Tragedy has struck again in Louisiana by way of a fatal car accident that left two elderly people dead. Car accidents involving negligence are an increasing concern in Louisiana, and far too often they result in fatalities. This causes severe consequences for negligent drivers.
Both of the victims involved in the accident were from Baton Rouge. The accident occurred on US 61 near Pride Port Hudson Road. According to Louisiana State Police, the 19-year-old driver of a 2006 Ford truck lost control and crossed the median. The truck then went airborne and flipped, landing on the top of the two elderly men driving a 1992 Mercury Grand Marquis. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The debris from the accident hit a third driver who was not injured.
The driver of the Ford truck was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. There is an ongoing investigation, but at this time, authorities said that they do not suspect impairment. However, the driver may have been driving too fast.
In cases of fatal car accidents, even driving too fast may be considered negligence. In wrongful death cases, negligence includes acts that are careless and result in the death of another person. In order to prove negligence in car accidents, it must be proven that the driver owed a legal duty of care to the injured, failed to fulfill the duty, caused an accident or injury and harmed or injured the plaintiff.
When a driver is negligent, he or she is liable for any harm that occurs because of that negligence. This may involve compensation to the deceased party's family members or estate for pain and suffering, medical expenses and funeral expenses.
Source: WAFB, "Truck lands on car, leaving 2 dead," Farrah Reed, Sept. 10, 2012