A two-vehicle car accident that occurred in Louisiana on April 20 left one man dead. According to the report, the crash took place on LA Highway 496 just west of Highway 3054 in Rapides Parish before 10:30 a.m.
A 2002 Ford F-250 that was being driven by a 30-year-old man was reportedly traveling west on the highway when the man suddenly lost control of the truck. He traveled across the center line into oncoming traffic, where he collided head-on with a 1999 Toyota pickup truck that was being driven by a 50-year-old man. The driver of the Toyota pickup truck was reportedly wearing his seat belt when the collision occurred. However, the crash caused extensive damage to his vehicle and ultimately caused him to be ejected onto the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Ford was taken to Rapides Regional Trauma Center with injuries that were described as moderate.
When the report of the incident was released, the accident was still being investigated by the authorities. Additionally, the report stated that toxicology tests were still pending and that charges were also pending. However, it was not known what those potential charges were.
There may be many reasons that a driver may lose control of their vehicle and cause a fatal car accident. For example, the driver may have been driving too fast for the road conditions, or they may have become distracted and missed a curve in the road. Additionally, they could also have been driving intoxicated or suffered a medical emergency. While the cause is not known in this case, the driver could still be potentially held liable for the accident regardless of what that cause was.
In this particular case, the family of the deceased man may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the accused driver. In order to be eligible, they must have sustained financial damages that were directly caused by the death of their loved one, which may include the costs of an autopsy or funeral.
Source: News Channel 5, “Rapides crash kills Pineville man,” 04/20/2014