Louisiana drivers may already know how important it is for a driver to pay attention to everything around their vehicle. This means not just what is directly in front of them. It seems that too many drivers count on the next person to be paying attention to where he or she is going instead of knowing and keeping track of traffic on all sides of their own vehicle at any given moment. Otherwise, they may not see a potential car accident until it is too late to do anything about it.
Recently, a Jonesboro woman was merging from Louisiana Highway 155 onto U.S. 167. According to Louisiana State Police, the 56-year-old woman failed to see a car that was coming toward her while she was merging. She inadvertently pulled out directly in front of another vehicle and cut him off.
Unfortunately, the 49-year-old man driving the oncoming car could not react fast enough to avoid the impending collision with the woman's car. His car slammed into the driver's side door of her car. The woman was reportedly not wearing her safety belt, and she died from the injuries that she suffered in the crash. The male driver was wearing his seat belt and was transported to a local hospital to be treated for moderate injuries. There is no report on his current condition.
Under Louisiana law, the fault of this fatal car accident may rest with the deceased driver for pulling out and cutting off the other driver. The surviving victim is entitled to file a personal injury claim against the estate of the deceased driver, seeking a judgment for monetary damages based upon evidence of driver negligence. These damages may include any out-of-pocket medical expenses, possible loss of wages and other expenses incurred during his recovery, including any potential ongoing medical needs as well.
Source: therepublic.com, "Police: Driver killed in Jackson Parish", , April 3, 2014