When a car accident happens on a Louisiana roadway, authorities often must investigate to determine what caused the accident to occur. In some cases, authorities can determine what did not happen before they can ascertain what did happen. That is the case in a recent fatal accident on I-10 that left one driver dead.
According to reports, a 62-year-old woman was driving on I-10 in the westbound direction when her vehicle was struck from behind by an SUV. Authorities noted that the deceased driver was driving slowly at the time of the collision, though it is not known how slow, or why. The driver was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The driver of the SUV, a 42-year-old woman, was not injured in the collision.
Authorities stated that they do not believe that speed or impairment were factors in the collision, though little else is known. The investigation is ongoing. Accidents like this one may be particularly devastating for the family of the deceased victim. It can be challenging to move beyond the grief of such a devastation when there is little known about why the accident took place.
Beyond taking the first steps to determine exactly what happened to cause the accident, it must also be determined whether the SUV driver, or any other party, was negligent in any way. If a negligent party is identified, that party may find themselves facing criminal charges, civil actions, or both. In Louisiana, the family of a fatal accident victim may choose to seek damages for their loss through a wrongful death claim. Successfully litigated wrongful death claims can provide the surviving family members with monetary compensation for the loss of their loved one, funeral expenses, lost wages and more. While this compensation may be shallow in light of their understandable grief, it can nonetheless be a valuable asset to move beyond the pain.
Source: Nola.com, “LaPlace woman killed in I-10 crash in St. John the Baptist Parish,” March 16, 2013