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2 escape life-threatening injuries in head-on car accident

Media sources in Louisiana and around the country often characterize an accident victim's injuries as not life threatening. While that is good news, it does not mean that the injuries will not cause permanent or debilitating injuries that the victim will have to deal with for the rest of his or her life. That is why the news that two victims recently escaped life-threatening injuries in a head-on car accident does not necessarily mean that they are out of danger.

The driver and front seat passenger in question were traveling southbound just before 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning. Without warning, a northbound vehicle entered the southbound lane directly into the path of the victims' car. The southbound driver was unable to avoid the resulting head-on collision.

The 40-year-old man driving the northbound vehicle initially survived the crash, but he later died as a result of the wounds he suffered. The two occupants of the other vehicle were transported to a hospital in the area. Blood samples were taken from both drivers to determine whether impairment played a part in the accident even though the driver who crossed the center line will obviously not be facing charges.

His death might preclude official charges in connection with the car accident, but it does not mean that the two injured victims lose their right to file personal injury claims against his estate. Even non-life-threatening injuries can be serious and cause financial issues for the victims. Therefore, establishing in the eyes of a Louisiana civil court that their injuries were due to the negligence of another could result in an award of damages that could help with the financial losses they are incurring currently and could continue to incur in the future.

Source: wwltv.com, "Head-on crash leaves Slidell man dead", April 24, 2016