Every time a person gets behind the wheel of a car he or she runs the risk of becoming involved in an accident. Seldom do drivers give much thought to the risk of serious car accidents but that makes them no less real. On a recent evening near Slidell, a multiple car accident resulted in the deaths of two people and at least two others were seriously injured.
The Louisiana accident was apparently caused when a car driving westbound on Interstate 12 came to a sudden and unexpected stop. This caused a chain reaction rear-end crash involving four other vehicles. The driver of the stopped car was found unconscious in the driver’s seat. A 77-year-old woman and her 55-year-old passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. Two occupants of a third car were transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.
The driver of the stopped vehicle that appeared to have caused the accident was uninjured. His passenger was also unhurt. It is not known what caused the vehicle to stop but alcohol had not been ruled out as a contributing factor. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
As long as cars are a means of transportation in Louisiana the risk of car accidents will probably remain a reality. Losing a loved one as the result of a serious accident can be a horrific shock. No one can turn back time and undo the tragedy. The last memories of a person will forever be the last memories. Nothing may ever fill the hole left by the person’s absence, but a successfully navigated civil lawsuit against the party deemed responsible can provide compensation for medical costs, final costs and other verifiable losses.