Tragedy occurs too often on Louisiana roadways. It’s no secret that many car accidents are the result of irresponsible driving. Sadly, two families recently lost teenagers after a fatal head-on collision occurred between a sedan and a pickup truck.
On a recent weekend night, a 20-year-old pickup truck driver was driving on U.S. Highway 167. Unfortunately, he was driving in the incorrect direction and struck a sedan full of teenagers head-on. His toxicology tests are pending, but authorities suspect that he may have been impaired at the time of the accident. Surprisingly, he suffered very few injuries as authorities also believe that he was not wearing proper restraints at the time of the collision. Compounding his previous poor judgment, the pickup driver ran from the scene of the accident but was quickly apprehended by authorities.
The sedan was driven by a 16-year-old girl who was killed in the accident. A 15-year-old passenger was also killed. Two other passengers suffered injuries but are expected to survive. There is no evidence to suspect that the sedan driver was impaired at the time of the accident. The pickup driver has been charged with multiple criminal charges.
When tragic car accidents occur such as this one, families are often devastated. For many, it is difficult to process car insurance claims or consider the possibility of a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court. Fortunately, personal injury attorneys in Louisiana are equipped to assist families with filing insurance claims and pursuing legal claims for monetary damages against the party or parties deemed responsible.
Source: wafb.com, “Kaplan man charged for crash that killed two teen girls in Vermilion Parish“, Nick Gremillion, Feb. 5, 2018