There are many times when a driver can control a situation to avoid an accident. Reducing speed, changing lanes or taking evasive action can take a vehicle out of the equation enough that no harm comes to the driver or passengers. However, one category of car accidents may leave drivers helpless to protect themselves from the negligence of others, and that is the rear-end collision.
Louisiana police recently investigated a multi-vehicle accident that resulted in the death of a passenger in one vehicle. Five cars were stopped at a traffic light when a sixth vehicle came up behind them, failed to stop and caused a chain reaction after striking the last vehicle. The 41-year-old driver of the sixth vehicle suffered injuries as well as one other driver. Unfortunately, a 77-year-old man suffered fatal injuries.
It would not be surprising to learn that the driver who failed to stop was distracted at the time of the accident. Distracted driving contributes to many rear-end collision accidents. Police are also waiting the results of the driver's toxicology report to determine if additional charges will be filed against him. For now, he faces negligent homicide charges as well as charges related to outstanding warrants in another parish.
The family of the deceased victim is likely dealing with grief and confusion over the tragic loss of their loved one. They may also have the added burden of paying for final medical expenses and funeral costs. By seeking compensation through a civil lawsuit, survivors of Louisiana car accidents often obtain the funds they need to carry on after the death of a loved one.