Police officers in Louisiana were recently called to the scene of an automobile collision that occurred in the early morning hours of Sept. 10. According to reports, both drivers died in the car crash, and two passengers survived the incident but were left with injuries. Under the right circumstances, the surviving victims and the family members of at least one of the deceased may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses through legal means.
This accident occurred on La. 67, just after midnight. A 16-year-old male was traveling in the northbound lane when he moved to the southbound lane in an attempt to pass the vehicle in front of him. Shortly after entering the southbound lane, he struck a vehicle head-on. As previously stated, both he and the other driver -- a 34-year-old male -- died at the scene of the crash. Two passengers, whose identities were not released, were taken to an area hospital with unspecified injuries.
According to the investigators working this case, everyone involved was wearing a seat belt. It also mentioned that toxicology samples were collected and are currently being processed to determine if drugs or alcohol may have played a role in this event. This is common practice following a fatal collision.
The losses in this case are significant. Not only were two lives taken too early, but two others were also left with physical and emotional scars from which they may struggle to recover. Thankfully, according to state laws, the victims of this car crash and the family members of the deceased victim may seek relief by filing civil claims in a Louisiana court. As the driver deemed responsible for the collision was a teenager, seeking relief may be a bit complicated. With the assistance of counsel, all applicable claims can be filed against the proper parties, and maximum compensation can be sought through negotiations or litigation.