Posted on July 29, 2016
Roadways with no median between lanes of opposing traffic can have the potential for innumerable head-on collisions. In an effort to prevent this, the centerline designates areas that provide a safer opportunity for passing other vehicles in one’s lane. Two vehicles were involved in a fatal accident in Louisiana when one car allegedly attempted to pass illegally.
A 20-year-old man was driving south along the highway one morning before moving into the northbound lanes of traffic in an area not designated for passing. Another vehicle was traveling north and tried, unsuccessfully, to swerve out of the path of this oncoming van. The northbound automobile was carrying five occupants; the van contained solely the driver.
The impact of this motor vehicle collision left three young passengers and the driver of the second car with moderate injuries. The driver of the van suffered critical injuries; the front seat passenger in the other vehicle suffered severe injuries, which cost him his life. Those injured were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Authorities do not believe that either driver was impaired at the time of the accident.
The four surviving victims have the right to file civil claims against the allegedly responsible party for their personal injury. Additionally, they can file claims for the wrongful death of their loved one. Louisiana residents who have been involved in a head-on collision or other crash can take action for themselves. Furthermore, those with family members who may have been killed in a fatal accident can file claims on their behalf.
Source: nola.com, “Car crash kills 1, injures 5 in Washington Parish, police say“, Danielle Dreilinger, Sep. 5, 2015