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Louisiana crash may lead to a wrongful death suit for one family

Louisiana State police set up roadblocks in all directions along Highway 73 to stop traffic after a fatal accident involving two SUVs and a cement truck. Local residents have stated that car accidents in this area are common due to speeding and reckless driving. An elderly woman was killed in the accident, which may allow for a wrongful death lawsuit if the investigation determines another's liability in the crash.

According to police reports, a woman driving a Lincoln SUV was traveling southbound when another vehicle tried to pass. The other driver, traveling in a Chevrolet SUV, collided with a cement truck after crossing a double yellow line. After the impact, the cement truck driver lost control and spun out, smashing into the woman's Lincoln, crushing the vehicle and killing her inside.

As the investigation continues, Louisiana State Police will reconstruct the accident and officially determine who is at fault. It is typical in Louisiana for anyone involved in an accident to have blood samples taken for analysis by the Louisiana crime lab. The driver of the Chevrolet reportedly has had a history of traffic infractions, including DWI, speeding and improper lane use.

He also received tickets associated with an accident in June for careless operation and driving with a suspended license. In order for a wrongful death suit from this accident the family will have to show that this person's actions directly led to the death of this woman. The prosecution in this case may focus on the history of violations, and any tickets issued for this accident.

Source: wafb.com, "3-vehicle crash involving cement truck leaves grandmother dead," Sept. 28, 2012