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Auto accidents can turn Louisiana vacations into nightmares

Many people come from all over the country to vacation here in Louisiana. As they drive on the state's highways and byways, auto accidents will happen. Some of them are serious enough to cause loss of life. In those tragic circumstances, vacations become nightmares in a matter of seconds.

This happened to a family from a neighboring state in what many call a freak accident. As they traveled into Louisiana on Interstate 20 just inside of the state line, a livestock trailer was headed in the opposite direction. As the two vehicles approached each other from opposite directions, one of the livestock trailer's tires flew off.

When it did, it bounced through the median into the path of the family's vehicle. It crashed through the windshield and struck the woman in the front passenger's seat. Sadly, the mother and wife died from the injuries she suffered in the accident. The remaining occupants of the vehicle were fortunate to only suffer minor injuries.

The investigation into the incident concluded that the driver had no time to react to the flying tire. At last report, officials were still attempting to locate the vehicle and driver involved. The driver may not yet know that the loss of the tire on the trailer ended someone's life.

Once found, that will undoubtedly change. Even if no criminal charges result from the investigation, the deceased victim's husband may file a wrongful death claim, seeking restitution for the family's loss. As would be the case in other claims arising out of fatal auto accidents, if the evidence shows that negligence led to the woman's death, the court may consider awarding damages permitted under Louisiana law.

Source: ktbs.com, "Oklahoma family headed for vacation when tire crashed through windshield", Gary Hines, Aug. 7, 2017

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