Speed suspected factor in deadly Louisiana car accident

Younger Louisiana drivers will often take risks behind the wheel of a car that older, more experienced drivers would find foolhardy. A young person's sense of immortality will sometimes preclude them from understanding the potential consequences of their actions on the roadways. Someone who does not have a significant amount of experience driving may not realize just how little control he or she has -- or how easily a car accident can occur -- the faster he or she drives.

For example, a 21-year-old university student was traveling at a high rate of speed on Louisiana 150. At some point, he lost control of the vehicle, and it rolled numerous times before finally coming to a stop. Unfortunately, the driver suffered fatal injuries in the crash and died at the scene.

Another Grambling University student was also in the car at the time. He survived the crash but suffered unidentified injuries. His injuries were significant enough for emergency medical personnel on the ground to call for a medical helicopter to transport him to a hospital in Shreveport. At last report, he remained hospitalized, and his condition was listed as serious. No further information regarding the accident is available at present.

As the passenger struggles to recover from his injuries, he is undoubtedly incurring what could easily become an overwhelming amount of medical bills. In addition, the nature of his injuries could require continuing medical care after his release from the hospital. In an attempt to offset the financial impact of the car accident, he may exercise his right to file a personal injury claim against the estate of the driver. Proving that his injuries were the result of the driver's negligence could lead to an award of monetary damages needed to defray the costs of his recovery.

Source: thenewsstar.com, "Grambling student dies in vehicle accident", Dec. 17, 2014

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