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Fatal auto accidents often affect entire communities

Close-knit communities here in Louisiana often face tragedies together. This includes when fatal auto accidents occur. The members of a community mourn with the families who lose loved ones and provide them with whatever support they may need during this difficult time.

One Louisiana community is doing just that after a tragic crash took the lives of two of its teenagers. That same Friday night, the local high school's homecoming game and festivities were to take place. Even though the students decided that the football game would proceed as scheduled, the other festivities that ordinarily accompany a high school homecoming game did not out of respect for their loss.

The two teens were traveling on Highway 4 and 133 when the driver somehow lost control around 3 p.m. The vehicle went off the road. When the driver attempted to get back onto the road, the over-correction sent the vehicle into the oncoming lane of travel and right into the path of a truck that was unable to avoid the collision. The teens had on their seat belts, but the impact was too severe and both lost their lives.

Even in a close community, victims' families still need to mitigate the financial losses that accompany fatal auto accidents. Surviving family members often exercise their legal rights to restitution for their losses. Before accepting any insurance company settlements or filing legal action, it may be beneficial to consult with an attorney to ensure that the next steps taken are the right ones. It can be a challenge to think straight and make the best decisions possible during a time of grief, and it would be unfortunate not to receive all of the damages to which the family may be entitled.

Source:, "Community mourns two Caldwell Parish teens who died in car crash", Gwendolyn Ducre, Sept. 22, 2017

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