While Louisiana drivers may consider their roads to be generally safe and enjoyable to travel, most are aware that this is not always the case. While many car accidents may be chalked up to relatively harmless “fender benders,” on some occasions, they are deadly. In what is almost an unimaginable turn of events, one Louisiana parish was the location of two fatal car accidents that happened in the span of a couple hours.
The first accident took place on Interstate 10 in the westbound lanes when a 47-year-old man was reported to have been weaving his sedan in and out of traffic before striking the back of an SUV. The impact caused the driver of the SUV to lose control of her vehicle, which careened off the roadway and began to overturn. Two young children were ejected from the vehicle, and tragically killed as a result. The driver’s vehicle wound up in the median, and he was placed under arrest for negligent homicide, reckless operation and negligent injury. It is not yet known if either driver was in some way intoxicated, but toxicology samples were taken from both.
The second of the fatal car accidents occurred less than two hours later. A 56-year-old Louisiana man was traveling northbound on LA 44 when his vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Not wearing a seat belt, he was ejected from his vehicle as a result and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and passenger in the vehicle he struck also suffered serious injuries, and the crash remains under investigation.
While it is certainly shocking to consider such a tragic loss of life, serious car accidents happen every day. The initial trauma can be overwhelming for victims and their families. Especially when the death of a loved one is involved, families may find themselves confused, angry and helpless. In these situations, it can be helpful to request the aid of a compassionate attorney, who can often expedite the legal process in a search for justice on behalf of his or her client.
Source: wgno.com, “Three killed in separate crashes in Ascension Parish“, Jeff Hamburger, May 7, 2018