted, the family of the deceased driver retains the right to file a wrongful death claim. If surviving family members can provide the court with evidence that their loved one died due to the negligence of another, an award of damages often seen in a car accident death case could follow. Any restitution the family receives could help with their monetary losses.

Source: kalb.com, "One dead, three injured in two-car crash in Sabine Parish", March 25, 2016

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