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Rear-end crash makes 18 deadly auto accidents in Louisiana parish

So far this year, 18 people have lost their lives in deadly crashes in one Louisiana parish. This may not seem like a lot considering the number of auto accidents that take place, but for the families of those 18 victims, even one death is too much. Number 18 occurred at the end of June on U.S. Highway 165.

Preliminary reports from the Louisiana State Police indicate that the 40-year-old woman was heading north on the highway with two young children at the time of the crash. She slowed down in order to turn left. As she began the turn into a private driveway, the vehicle behind her slammed into the rear of her vehicle.

Despite the fact that the woman was wearing her seat belt, she suffered severe injuries in the impact. The Morehouse Parish Coroner's Office pronounced her dead at the scene. Luckily, the two children in her vehicle only suffered minor injuries for which they were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The 31-year-old driver of the pickup truck that hit her vehicle escaped injury. Troopers issued him a citation for careless operation. Even so, toxicology samples were taken for analysis. At last report, the investigation into the crash remained open.

Regardless of the fact that the other driver only received a citation -- so far -- the family of the deceased driver may still file a wrongful death claim to seek restitution for their loss. As is the case in other fatal auto accidents, surviving family members must first prove to the court through appropriate evidence that the death of their loved one resulted from the other driver's negligence. Successfully accomplishing that task could lead to an award of damages to help with the financial impact of the woman's death.

Source: postsouth.com, "Mer Rouge Woman Dies in Morehouse Parish Crash", June 29, 2017

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