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The fallout from auto accidents can be felt by more than family

Most Louisiana residents have at least some interaction with people other than their family members. They have friends, colleagues and others in the community to whom they are important. When they lose their lives in auto accidents, more than just their families often feel the loss.

This could be the case in the aftermath of the death of a 61-year-old mother and grandmother who recently lost her life in a crash on U.S. 90. The woman was reportedly on her way to cook at a benefit organized on behalf of a family that recently lost a child to drowning. As she made her way to the event, she needed to make a left turn onto the highway, but had no idea that it would be the last thing she ever did.

As she made the turn, another vehicle slammed into the back of hers. The woman's vehicle flipped over as a result of the impact, and she was ejected. The injuries she suffered proved fatal. The other driver managed to escape with only minor injuries. The investigation continues, but police do not believe that either driver was impaired at the time of the crash.

Even so, the woman's family may still decide to file a wrongful death claim against the other driver. Successfully establishing through the appropriate evidence that the surviving driver's actions caused or contributed to the death of their loved one could result in an award of damages from a Louisiana civil court comparable to those seen in other fatal auto accidents. The receipt of restitution could help recoup the monetary losses incurred in the aftermath of this crash.

Source: theadvocate.com, "Two-car crash in Des Allemands kills 61-year-old woman", Ramon Antonio Vargas, July 21, 2017

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