The Louisiana State Police have reported that a road traffic collision in the early morning hours of Sept. 6 claimed the life of a 56-year-old New Orleans man. Three vehicles were involved in the car accident, which occurred in St. James parish on Interstate 10. Police say that they do not believe the driver responsible was impaired at the time of the crash.
Police responded to the accident scene near Louisiana Highway 641 at approximately 1:30 a.m. According to the accident report, a sedan traveling eastbound left the roadway and struck the cable barrier separating eastbound and westbound traffic. The sedan is believed to have remained against the cable barrier for about a half mile before crossing into the path of an oncoming car. The ensuing collision between the two vehicles caused the oncoming car to spin into the path of a box truck.
Emergency medical services personnel report that all three drivers were properly secured by safety belts, but the driver of the westbound car that struck the box truck suffered fatal injuries. The driver of the eastbound car that struck the cable barrier was transported to medical facility in New Orleans with injuries that were described as moderate to serious in nature. The driver of the box truck escaped the accident without injury.
The death of a loved one in a road traffic accident causes great emotional trauma, and it may also lead to severe financial difficulties for surviving family members. Monthly obligations may be difficult to meet when the income of a breadwinner is lost, and medical expenses and funeral costs can place additional stress on household resources. A personal injury attorney may be able to assist families in this situation if their loss was caused by the negligent actions of others. In these situations, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed against the individuals who caused the wreck seeking to hold them financially responsible for the consequences of their behavior.
Source: 3KATC, "New Orleans Man Killed in 3 Vehicle Crash on I-10," Sept. 6, 2014
Source: KATC.com, "New Orleans Man Killed in 3 Vehicle Crash on I-10", September 06, 2014