Louisiana collision kills 1, injures 1

One man died and another was injured in a Louisiana crash on June 8. The car accident occurred when one of the drivers involved crossed into a lane of opposing traffic for unknown reasons.

The accident occurred just around 9:30 p.m. in Monroe on Louisiana Highway 549. A 23-year-old man driving a sedan southbound crossed over the centerline into the path of a truck driven by a 32-year-old man. The two vehicles then collided. Officials from the Union Parish Coroner’s Office pronounced the sedan driver dead at the scene. An emergency crew took the truck driver to Union General Hospital in Farmerville. He suffered minor injuries.

Police said they took toxicology samples but did not believe that either driver involved in the crash was intoxicated. Investigating officers did not disclose a suspected cause of the accident, but Louisiana State Police Troopers did mention in a news release that drivers should take care to avoid becoming distracted while operating their vehicles.

Thousands of accidents occur each year as a result of drivers engaging in distracted behavior such as talking to passengers, using electronic devices, eating, drinking or performing other tasks that draw their attention from the road. In some of these accidents, distracted drivers die as a result of their injuries, while other people injured in the accident survive. Those who are injured in car accidents may suffer injuries that have long-lasting effects such as chronic pain or other complications. Personal injury attorneys may be able to advise injured people of their eligibility to seek compensation from deceased drivers’ estates.

Source: KNOE.com, “Farmerville man killed in Union Parish crash”, Brandon Rodgers, June 09, 2014

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