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Identifying a driver is not easy in some auto accidents

In most crashes on Louisiana roadways, identifying the individual driving the vehicle at the time is easy. In some auto accidents, however, it takes additional investigation to determine the identity of the driver. This question can arise in crashes involving only one vehicle in which the occupants were thrown from their seats and all of them died from injuries suffered in the impact.

This happens to be the case in a single-vehicle crash on a recent Tuesday morning at approximately 5:30 a.m. Troopers with the Louisiana State Police were called to the scene of the accident, which took place on Highway 1. Upon arrival, three bodies were found outside the vehicle -- a 34-year-old man, a 30-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man It could take some time to determine which victim was the driver.

Preliminary reports indicate that the vehicle traveled at a high rate of speed before running off the road. It slammed into a concrete driveway and began to flip, which is when all three occupants were thrown out of the vehicle. It finally came to rest after ramming into a tree. The scene showed evidence that alcohol played a role in the accident, and toxicology samples from the occupants were obtained for testing.

The investigation remains ongoing. Finding out which individual was driving the vehicle is crucial should any of the surviving family members of the other victims exercise their rights to file wrongful death claims in connection with the crash. As is the case in other auto accidents, surviving family members retain the right to seek restitution for the financial losses and other damages incurred.

Source: fox8live.com, "Three killed in one-vehicle accident in Cut Off", June 20, 2017

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