The last thing that the occupants of two vehicles traveling on Louisiana 594 may have ever expected on a Saturday afternoon drive was to become involved in an accident. The crash was a head-on car accident that was fatal for the two drivers. A passenger was also seriously injured.
According to authorities, a westbound vehicle crossed over into opposing traffic on the highway. A 17-year-old high school football player and a 63-year-old man lost their lives. Both were both pronounced dead at the scene. Preliminary evidence suggests the older driver is the one that veered into oncoming traffic.
The injured passenger also played on the same high school football team as the driver. He was transported to a local hospital to be treated for his serious injuries. He is expected to survive. As Louisiana State Police continue to investigate, it remains unclear as to what caused the westbound vehicle to veer into oncoming traffic. Although alcohol was not believed to be to be a contributing factor, blood samples were drawn from both drivers.
The surviving family members of the deceased teen likely have an emotional road ahead of them, as will the family of the other driver. Based upon the initial findings, it would appear that the teen's family has the right to file a wrongful death claim against the estate of the driver who is deemed to have caused the car accident. Similarly, the seriously injured passenger may pursue a personal injury lawsuit. These civil claims must be based upon evidence that the older driver was negligent in a manner that caused or substantially contributed to the crash and injuries/death that resulted.
Source: thenewsstar.com, Ouachita football player, second driver die in crash No author, Nov. 3, 2013