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Louisiana accident leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

Authorities reported that a two-vehicle collision occurred in St. Martin Parish just before 9 p.m. on Nov. 23. St. Martin Parish officials pronounced one driver dead at the scene of the accident. The other driver suffered minor injuries.

According to the Louisiana State Police, the accident occurred on Louisiana Highway 352. That is where a 39-year-old man driving a westbound Chevrolet pickup truck rear-ended a 2005 Mercury driven by a 54-year-old woman. The impact caused the Mercury to skid across the eastbound lane before leaving the roadway and overturning in a ditch, authorities said. Reportedly, an accident investigation is ongoing.

When accident victims die on account of the injuries they suffered in the accident, it may be necessary for their families to engage the services of an attorney to explore the possibility of filing a wrongful death claim against the people at fault for the incident. In this way, certain bereaved family members may seek financial compensation for such damages as funeral expenses, estate administration costs, emergency medical expenses and perhaps even loss of earnings.

Typically, with accidents that result in the loss of a life, a thorough police investigation is conducted to determine what factors led to the accident and which drivers, if any, were at fault. This may be accomplished by several means, including an accident reconstruction exercise that ultimately produces a report for others, like a personal injury lawyer representing an injured victim, to review and glean information from. If the investigation yields significant evidence indicating that an individual's negligent or otherwise actionable behavior contributed to the accident, that individual may face not just criminal ramifications but also a civil lawsuit.

Source: KLFY, "Fatal crash in St. Martin Parish", Julie Darce, November 24, 2014

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