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Does wearing a seatbelt make a difference in some auto accidents?

Louisiana drivers and their passengers should always wear a seat belt. However, the outcome may be the same in some auto accidents regardless. In those crashes, the force of the impact may have more to do with the serious or deadly injuries suffered by the occupants of a vehicle than anything else (such as in a semitrailer versus passenger vehicle accident).

This may have been the case in a crash involving a big rig and a passenger car that took place at around 5:45 a.m. on a recent Thursday morning. As the two vehicles headed toward each other on Louisiana Highway 124, the 26-year-old driver of the passenger car somehow lost control. His vehicle then veered into the path of the 18-wheeler.

The truck driver was unable to avoid the resulting collision. The car driver and one of his passengers, a 22-year-old man both perished in the accident. Neither was wearing a seatbelt. The 24-year-old woman who was the third occupant of the car escaped with only minor injuries, along with the truck driver. Toxicology tests will determine whether impairment could have played a role in this tragedy.

Regardless, the family of the deceased passenger retains the right to file a wrongful death claim, seeking restitution for the monetary losses associated with the loss of their loved one. If negligence is established through the appropriate evidence, then the court may consider an award of damages similar to those sought in other cases involving fatal auto accidents. To increase the chances of a successful claim, it may be beneficial to discuss the matter with an attorney.

Source:, "Two unrestrained men killed in Winn Parish crash", Sept. 14, 2017

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