1-car accident kills high school student

A 16-year-old high school student in Louisiana was killed in a one-car accident on April 22. Three other minors who were in the vehicle when the wreck took place sustained non-life threatening injuries. Two of the injured victims were 17 years old, and one was 12 years of age.

The fatal car accident happened in Mansfield while the vehicle was traveling eastbound along Kings Highway. At about 3 p.m., the driver veered off of the roadway for an unknown reason and then struck an embankment. The impact of the collision caused the vehicle to overturn and land against a tree. A 16-year-old passenger in the car was killed while the three other occupants of the car were rushed to University Health in Shreveport for treatment of their injuries.

According to reports after the accident, the survivors of the crash had moderate injuries including some lacerations and broken bones. An investigation was launched to look into the factors that led to the accident, but there were no initial reports about what might have caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. It is also unclear which student was driving the car at the time of the crash.

A person who has been injured in a one-car accident like this one has the right to file a lawsuit against the driver if negligence is believed to be a factor. If an injured car accident victim is a minor, the victim’s parents could choose to file a claim on the child’s behalf. Plaintiffs in these types of personal injury lawsuits typically pursue damages that can include the costs of all necessary medical care and treatment.

Source: KSLA News, “Names released in deadly Mansfield crash,” Kelly Colvin, Troy Washington, April 22, 2015

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