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Distracted driving can contribute to car accidents

On Behalf of | Sep 3, 2019 | Firm News

Fatal traffic accidents are tragic. They are made even more so when the life of a child is lost as a result of an accident. Holiday weekends sadly increase the likelihood of such accidents occurring as families head out on the roads and add to already congested traffic conditions in Louisiana. All of this combines to increase the chances of being involved in car accidents.

The accident that took the life of a nine-year-old boy happened on a recent evening. A car was stopped waiting to make a left-hand turn. A pickup truck coming up from behind failed to slow in time and veered into on-coming traffic in an attempt to avoid rear-ending the stopped vehicle. The pickup hit an oncoming car head-on. The young boy was a passenger in the car.

The boy was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries. The other passengers and drivers who were involved in the accident all suffered minor to moderate injuries and were treated at area hospitals. While there is no suspicion of impairment related to the accident, distracted driving cannot be ruled out. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Defensive driving in Louisiana involves always being observant of one’s surroundings and expecting the unexpected. This can help prevent car accidents. One always needs to be on the lookout for stopped traffic as the distance between a moving and stopped vehicle can be closed in seconds. No one can undo the tragedy of the lost life. A legal professional can review the facts of the accident and help one to determine if a civil lawsuit against the party deemed responsible is a viable option.