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Louisiana woman's family sues insurance company for fatal crash

According to a July 29 report, the family of a 35-year-old Louisiana woman who was killed in an alleged drunk driving accident has filed a lawsuit against the liable driver's insurance company. The lawsuit stated that the accident occurred on Interstate 10 near Cleary Avenue in Metairie on Jan. 19. The deceased woman was reportedly sitting in the passenger seat at the time the accident occurred.

The fatal wreck happened around 11 p.m. The driver of a 2004 Toyota Camry, a 31-year-old woman, was heading east on the interstate when she veered the vehicle into a concrete barrier on the left side of the roadway. The car then went across the eastbound lanes and struck a guardrail that was lining the right side of the interstate. The impact killed both women in the car.

The lawsuit claimed that the insurance company, Affirmative Insurance Company, had a policy covering the vehicle that was involved in the crash. However, the insurance company had made no payments to the family of the deceased passenger. It was not stated how much the family was seeking in the lawsuit.

When a fatal accident occurs, the deceased person's family could seek restitution by filing a claim for wrongful death. In the event that the accused driver died in the accident like in this case, the family could file the claim against the driver's estate or the insurance company who covered the driver. An attorney may help estimate the amount in damages that were incurred by the family.

Source: FOX8live, "Metairie car crash kills two," Jan. 20, 2014

Source: The Louisiana Record, "Auto insurer that covered allegedly drunk driver sued over death of passenger", Kyle Barnett, July 29, 2014

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