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Failing to obey stop signs can cause deadly auto accidents

These days, many Louisiana drivers sit at a green light just a couple seconds longer to be sure that a vehicle in the cross traffic is not going to run the red light. Other drivers slow down at intersections even if they have the green light to be sure that another vehicle will not turn into their path. Drivers make mistakes and costly miscalculations that sometimes end up causing serious auto accidents. Those who are lucky enough walk away with only minor injuries, but in some cases, victims can suffer life-altering injuries or lose their lives.

At approximately 5 a.m. on a recent Wednesday morning, a pickup truck driver headed east on LA 22 had no idea that he was about to encounter a driver who would make a serious mistake. That driver's vehicle was headed south on LA 44, approaching the same intersection as the pickup truck. The southbound vehicle failed to stop and slammed into the pickup truck.

Preliminary reports from the Louisiana State Police reported that the 36-year-old man driving the pickup suffered fatal injuries in the impact. The southbound driver managed to survive with only moderate injuries. Investigators do not believe that impairment played a role in this crash, but continue to investigate the tragedy.

Losing a family member in such a sudden and violent manner can be devastating. Even though money will not bring back that person, surviving family members often sustain significant financial losses in connection with the auto accidents that take the lives of their loved ones. They may attempt to obtain restitution for those losses through the filing of a wrongful death claim, which if successful, could result in a monetary judgment for the damages incurred.

Source:, "One dead after fatal morning crash in Ascension Parish", July 26, 2017

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