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Wrong-way auto accidents rarely end well

When two objects heading from opposite directions collide, the force of the impact is often greater than it would be if the objects were heading in the same direction. This can be seen in wrong-way auto accidents in which two vehicles often collide head-on with great force. These types of accidents rarely end well whether they occur here in Louisiana or elsewhere, and the victims tend to suffer catastrophic or deadly injuries.

Take for instance a crash that occurred in the early morning hours of a recent Sunday on LA 3127. An unsuspecting 25-year-old woman was heading eastbound on the highway at approximately 1 a.m. She had no idea that another vehicle was approaching hers from the opposite direction, but in her lane of travel.

When that vehicle (which was driven by a 45-year-old woman) appeared, the other woman probably could have done nothing to avoid the collision. The impact was devastating. The older, wrong-way driver was thrown from her vehicle during the impact and suffered fatal injuries at the scene. The younger woman survived the impact, but not without suffering critical injuries for which she was transported to a hospital in the area.

At last report, the investigation remained ongoing by Louisiana law enforcement officials. As the surviving victim recovers from her injuries, she may exercise her right to file a personal injury claim against the estate of the deceased driver. As would be the case in claims regarding other auto accidents, if she prevails in establishing that her injuries were due to the other driver's negligence, she may receive an award of damages that could help with the financial losses currently being incurred, along with those that may be incurred in the future.

Source:, "New Orleans woman killed in wrong way crash", Oct. 29, 2017

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