Every driver in Louisiana should obey the rules of the road, and many people often do. However, nearly everyone has sped, rolled through a stop sign or made an illegal u-turn without consequence. Unfortunately, there are times when the failure to pay attention to traffic signs leads to a car accident death.
Recently, a man in a truck was traveling west on Highway 821 approaching Highway 33. Meanwhile, a car occupied by two individuals was traveling Highway 33 approaching the same intersection. By the time the truck driver reached the intersection, the car was already passing through it.
When the 42-year-old truck driver reportedly failed to obey the stop sign, he slammed into the car, which pushed it into a parking lot where it hit a third vehicle. The 49-year-old driver of the car he hit suffered fatal injuries in the crash and died at the scene. Her passenger suffered moderate injuries and emergency personnel transported that person to an area hospital. It is not known if anyone else suffered any injuries as a result of this crash.
The Louisiana State Police continue to investigate this unfortunate car accident death. At this time, the driver of the truck was only cited with failing to obey the stop sign and driving without a valid license. Whether criminal charges are filed will not impact the right of the family of the deceased woman to file a wrongful death claim against him. Further, the injured passenger may also file a personal injury claim. If civil actions successfully prove negligence on the part of the driver, the court may award damages allowable under state law.
Source: greenfieldreporter.com, "State police: Arcadia woman, 49, killed in 3 vehicle accident north of Ruston", , July 1, 2014