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Louisiana man dies in head-on collision

Authorities reported that a Nov. 29 traffic accident in Livingston Parish involving two vehicles left a 39-year-old man dead. According to the Louisiana State Police, the accident occurred on Louisiana Highway 40.

Purportedly, a man driving an eastbound Ford F-150 crossed the highway's centerline and collided head-on with a westbound Ford Fusion driven by the 39-year-old man. Toxicology test results checking for driver impairment are still pending, officials said. Toxicology samples were reportedly taken from both drivers and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. No criminal charges were immediately filed in connection with the event. According to police, the investigation is ongoing.

Head-on accidents like the one that occurred in Livingston Parish on Nov. 29 sometimes give rise to legal action, not only criminal proceedings but civil action as well. A wrongful death claim may be filed against careless and negligent drivers or any party whose actionable behavior can be imputed in an accident causing injury or death to others. A personal injury attorney may assist the family of a victim of a deadly crash determine whether a civil lawsuit, like a wrongful death claim, is tenable in their case.

Through such civil action, drivers who cause preventable accidents may be found liable for damages resulting from the accident. For instance, claimants in a wrongful death lawsuit may seek compensation for funeral costs, burial costs and estate administration costs associated with the decedent. Moreover, families of deceased victims may seek restitution for lost earnings in the event that the decedent had earmarked income for the family household or for dependents while alive. The attorney may help bereaved families tabulate and substantiate their damages.

Source: NOLA, "Independence man dies in head on collision in Livingston Parish", Quincy Hodges, November 29, 2014

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