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Too many auto accidents occur on Louisiana's highways

Traveling at high speeds makes it difficult for some drivers to react quickly to the traffic patterns, which are constantly changing on Louisiana's highways. When excess speed, impairment and distractions are added into the mix, it creates the perfect storm for many auto accidents. Crash statistics filtered by these factors involve real people who suffer serious injuries or die due to the negligence of another driver.

Another accident that will be added to the crash statistics for 2016 involved three vehicles, one death and several injuries. Preliminary reports indicate that an SUV was traveling the wrong way in the southbound lanes of Interstate 59 at around 7 p.m. on a Friday night. It crashed into a truck, which then slammed into a car occupied by the driver and two passengers.

Other motorists got to the scene before emergency responders and pulled the car's three occupants from it shortly before it burst into flames. Thereafter, troopers with the Louisiana State Police responded to the scene to assist local authorities. Sadly, the driver succumbed to his injuries. The two passengers survived and were airlifted from the scene, along with one other person involved in the crash.

The wrong-way driver could face charges in connection with this accident, along with civil actions from the family of the deceased victim and the injured survivors. Auto accidents on Louisiana's highways cause far too much devastation to families and alter lives forever. Lawsuits will not heal physical wounds or bring back lost loved ones, but they might provide victims and/or their families with the monetary restitution they need to heal the financial wounds that often accompany these tragedies.

Source: nola.com, "I-59 shut down Friday night due to major crash", Chris Grillot, Dec. 30, 2016

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