Will wrongful death claim result from car accident death?

In only takes mere seconds for something to go wrong when driving a vehicle. Each year, many drivers and passengers lose their lives in accidents on Louisiana roadways. Not every car accident death results in a wrongful death claim, but many do.

It is possible that the family of a passenger recently killed in an accident on Louisiana Highway 1205 may file such a claim. Two women occupied a vehicle traveling north on that highway at around 12:15 a.m. The 31-year-old driver of the car somehow lost control, which caused the vehicle to leave the roadway and slam into a tree.

The 29-year-old passenger succumbed to fatal injuries at the scene. The driver appeared to survive the crash. Emergency personnel transported her to a hospital in the area where she later died. The Louisiana State Police reported that neither woman was properly restrained at the time of the crash.

The investigation into this unfortunate accident remains open. Hopefully, authorities will be able to give the families of the deceased women more information about what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The answer will not bring back the two women, but it may give the families some closure.

Further, the family of the passenger may use that information in a wrongful death claim. If negligence is proven, filing such a claim could result in an award of damages if the family prevails. There are always unexpected expenses in the aftermath of a fatal accident, and any financial restitution received could help defray those losses.

Source: thetowntalk.com, "Early Thursday crash kills Boyce, Pineville women", , July 24, 2014

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